Guided tour

St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

From US$ 40.66 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

Free cancellation
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Duration options: 2 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, English
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

    We'll meet in Largo del Colonnato 5, across from "Galleria San Pietro" Souvenir Shop. Your guide will be waiting for you there holding a "Crown Tours" flag. In order to best serve you we kindly remind that an advance of 15 minutes to the scheduled departure time it is mandatory. Please bare in mind that late arrivals cannot be guaranteed entrance!

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    4.8 /5

    based on 1416 reviews

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    We had 2 guides of which 1 man could tell very well about the Basilica. The other seemed a bit more absent and we were also lost when we climbed the Basilica. This was a shame, but the experience was fun and definitely recommended!

    June 7, 2022

    Very poor customer service,they charge our meeting time and nobody sent as a message.

    June 4, 2022

    Tour guides were amazing, very friendly and had extremely good knowledge. Great experience!

    April 8, 2022

    Product ID: 390363

    VA ID: 390363