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Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

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Discover the wonders of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica with a professional guide. Visit the Dome and soak up panoramic views of Rome, then go underground to admire the historic grottoes. 

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 105 minutes
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Portuguese, English, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Chinese
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Climb to the top of the Dome to admire panoramic views of Rome
  • Admire the Basilica's array of impressive marble, ceilings, and mosaics
  • Visit St. Peter’s Tomb and touch the original 4th century Basilica walls
  • Explore the underground grottoes and marvel at the ancient frescoes
  • Choose between a small group or private tour
Full description

Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square then start the tour by climbing your way to the top of the Basilica’s Dome. Enjoy an exclusive look at the Dome’s impressive mosaics then head further up to the top balcony.

From here, marvel at panoramic views across the city, spot the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and other iconic landmarks. Descend into the Basilica and admire its impressive interior and discover why it took 150 years to build.

Gaze at the colorful marble, golden ceilings, and intricate mosaics that surround you. Learn about the renowned works of Renaissance and Neoclassic artists that are housed here.  Next, head underground to the Basilica’s historic grottoes and visit St. Peter’s Tomb. Touch the ancient walls of the original 4th-century Basilica and admire its beautiful frescoes. Finish the tour in St. Peter’s Square and soak up its majestic architecture. 

Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Entry fees to the top of the Dome
  • Sterilized headsets to hear your guide better
  • Use of hand sanitizer during the tour
  • Full on-site assistance
    Not suitable for
    • People with claustrophobia
    • People with vertigo
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
    • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app
    • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide at Largo del Colonnato 5, by the first columns of the Colonnade. Look for a yellow label with the local partner's logo on it. Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the starting time. The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter's square. Do not go through the metal detectors before meeting the guide.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Weapons or sharp objects

    Know before you go

    • The Dome's terrace might not be accessible during bad weather. In that case, you can ask for a partial refund and visit the other areas, or cancel for a full refund
    • Modest clothing is required to enter the Basilica (knees and shoulders should be covered)
    • Please be aware that the lines to clear security checks at the entrance are not skippable and may take 5-45 minutes
    • You will be required to pass through metal detectors at the entrance of the square
    • The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are not part of this tour
    • The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter's square and the security checks
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 1320 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.4/5

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    Our guide was Elena (English semi-private tour) and she was very communicative, warm and provided interesting information in a fun way! My 11 years daughter especially liked her amd enjoyed the stories! It took approx. 20 minutes to pass security, but Elena made sure we do not feel the queue time, she provided am extensive hiatory of Vatican and St. Peter. I would definitely recommend the tour, is a must! The tour comprises the Basilica and most important art pieces, St Peter's tomb and underground and climb to the Dome. Guide accompanies you until the first level, for the second level you climb by yourself. Excellent tour!

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    January 7, 2022

    Absolutely amazing experience and Karolina our tour guide was brilliant very knowledgeable and warm. My favourite tour guide from all Rome experiences. This particular tour is the best option and prepare lot of time for that. Definitely recommend all this experience and it is really must seen . Thank you. Sylwia

    December 30, 2021

    La nostra guida Ilenia ha reso la visita veramente piacevole. Ha dato moltissime informazioni di storia e architettura, cultura e geografia. Quando si entra in una cattedrale come S. Pietro è davvero necessario avere la guida per apprezzarne il valore. Con le code all’ingresso la visita è durata 3 ore. La vista dalla cupola di S.Pietro toglie il respiro. Eccezionale!

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    November 10, 2021

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