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St. Peter's Dome Climb, Basilica & Catacombs

St. Peter's Dome Climb, Basilica & Catacombs

From US$ 57.05 per person

Experience the majestic St. Peter's Basilica and climb the Dome with an expert guide.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Climb to the summit of Michelangelo's Dome
  • Join a comprehensive tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Visit the rarely accessed Papal Crypts and Catacombs
  • 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. 
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lift part of the way to the summit
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
    • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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    • Face mask or protective covering

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Sleeveless shirts

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    • 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
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    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 123 reviews

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    Very nice and informative tour. Chiara is an amazing guide, she explains everything very well and with a great sense of humor. It was only a pity that we didn't booked the full tour with the Vatican museums and Sistine chapel included. I strongly recommend this tour to everyone visiting Vatican City.

    September 12, 2021

    Bazilikanın içi gerçekten görülmeye değer. Müthiş bir sanat eseri diyebilirim. İnsanı büyülüyor gerçekten. Eğer Dome’a tırmanacaksanız, covid döneminde kesinlikle tavsiye etmem çünkü daracık yerlerden ve merdivenlerden kalabalık bir şekilde tırmanıyorsunuz ve maalesef nefes almak için maskelerini çıkaran insanlar vardı. Herhangi bir kontrol de yoktu. Dome manzarası müthiş ama bu salgın zamanı risk alınmaması gerektiğini düşünüyorum.

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    August 18, 2021

    This was a great tour. I was unsure if the dome climb would be worth it. It is. Not only do you see the top of the inside of St Peter’s, it was fantastic to emerge on top of Rome. Our tour guide Chiara was unbelievably great. I hope you are as lucky as us, and receive her as your guide. Please note you can do the entire thing yourself without a tour for for 10 euro. It’s free to enter. The 10 gets you to the top of the dome.

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    July 16, 2021

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