Guided tour

St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

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Experience the majestic St. Peter's Basilica with an expert guide. See the city from the summit of Michelangelo's magnificent Dome.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Duration options: 45 minutes - 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Chinese, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Russian, English
Optional audio guide
Private or small groups available
Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security, during high season the waiting time may be up to 30 minutes.
  • Join a comprehensive tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Climb to the summit of Michelangelo's Dome
  • Learn about the site from your art historian guide
Full description

Admire the majesty of St. Peter's Basilica in the company of an art historian tour guide. Go up to the summit to take in spectacular panoramic views, and learn about the artistic and architectural significance of the basilica.

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. Return to ground level, and take a break before entering St. Peter's Basilica. Marvel at this triumph of architecture, where Bernini's sculptures and Michelangelo's art rise above holy papal tombs and the necropolis of St. Peter. 

  • St. Peter's Basilica visit
  • St Peter's Basilica Dome visit
  • Live tour guide
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Meet at Piazza del Sant'uffizio. Your guide will be waiting for you there holding a "Crown Tours" flag. Please arrive in advance of the stated time to ensure prompt entry. Late arrivals cannot be guaranteed entry.

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    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 2597 reviews

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    Overall, a nice and simple tour that gives you the basics - a lot of history, but also many connections to the coats of arms of the big houses of Rome, symbolism and much more. The church is a wonder, there is simply no other way of saying that and anyone who visits Rome should enter it.

    November 27, 2022

    This tour was excellent and well worth the money! For starters, our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and it felt as though we were listening to an audio book (or something similar) based on how much information she shared with us! We loved that the line was short and quick to get into the Vatican and more importantly, that the dome was pretty empty for us! The view from the dome and the interior was absolutely breathtaking and was one of our favorite things that we saw in Rome!

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    November 15, 2022

    If you need a ticket for a certain time and they have one, sure, book this. For the 45 minute tour it’s very brief and just listening to some quick history while you wait in lines. A soon as you reach the top you hand back headset. Bring there at 7:30am you’re going to beat the rush anyways, so this tour is pretty unnecessary in that regard

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    October 9, 2022

    Product ID: 390363

    VA ID: 390363