Guided tour

Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

Activity provider: When In Rome Tours

Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

Activity provider: When In Rome Tours
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Begin your day at the Vatican at the top of St. Peter's Basilica before touring the church itself. Then visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on this exciting morning Vatican City experience.

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Duration 5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, English


  • Climb to the top of Michelangelo's Cupola
  • Have a fully guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Benefit from access to the Papal Crypts and Catacombs
  • Get into the Vatican Museums fast with a priority access ticket
  • Enjoy an immersive Sistine Chapel experience
Full description

Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square - a quick ascension by elevator later will carry you up to the top of the dome from where you can see all of Rome and far beyond Rome too. The views are absolutely spectacular. Back on terra firma you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this in itself is rare as most other Rome tour operators do not include it in their Vatican tours. Take a break before making the short walk to the comfortable customer center ahead of your second tour to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

Genuine skip-the-line access means that you will be fast tracked to the artistic and archaeological masterpieces which make the Vatican Museums absolutely must-sees when in Rome.

  • St. Peter's Basilica dome climb ticket
  • Elevator ride part way to the summit
  • Expert licensed St. Peter's Basilica tour guide
  • Fastest-track entry to Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel entry
  • Expert licensed Vatican Museums guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

This tour is in 2 segments, with 2 separate meeting points. • Meet at 7:45 AM for a prompt 8:00 AM departure by the Tiare fountain (Fontana delle Tiare), just beneath Largo del Colonnato and in front of the pillars which run around Saint Peter's Square. Your guide will be holding a When in Rome Tours signboard. If you are facing St. Peter's Basilica, follow the pillars to the right until you come to the fountain. • At 11:15 Meet at Via Sebastiano Veniero 19. Across the street from the Vatican Museum entrance, you will see a broad staircase leading down. At the bottom of the stairs, turn right. Walk a few steps forward to find Number 19, where a When In Rome Tours/ Italia Tours representative will be waiting for you.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • There is a strict dress code at the Vatican. Shoulders and knees must be covered for both women and men
  • On the days immediately surrounding religious holidays at the Vatican, alterations to tours may be necessary due to partial closings of areas normally included in this tour. In the event the Papal Tombs underneath Saint Peter's Basilica should be closed, the tour of the Basilica itself is extended
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 278 reviews

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Paolo was a fabulous guide! He was funny, nice, and informative. We learned so much on the tour and also didn’t realize that we would see so much of the Vatican museum. St. Peter’s was amazing and the dome climb impressive with the view and some small and narrow staircases! The Sistine chapel is always a highlight!

August 15, 2022

The tour was excellent! While the dome climb was a bit of a workout, as the stairs were very steep and narrow, it was totally worth the breathtaking view. Getting to see both St. Peter’s Basilica as well as the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel was incredible. I would highly recommend When in Rome tours!

August 12, 2022

The tour was Excellent. Everything went smoothly as planned, the tour starts early so you avoid the long lines under the scorching heat. Our guide Paolo (WhenInRome - Italia Tours company) was extremely nice and insightful, he even guided us through some extra parts not included in the tour (Pinoteca). Ask for him if you can. Absolutely recommended.

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August 7, 2022

Product ID: 292010