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  • St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

    1. St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

    Meet your art historian guide in St. Peter's Square and stroll across the piazza into Vatican City. In the Basilica, take the elevator part of the way up and then climb the remaining 171 steps. You can climb at a leisurely pace and enjoy the journey up with frequent stops. At the summit, witness the breathtaking 360-degree views of the Vatican City as it extends out into Rome and its seven hills. Take as many photographs as you can because you are very high and will be able to see for a long distance. After heading back down to ground level, take a brief break before entering St. Peter's Basilica. This famous monument is a triumph of art and architecture, unmatched anywhere else in the world. This is where Bernini's sculptures and Michelangelo's art rise above holy papal tombs and the necropolis of St. Peter himself. 

  • Vatican City: Basilica, Dome Climb & Optional Crypts Tour

    2. Vatican City: Basilica, Dome Climb & Optional Crypts Tour

    Experience St. Peter's Basilica from the top of the dome and admire views of the Vatican and Rome. See the dome's interior on your own or select a guided tour of the basilica and crypts.

    Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square, then head up to the first level of the dome to the viewing balcony. Admire the array of incredible mosaics depicting the saints, the magnificent Latin scripts which circle the dome, and the top of Bernini’s 3-story canopy below.

    Listen to your guide share facts and stories about the history of the dome, and everything you need to know about the Dome’s artists and Renaissance splendor. From the first level, take the spiral staircase to the top of the dome and enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Then head above the double structure of the dome and pass by windows that give a tantalizing glimpse of the Vatican rooftops bel...

    If you only selected the dome climb, be aware that the tour isn’t only 45 minutes as listed on the site. It turned out to be about 1.5 hours and your ending point is on the outside platform to start the dome climb.

  • St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb and Papal Tombs

    3. St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb and Papal Tombs

    Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square, then head up to the first level of the dome to the viewing balcony. Admire the array of incredible mosaics, the magnificent Latin scripts, and the top of Bernini’s 3-story canopy below. Listen to your guide share facts and stories about the history of the dome, and learn all about the Dome’s artists and Renaissance splendor. From the first level, take the spiral staircase to the top of the dome and enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Then pass by windows that give a tantalizing glimpse of the Vatican rooftops below. After 320 steps find yourself on the viewing platform 448 feet above the basilica floor. From the highest point within the Vatican, admire breathtaking and panoramic views over the city, including the Vatican Gardens below. Looking into the distance, you can also marvel at the monuments of ancient Rome, including the Colo...

  • Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Tomb, and Dome

    4. Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Tomb, and Dome

    Discover the beauty of St. Peter's Basilica on this guided tour. Start with an ascent to the top of St. Peter's Dome to admire the breathtaking views of Rome and then work your way down to the underground grottoes. Following a quick security check, climb to the top of the Dome, which is the tallest point in Rome - despite being 500 years old! From atop St. Peter's Dome, lauded as the pinnacle of Renaissance architecture, enjoy panoramic views of the city below. Following St. Peter's Dome, prepare to be dazzled by the intricate levels of detail and gold displayed all over the interior of the Basilica. We will cover its construction, interior and importance in Christianity. Making sure not to miss the important pieces inside by the likes of Michelangelo, Bernini and Raphael. Finish the tour with a trip to the grottoes underneath the church and visit St. Peter's tomb. At the end of the g...

  • Vatican City: VIP Vatican Experience

    5. Vatican City: VIP Vatican Experience

    Enrich your Vatican experience by joining this personal, semi-private tour where you can delve into the fabulous art and history that surrounds the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. You will begin at the Vatican Museum, a labyrinthine complex featuring over 1000 rooms that cover four millennia. Those visiting unguided often find themselves dazzled by the work on display here – which can make it somewhat difficult to navigate. But this curated route through the museum packs in all the best bits. The next stop is the world-famous Sistine Chapel, best-known for its sprawling ceiling art painted by Michelangelo. The rules dictate silence upon entry to the chapel, which isn’t usually a problem – its sheer beauty leaves most speechless.

    What an amazing tour! This was my second time at the Vatican Museum and it was breathtaking. Maria, our guide was informative, fun and engaging. The small group allowed her to give us a lot of attention and interact with each other. Three hours felt like such a short time and at the end of the tour I wandered by myself in awe of this magical place. If you want to savour the experience, this is the right way to do it.

