Guided tour

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

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

From US$ 51.22 per person

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

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 1 hour - 75 minutes
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English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese
Private group 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
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's Pietà
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
  • A guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica and Dome
  • A professional art historian guide
  • Entry fees to climb to the top of the dome
  • Sterilized headsets to hear clearly your guide
    Not suitable for
    • People with back problems
    • People with claustrophobia
    • People with vertigo
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You must fill out a travel information form
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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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, Touriks, logo on it. Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. 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
    • 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 5-45 minutes
    • - You will be required to pass through metal detectors at the entrance of the square
    • - The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are not part of this tour
    • Headsets are provided, but for environmental reasons, it is preferable that you bring your own earphones and do not print your voucher
    • - Bring your own refillable water bottle as you can find drinkable water fountains everywhere in Rome
    • - The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter's square and the security checks
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 369 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.5/5

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    Very good tour from climbing the steps to top of St.Peters to looking around the church. The tour guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and patient allowing people to take photos. Even when a women skip our group and was very rude to our tour guide she dealt with the situation very professionally. I would definitely go again and recommend it to anyone.

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    October 18, 2021

    The tour guide we had was excellent. She told us about the history of everything we viewed and was so caring to make sure all of us always stayed together which isn’t easy in such a crowded venue. She made sure we had time to use restroom, take pics, and was warm and welcome to svehknd .

    October 12, 2021

    Obviously the majesty of the Vatican does not need reviews but today I would like to focus on the guided tour. Crazy experience in various respects: the most important I think is the competence of the guide who delighted us with history, information, art, notions in a truly engaging way! We were afraid of getting bored, but instead he catapulted us into the story with him. I don't remember the name but I wish you to find him or someone inspired and prepared like him. We will definitely rely on Get.your guide again!

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    October 6, 2021

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