St. Peter's Dome Climb, Basilica & Catacombs

4.7 / 5

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St. Peter's Dome Climb, Basilica & Catacombs

From $57.90 per person

Experience the majestic St. Peter's Basilica and climb the Dome with an expert guide.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Climb to the summit of Michelangelo's Dome
  • Join a comprehensive tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Visit the rarely accessed Papal Crypts and Catacombs
  • Learn from your professional art historian guide
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By Roman law, no building in Rome can be higher than the top of the Dome at St Peter's Basilica. Join a guided tour of the incredible art and architecture in Rome and see the city from the summit of Michelangelo's magnificent Dome, stretching to the blue Tyrrhenian Sea and green Castelli Romani hills. You will also see views of the entire Vatican City and gardens.  Meet your guide, who is an art historian, in St. Peter's Square and stroll across the piazza into the Vatican City. You climb begins, there are 551 steep steps in total, which is a bit more than most wish to tackle on foot. Take the elevator part of the way up and just 171 steps remain. Climb at a leisurely pace and enjoy the journey with frequent stops. At the summit, you will witness the breathtaking 360° views of the Vatican City as it extends out into Rome and its seven hills. At this point, take as many photographs as you can because you are very high up and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Easy does it on the way down to terra firma. Take a brief break before entering St. Peter's Basilica, which is an absolute triumph of art and architecture that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. This is where Bernini's sculptures and Michelangelo's art rise above holy papal tombs and the perceived necropolis of St. Peter himself. 
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lift part of the way to the summit
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are over 6 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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      • Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible
      • There is a strict dress code at the Vatican where both men and women must cover their shoulders and knees
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      4.7 / 5

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      In general terms it is a good route. In fact, the climb to the dome is highly recommended (although that can be done on your own). During the route I lacked time and more explanation inside the basilica. The route ends at the basilica, so you can stay inside when the visit is over.

      July 10, 2021

      Our tour guide (Chiara) was the best in showing us around the Basilica. She had a good explanation and was super helpful. The Basilica in itself is a beauty to visit. I did however disliked the fact we could not visit the papal tombs. I did read the fine print, which stated that the papal tombs can be closed off by the Vatican, where the guide would show us more of the Basilica. Nevertheless I did not like the fact it was closed on short notice, making us unable to visit.

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      September 19, 2020

      A fantastic guide that I would recommend to anyone. He was extremely knowledgeable and at the same time humorous. While we were in the long queue for the security check, the guide about the St. Peter Church lectured / told in such an exciting way that we forgot about the queue. It was simply the guide who made the whole visit lift.

      December 29, 2019

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