Guided tour

St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

From US$ 29.62 per person

Experience the majestic St. Peter's Basilica with an expert guide. See the city from the summit of Michelangelo's magnificent Dome.

About this activity

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Duration options: 45 minutes - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, English
Optional audio guide
Private or small groups available
Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security, during high season the waiting time may be up to 30 minutes.
  • Join a comprehensive tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Climb to the summit of Michelangelo's Dome
  • Learn about the site from your art historian guide
Full description

Admire the majesty of St. Peter's Basilica in the company of an art historian tour guide. Go up to the summit to take in spectacular panoramic views, and learn about the artistic and architectural significance of the basilica.

Meet your art historian guide in St. Peter's Square and stroll across the piazza into Vatican City. In the basilica, take the elevator part of the way up and then climb the remaining 171 steps. You can climb at a leisurely pace and enjoy the journey up with frequent stops. At the summit, witness the breathtaking 360-degree views of the Vatican City as it extends out into Rome and its seven hills. Take as many photographs as you can because you are very high and will be able to see for a long distance. Return to ground level, and take a break before entering St. Peter's Basilica. Marvel at this triumph of architecture, where Bernini's sculptures and Michelangelo's art rise above holy papal tombs and the necropolis of St. Peter. 

  • Access to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Access to St Peter's Basilica Dome
  • Live tour guide
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Please meet your guide near the arches, where the square meets via di Porta Angelica. The meeting point is at the corner of the square, on the left-hand side, next to the kiosk. Your guide will be holding a sign with LOVING ROME written on it.

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    based on 1682 reviews

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    Fantastic day and our guide was amazing - very knowledgable and friendly and always keeping.track of how we all were as it was a very hot day. The dome climb was early in the morning to avoid the heat the day which was a relief as the temperature got up to 40 degrees the day! There are over 300 steps to the top and the climb was hard work but the views were so worth it! It was also nice to visit the basilica after the climb before the crowds arrived. Overall the trip was excellent and I would definitely recommend it.

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    July 27, 2022

    Apart from the fact that it was a bit difficult to find, in relation to the description of the place Fx by the kiosk, but when there are 3 kiosks it is a bit difficult to guess which one. In addition, the guide did not hold up any sign that we would otherwise have looked for. But. Besides that, which is a small thing. Was the trip itself super cool! And a huge recommendation is to get up early and do it in the morning, as it was already packed with people when we finished the tour. So the trip here is therefore super obvious to take. You get around the entire church, which is also a super cool experience. And the view up in the dome is also absolutely fantastic.

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    July 24, 2022

    Punctual and very friendly as well as informative. Very well organized! Meeting point very easy to find and great tour in the early morning at noon bearable temperatures! Ascent of the dome very narrow and exhausting. Nothing for people in poor general condition or afraid of space/heights! The view makes up for everything! Terrific! Peter's Basilica then on your own in peace.

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    July 22, 2022

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    VA ID: 390363