Guided tour

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

Activity provider: ItaliaTours

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

Activity provider: ItaliaTours
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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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  • 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

Visit the Vatican from top to bottom with this unique guided tour that includes a visit to the very top of the cupola designed by Michelangelo. Then it's down to the Papal Crypts and Catacombs for a fully immersive experience. Additionally, enjoy skip-the-line entry and the main Vatican Museums.

Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square and enjoy a guided tour of the St. Peter's Basilica. Get an elevator up some of the ways to the Dome and get your daily dose of exercise in as you climb up 320 stairs. Enjoy spectacular views from the top, which is worth the hike up. Back on terra firma, you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this 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 you will be fast-tracked to the artistic and archaeological masterpieces that make the Vatican Museums must-sees when in Rome.

  • Skip-the-line entry to St. Peter's Basilica Dome
  • Elevator ride part way to the summit
  • Live guided tour around the St. Peter's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel entry
  • Live guided tour around the Vatican Museums
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

There are two meeting points: the Tiare fountain and the Sebastiano Veniero 19; please read below about when to arrive at each meeting spot. • 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. 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

  • 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 usually 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
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The whole day was great! Our guide was so professional, informative as well as friendly. I can't remember her name sorry! The climb wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, I did have to stop for a breather the view is fantastic and worth the climb but you do have the option not too. St Peter's basilica made me well up it's so beautiful. Such a great day. Thank you.

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January 23, 2023

The guide was very pleasant, experienced and very capable at all times, I thank the teacher Goti, that's how I put her in the game for knowing so much, and she did not get angry, she was pleasant and always attentive and guiding. Congratulations, I highly recommend it and the tour is the best of its kind. Thank you very much to the whole group. Greetings Lic Víctor Ramírez from Mexico

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January 13, 2023

The tour was great - good pace and excellent guide. Paolo, our guide, had just the right balance of history and humour. The climb up the cupola was so worth it (about 320 steps, sometimes in narrow, spiral staircases) and the tour of the basilica and Vatican crypt was equally fascinating. Highly recommend!

January 13, 2023

Product ID: 292010