Guided tour

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

Activity provider: Touriks

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

Activity provider: Touriks

From US$ 51.17 per person

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

About this activity

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Duration 105 minutes
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, Russian, Spanish, 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

Explore iconic sights in Rome on this guided walking tour. Stroll thorugh St. Peter's square and take in the views of the city from the top of St. Peter's Basilica. Admire artwork like Michelangelo's emotive 'Pietà' statue and go below the Basilica to uncover St. Peter's final resting place.

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 by elevator
  • Sterilized headsets to hear your guide better
  • Use of hand sanitizer during the tour
  • Full on-site assistance
  • Vatican Museums entry
  • Sistine Chapel entry
  • Vatican Necropolis entry
Not suitable for
  • People with claustrophobia
  • People with vertigo
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • 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

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. 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
  • Headphones

Not allowed

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

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 15-90 minutes
  • For environmental reasons, it is preferable you bring your own headphones and do not print your voucher. The activity provider will provide headphones if you forget yours
  • You will be required to pass through metal detectors at the entrance of the square
  • The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Necropoli are not part of this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 2492 reviews

Review summary

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

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Wonderful experience with Claudia, a Spanish mother tongue tour guide but with an excellent Italian. He was able to involve us with a complete and competent but always engaging explanation. Nice and helpful, particularly helpful with our six year old son. I recommend this tour and this guide to everyone.

June 25, 2022

Our guide was entertaining, very knowledgeable, and paced the tour well. I do lament on most of these tours that the information could be a lot denser. Or perhaps there should be a tour for those that would like more in depth information, including religious history in churches and religious sites.

June 20, 2022

We were a group of 14 people. It was very interesting. Christiano spoke understandable German and has a great knowledge. Entry went smoothly. The view from the dome is particularly recommended. However, the ascent is a bit difficult. The aisles are very narrow. Nothing for people with claustrophobia. Some fitness is required, but doable. As a first action went great.

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June 18, 2022

Product ID: 391324