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St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

From US$ 33.10 per person

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

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Duration options: 45 minutes - 2 hours
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Private or small groups available
Highlights
  • 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
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. After heading back down to ground level, take a brief break before entering St. Peter's Basilica. This famous monument is a triumph of art and architecture, unmatched anywhere else in the world. This is where Bernini's sculptures and Michelangelo's art rise above holy papal tombs and the necropolis of St. Peter himself. 
Includes
  • Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica guided tour
  • Access to Vatican City
  • Access to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Access to St. Peter's Basilica Cupola
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to Gardens of Vatican City
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  • Wheelchair users

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    Piazza della Città Leonina, near the arches, where the square meets via di Porta Angelica. Facing the arches, our meeting point is located at the corner of the square, on the left-hand side, next to the kiosk.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

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

    Know before you go

    • All visitors must pass through airport-style security, during high season the waiting time may be up to 30 minutes.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 810 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.4/5
    • Service
      3.9/5
    • Organization
      3.9/5

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    Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was a very interesting tour, we did climb the steps to the top of the dome , the steps are very narrow and steep certainly not for anyone with clostophobia or a fear of hights but it was worth making it to the top as the views were amazing.

    January 8, 2022

    It was good overall. First bit was 30-40mins only and not really explained properly about the second stage which was the dome, which I had to do by myself which I didn’t mind. It was just when it was time to split up from, this was not expressed properly therefore, everyone was kinda confused. It says here optional crypt visit which I was not sure whether this was free or paid for as it was never offered or mentioned during the tour.

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    December 17, 2021

    This was my first time travelling to Italy and my first time visiting the Vatican and it did not disappoint. It is every bit as incredible as people will tell you. The tour guide is fantastic - they will tell you the history of the Vatican and how it came to exist. Michelangelo’s painting in the dome stunned me into silence, it was the most incredible and breathtaking thing I’ve ever seen. It is 100% worth every penny going to the Vatican and climbing the dome to get as close as you can to Michelangelo’s painting. I will 100% pay for this tour again next time I visit the Vatican and Italy.

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    November 19, 2021

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    Product ID: 278782

    VA ID: 390363