Guided tour

Rome: Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb

Activity provider: Touriks

Rome: Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb

Activity provider: Touriks
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From US$ 50.29 per person

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Discover St. Peter's Basilica on a guided tour with a professional art historian. Climb to the top of St. Peter's Dome and admire the remarkable views of Rome.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 - 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore St. Peter's Basilica with an art historian guide
  • Climb the stairs to the top of St. Peter's Dome
  • Admire the mosaics of the Dome up close
  • Enjoy stunning views of St. Peter's Square and Rome from a height of 136 meters
  • View the Basilica's array of impressive marble, ceilings, and mosaics
Full description

Join a private or shared guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica and experience this iconic attraction. Start your tour by climbing the stairs to the top of the dome. Contemplate the interior mosaics of the dome up close while your guide shares stories about the history of this Renaissance-style church. Continue your climb to the very top of the dome and reach the viewing deck. Marvel at the striking views of St. Peter's Square and the Vatican Gardens from above. Admire Rome from a height of 136 meters, and spot the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Castel Sant'Angelo, and other historic sites. From here, descend directly into the Basilica, skipping the long lines outside. Marvel at the magnificent interior and learn why the church took 150 years to rebuild. Discover the colorful marbles, golden ceilings, and the impressive Michelangelo's Pietà.

Includes
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica and Dome
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Entry fees to the dome by elevator
  • Sterilized headsets
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-line service
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • 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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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Headphones
  • Reusable water bottle

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • The Dome's terrace might not be accessible during bad weather. In such cases, you can ask for a partial refund and visit the other areas, or cancel for a full refund
  • St. Peter Basilica can be subject to partial unforeseen closures due to Vatican Administration
  • 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 to 45 minutes
  • For environmental reasons, it is preferable that you bring your own headphones and do not print your voucher. The activity provider will provide headphones if you forget yours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 1599 reviews

Review summary

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

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I would strongly recommend a guided tour of St. Peter Basilica, as this will make you appreciate and notice details that you otherwise may miss out on altogether. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very nice to listen to. Top marks and worth every EUR! Unless you suffer from claustrophobia, I would also recommend the climb to the top of the dome, as it gives you a great view of the entire Vatican, as well as a great view of Rome.

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August 3, 2022

Out tour was very informative and we had an excellent tour guide. I was worried about what to wear but I would just dress respectfully and had you have something on which isn’t appropriate they hand out little blankets for you to pop on. I can’t remember the name if our guide but her English was amazing and she was so knowledgeable. Really enjoyed the tour and could recommend to anyone visiting Rome. The walk up to the top of the Dome was hard as it was almost 40 degrees when we did it. But the view from the top is so worth it. You can see for miles and get a view of the entire Vatican City.

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July 30, 2022

This Dome Climb tour is really worth it and worth every penny and step of the stairs! Our tour guide was very nice, gave us a lot of interesting information and confidently guided us through the heavily frequented cathedral. The view from the dome of St. Peter's Basilica is truly indescribable!

July 22, 2022

Product ID: 400325