Guided tour

St. Peter’s Basilica with Dome Climb and Crypt

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

St. Peter’s Basilica with Dome Climb and Crypt

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

From US$ 42.86 per person

Access all areas of St. Peter's Basilica and immerse yourself in the history and architecture of one of the most important religious monuments in the world. Climb up 231 steps to the top of the dome for panoramic views of Rome.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Experience the sacred atmosphere of St. Peter's Square before the crowds arrive
  • Climb to the top of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica for stunning views of Rome
  • Explore St. Peter's Basilica in great detail
Full description
Start early and experience the sacred atmosphere of St Peter’s Square before the crowds arrive. Then, head to the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica to take the special elevator to the first terrace of the dome to get a close look at the mosaics. Then, climb to the top of the dome for panoramic views of Rome. Next, take a guided tour of the basilica and marvel at art and architecture such as Bernini’s baldachin and Michelangelo’s "Pietá." Explore every tiny detail of the historic building and get insights from your guide. At the end, you can visit the papal crypt at your own pace.  Please note that this tour only operates in English.
  • Pre-reserved tickets to climb the dome at St. Peter’s Basilica, with elevator access to the 1st terrace
  • Small group tour of no more than 20 people
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet in front of Caffè Leonina, in Piazza Citta' Leonina, just outside St. Peter's Square. Your guide will be holding a sign that says "Walks."

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, St. Peter's Basilica may be subject to visitation restrictions, including limited access to the Dome climb and Papal tombs. Your tour will be amended on the day. The opening time of the Vatican Museums may vary
  • St. Peter's Basilica is subject to unforeseen closures due to Vatican affairs. In the event this happens, the tour operator will contact you as soon as possible to reschedule. In the rare event the crypt is closed, you will spend extra time in the basilica and St. Peter's Square
  •  Skip-the-line access is not possible at the dome or security line
  • Please note that there is no elevator to the top of the dome
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 967 reviews

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Was definitely worth getting the lift option. We had a lovely guide who was informative and also allowed enough time for photos and self-discovery. The dome climb was worth it. It can get a little narrow but opened up after a short time and the view from the top spectacular. As we were there early, the square was still quite empty. The way down was great and that is when you get a true sense of the stairway around the dome. Then into the Basilica itself, just glorious. Down to the crypt - no photos or talking - not that some of the guides on other groups paid any attention to that!) - very interesting. Then left to our own devices to wander and explore further until we decided to leave. Still struggling a little with the wealth of the church on show right next to poverty in the street!

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November 14, 2022

Loved the tour. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about everything he showed us and every other thing that we asked about. We never would’ve known so much about the basilica through an audio or no tour at all. The views from the dome were stunning and the basilica itself even more so. We are so glad we did this tour and you will be too!

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October 22, 2022

This is a great tour! Not only is the Basilica breathtaking but the view from the dome climb is as well. Emma was our guide and we felt very happy to have her. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she is very knowledgeable and interesting in her presentation. She shared so much interesting information without sounding like she was reading from a script. We highly recommend this tour.

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October 13, 2022

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