Guided tour

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

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

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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 join a guided tour of the basilica and Papal Tombs.

About this activity

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Duration options: 2 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian, Spanish
Small group 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.
  • Climb to the highest point in Vatican City and enjoy spectacular views
  • Experience the splendor of the dome from the first level balcony
  • Hear about the Renaissance era from an expert English-speaking guide
  • Enjoy fast access inside the basilica when you descend
  • Join a guided tour of the basilica and Papal Tombs
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, 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 Colosseum and the Pantheon. When you leave the dome there is no need to line up again to get inside the basilica, as the stairs will bring you directly down to the basilica floor. With your guide, navigate through the basilica, admiring the array of statues, chapels, and pilgrim sites located here, before descending to the Papal Tombs.

Here, you can see where hundreds of popes and members of royalty have been buried since the 11th century.

  • Access to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Access to St Peter's Basilica Dome
  • Live tour guide
  • Headset to hear the guide better
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

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

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    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 1493 reviews

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    This is my first solo trip.. one that I was very apprehensive about.. However, Magdanena, made this tour a truly wonderful experience!! 3 hours flew by!! The walk up the dome, the many facts of the Vatican church and it’s history! And the icing was to be able to see a cardinal elected!! Our guide, magdanena, was full of knowledge and made this such a memorable one!! I recommend this one a 100%!! ❤️

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    July 23, 2022

    We highly recommend visiting the Basilica of St. Peter with a guide for the first time and maybe even the 2nd and 3rd….as it insures easy access and entry without the lines (except for getting through the security). Our guide, “Nick” was informative and helpful and aware of who was in his tour…insuring we all staying together or were together before moving on. We also appreciated his respect for the church during service hours. The tour offered information about Michaelangelo’s “Pieta” and Bernini’s sculptures and baldacchino. Having the ability to go to the base of the dome and look at the mosaics up close was a highlight.

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    July 10, 2022

    Amazing panoramic views of Rome. Best time to go is definitely morning when the temperature isn't quite so high and even then it's by no means easy climbing the steps to the top, but the views are well worth the effort. The inside of the Basilica is incredible and something everybody should see when in Rome.

    July 6, 2022

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    VA ID: 390868