  • Rome: Vatican Morning Tour with Breakfast

    6. Rome: Vatican Morning Tour with Breakfast

    Be amongst the firsts and spend the morning touring the Vatican Museums. Choose from either a shared or private guided experience to stroll through quiet galleries, see the museums' highlights, and experience the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive. Your morning experience in the Vatican begins with an American-style breakfast in one of the most beautiful parts of the Vatican, the famous Pinecone Courtyard. Once you finish up your coffee, your tour guide will take you through the peaceful museum galleries to show you the highlights from the vast collections Popes have acquired throughout centuries. Your tour continues towards the Sistine Chapel, home to the breathtaking frescoes painted 500 years ago by Michaelangelo. The last stop of the tour will be inside St.Peter's Basilica accessible directly from the Sistine Chapel. During the course of the pandemic, the tour will end in the ...

  • Rome: 2-in-1 Vatican Dome Climb and Food Tour

    7. Rome: 2-in-1 Vatican Dome Climb and Food Tour

    See Rome from the highest heights of Michelangelo's magnificent dome on this wonderful guided tour of art, architecture, and adventure. Begin by enjoying views of the Vatican City, including the private Papal gardens, Papal helipad, and the Pope's private railway station. Views of the vast city of Rome are next, which stretch in a tendril-like fashion to the blue Tyrrhenian Sea and green Castelli Romani Hills. Very few tourists get the chance to climb so high to see so far, and your dome climb and basilica tour both end in the late morning. Later, use your afternoon to visit the Vatican Museums, or just relax in the historic center nearby. You then begin a food-tasting tour with a foodie guide from Rome who has chosen her favorite snack spots to take you to. The foods you eat are as distinctive by region as they are plentiful, and include suppli, panzerotto (calzone),...

  • Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Private Tour

    8. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Private Tour

    Wander through one of the World’s largest art collections on a pleasant 3-hour journey, while discovering all the secrets about the favored artists of Renaissance and Baroque Popes. See the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Raphael, Perugino, Botticelli, and Pinturicchio are just some of the finest Italian painters you’ll meet between the halls of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll finally admire the breathtaking Giudizio Universale by Michelangelo. Enter the magnificent Basilica of Saint Peter, where your guide will share the secrets behind the Burial of Saint Peter, Bernini’s Baldachin, and Michelangelo’s Pietà. Leaving the Church, gripped by all this beauty, be welcomed in Saint Peter’s Square by stunning statues of the Apostles, Saints, and Martires dominating the façade of the basilica and Bernini’s Colonnato.

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What people are saying about St. Peter's Basilica Cupola

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Highly recommend - Barbera is the best! Wow! This was even better than I could have hoped for, thanks to our unforgettable guide Barbera. Barbera was a FANTASTIC, ENGAGING, and SUPER FUN guide... truly, I don't think it gets better (and I am a former tour guide myself.) She led the tour with the perfect balance of teaching us important facts but also making it a memorable experience, filled with laughter. I like the fact that she is a native Roman and so it really felt like he was teaching us about her own history. We felt very looked after by her and she was so great at truly connecting with everyone in our group, and answering all our questions. We were smiling the entire time. So grateful for the experience and I thought it was worth every penny. Bravo!

What an amazing tour! This was my second time at the Vatican Museum and it was breathtaking. Maria, our guide was informative, fun and engaging. The small group allowed her to give us a lot of attention and interact with each other. Three hours felt like such a short time and at the end of the tour I wandered by myself in awe of this magical place. If you want to savour the experience, this is the right way to do it.

This tour was incredible! So happy I chose to do the VIP Vatican Experience! Such a small group with our fantastic guide Barbara, she was amazing! So much attention to detail with a personal touch. I enjoyed it so much and will be recommending it to my friend who is coming next month! Thank you again Barbara for an amazing day

Selenia was an amazing guide and walked us through all the important points! She managed not to bore us with unnecessary numbers and made the tour really interesting!

Well organized tour full of interesting facts about this amazing building. Our guide Chiara was excellent.