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  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour with Dome Climb

Product ID: 205117
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Experience the majestic St. Peter's Basilica and climb the Dome with an expert guide.
About this activity
Duration 1.5 hours
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 summit of Michelangelo's Dome
  • Join a comprehensive tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Visit the rarely accessed Papal Crypts and Vatacombs
  • Learn from your professional art historian guide
Full description
By Roman law, no building in Rome can be higher than the top of the Dome at St Peter's Basilica. Join a guided tour of the incredible art and architecture in Rome and see the city from the summit of Michelangelo's magnificent Dome, stretching to the blue Tyrrhenian Sea and green Castelli Romani hills. You will also see views of the entire Vatican City and gardens. 

Meet your guide, who is an art historian, in St. Peter's Square and stroll across the piazza into the Vatican City. You climb begins, there are 551 steep steps in total, which is a bit more than most wish to tackle on foot. Take the elevator part of the way up and just 171 steps remain. Climb at a leisurely pace and enjoy the journey with frequent stops.

At the summit, you will witness the breathtaking 360° views of the Vatican City as it extends out into Rome and its seven hills. At this point, take as many photographs as you can because you are very high up and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Easy does it on the way down to terra firma. Take a brief break before entering St. Peter's Basilica, which is an absolute triumph of art and architecture that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. This is where Bernini's sculptures and Michelangelo's art rise above holy papal tombs and the perceived necropolis of St. Peter himself. 
Includes
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lift part of the way to the summit
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at 7:45 AM for a prompt 8:00 AM departure by the Tiare fountain (Fontana delle Tiare), just beneath Largo del Colonnato and in front of the pillars which run around Saint Peter's Square. Your guide will be holding a sign with the local supplier's name on. If you are facing St. Peter's Basilica, follow the pillars to the right until you come to the fountain.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible
• There is a strict dress code at the Vatican where both men and women must cover their shoulders and knees
Customer reviews
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based on 33 reviews
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4.7/5
Organization
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Value for money
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Safety
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Product ID: 205117