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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. St. Peter's Basilica Cupola

Vatican City: Basilica Climb and Optional Crypts Tour

Product ID: 278782
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Discover St. Peter’s Basilica from a new perspective as you climb to the top of the dome and admire 360 degree views across the Vatican and Rome. Then explore the dome’s stunning interior on your own or opt for a guided tour of the basilica and crypts.
About this activity
Duration 45 - 145 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Climb to the highest point in the Vatican City and enjoy spectacular views
  • Experience the splendor of the dome from the first level balcony and hear about the Renaissance era from an expert English-speaking guide
  • Enjoy fast access inside the basilica when you descend, so there’s no need to join the growing lines below
  • Upgrade to a guided tour of the basilica and Vatican Crypts to make the most of your visit
Full description
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 which 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 of the city, including the Vatican Gardens below. Looking into the distance, you can also marvel at the monuments of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum and the Pantheon. The only point above you is the cross containing the timbers from the True Cross.

When you leave the dome there is no need to line up again to get inside the basilica, the stairs bring you directly down to the basilica floor so you can avoid the long lines which you’ll have seen growing across St. Peter’s Square from the top. Enjoy some free time to explore the most important church in the Christian world and its many treasures, or if you opted for the extended tour, follow your guide to the Vatican Crypts that lie beneath. With your guide, navigate through the basilica, admiring the array of statues, chapels, and pilgrim sites located here, before descending to the underground crypts. Here, you can see where hundreds of popes and members of royalty have been buried since the 11th century.
Includes
  • Entrance into St. Peter’s Dome
  • Optional entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Informative leaflet about the Basilica and Dome
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Headsets where appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or less
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off
  • Food/beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Piazza della Città Leonina, near the arches, where the square meets via di Porta Angelica. Facing the arches, our meeting point is located at the corner of the square, on the left-hand side, next to the kiosk.

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Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.2 / 5
based on 49 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.1/5
Organization
4.1/5
Value for money
3.7/5
Safety
4.2/5

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City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 278782