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$ 51.65 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
Chinese, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Russian, 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

4.7 /5

based on 2333 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5

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Absolutely magnificent basilica Exciting guided tour and great guide in French, very good explanation. The ascent of the dome and the view it offers us is incredible, however once you start you can't turn around and the climb is tough (320 steps) but well worth it, the view is incredible

November 17, 2022

A regular tour, nothing extremely good or bad. The one thing I have to say is that our group got a guide that had a very heavy accent, whose English wasn't the best (to the point where a few times people asked them questions and you could see from the answer that they didn't understand what was asked), and voice cracked so all together made it a bit difficult to stay focused and understand.

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November 7, 2022

We took the tour on a Saturday in early November. We didn't have to wait long at the security check (20 minutes). Meanwhile, the guide has already told all sorts of interesting facts about the square and the cathedral. Once in the cathedral, there was information about the most important artefacts and trivia about the building. Near the altar you go down into the crypt where we didn't stay long. From there it was back outside and in line for the dome climb. Here we waited another 20 minutes. The guide took us to the elevator, we climbed it alone. The elevator takes you halfway up and you can see the altar from the inside of the dome. Then you have to take the last steps all the way up yourself. Stairs are very narrow. But also unsportsmanlike visitors come up. At the top you have a 360 degree view. When you come back down, you end up back in the cathedral and can look around yourself if you like.

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November 6, 2022

Product ID: 400325