Guided tour

St. Peter’s Basilica with Dome Climb and Crypt

St. Peter’s Basilica with Dome Climb and Crypt

From $49.23 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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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

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.
Includes
  • 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 15 people
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • All participants who are over 12 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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Meeting point

In front of Caffè Leonina, in Piazza Citta' Leonina, just outside St. Peter's Square.

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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
  • Guests with wheelchairs or strollers cannot be accommodated
  • 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
  •  Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the basilica. Large bags and objects must be left at the bag check at the entrance
  •  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 781 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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Skipping the line and starting as early as possible for the St. Peter’s Basilica and Dome Climb is defiantly with it! We were so pleased with out experience. Entering the Vatican was a breeze with a tour guide. Barbara was SO knowledgeable about the church history and how it ties into Roman History in general. She knew lots of interesting stories and facts and we really appreciated how she presented it as either fact, or as a possible legend. She was an absolute pleasure to tour with. There are no words for how you will fee seeing the inside of the Basilica. It should DEFINITELY be a stop when you are in Rome.

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August 22, 2021

Being in this temple is by itself an amazing experience. The information that we took from our guide was concrete but in my opinion could be richer. At that day the crypt was not accessible, yet we did not spend more time with our guide in the basilica (as it was mentioned in the description of the tour). That said it was an overall satisfying experience.

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July 30, 2021

The guide is excellent! Everything is very clear and his knowledge of the history here is profound. I was very lucky to have such an experienced (over 40 years in Vatican!) guide. This is my second time to the Basilica but only now do i feel like I've truly been there :)

July 30, 2021

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