Guided tour

St. Peter’s Basilica with Dome Climb and Crypt

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

St. Peter’s Basilica with Dome Climb and Crypt

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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From US$ 38.36 per person

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Access all areas of St. Peter's Basilica and immerse yourself in the history and architecture of one of the most important religious monuments in the world. Climb up 231 steps to the top of the dome for panoramic views of Rome.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Experience the sacred atmosphere of St. Peter's Square before the crowds arrive
  • Climb to the top of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica for stunning views of Rome
  • Explore St. Peter's Basilica in great detail
Full description
Start early and experience the sacred atmosphere of St Peter’s Square before the crowds arrive. Then, head to the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica to take the special elevator to the first terrace of the dome to get a close look at the mosaics. Then, climb to the top of the dome for panoramic views of Rome. Next, take a guided tour of the basilica and marvel at art and architecture such as Bernini’s baldachin and Michelangelo’s "Pietá." Explore every tiny detail of the historic building and get insights from your guide. At the end, you can visit the papal crypt at your own pace.  Please note that this tour only operates in English.
  • Pre-reserved tickets to climb the dome at St. Peter’s Basilica, with elevator access to the 1st terrace
  • Small group tour of no more than 20 people
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meet in front of Caffè Leonina, in Piazza Citta' Leonina, just outside St. Peter's Square.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, St. Peter's Basilica may be subject to visitation restrictions, including limited access to the Dome climb and Papal tombs. Your tour will be amended on the day. The opening time of the Vatican Museums may vary
  • St. Peter's Basilica is subject to unforeseen closures due to Vatican affairs. In the event this happens, the tour operator will contact you as soon as possible to reschedule. In the rare event the crypt is closed, you will spend extra time in the basilica and St. Peter's Square
  •  Skip-the-line access is not possible at the dome or security line
  • Please note that there is no elevator to the top of the dome
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 927 reviews

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Our guide Gianlugi was perfect. He taught us everything important with a lot of charm. He has a lot of knowledge in him and he was happy to carry it on. The tour was very good and, in our opinion, also important, because you can't get all the details that a guide has "alone". We had the tour at 8am and we made very good progress everywhere. Everything perfect.

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August 20, 2022

Great experience with a great guide. We had guiding at 8AM, and there was barely any queue in the security check, which was nice. We were given audio guides so we could hear the guide properly and were given time for ourselves at the top of the dome. Bare in mind that there was no guiding in the crypt, which was implied in the booking. However, after 2,5 hours later it was also nice to walk for ourselves inside the basilika and crypt.

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August 16, 2022

This is my first solo trip.. one that I was very apprehensive about.. However, Magdanena, made this tour a truly wonderful experience!! 3 hours flew by!! The walk up the dome, the many facts of the Vatican church and it’s history! And the icing was to be able to see a cardinal elected!! Our guide, magdanena, was full of knowledge and made this such a memorable one!! I recommend this one a 100%!! ❤️

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July 23, 2022

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