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Top to Bottom Saint Peter's Basilica Tour

Top to Bottom Saint Peter's Basilica Tour

From US$ 91.93 per person

Explore Saint Peter's Basilica from top to bottom! Wander at the majestic interior of the Basilica, climb all the way to the top of its magnificent Dome designed by Michelangelo, and descend deep down into the Papal Tombs.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Climb the Dome of Saint Peter's Basilica, designed by Michelangelo
  • Descend into the Papal Tombs underneath the Basilica
  • Explore every nook and cranny of the interior of the Vatican's most important Temple.
  • Enjoy the tour in a small group of only 6 people!
  • Learn from a professional local guide
Full description
Saint Peter's Basilica is as important as it is big and every nook and cranny if it is worthy of being explored. On this tour, accompanied by a professional guide you will be able to do just that. Skip the crowded ticket lines and witness the awe-striking majesty of its interior, wander at the beauty of Michelangelo's Pieta', and remain speechless at the site of the largest church in the world. Climb up the hundreds of steps that lead up to the very top of the Basilica's Dome, designed by Michelangelo, and enjoy the most beautiful view of the Eternal City from 140 meters up in the air. And then, descend far deep into and under the belly of the Church, and explore the vast underground of the Papal Tombs. There won't be a nook and cranny of this world famous monument that you will not have seen
  • Tour of Saint Peter's Basilica
  • Professional local expert guide
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

In front of "Mondo Cattolico" Souvenir Store in Piazza Pio XII, 12. This is the square/intersection in front of the Colonnade of Saint Peter's Square. When looking at the Basilica, the store is on the left hand side, the same side as the newspaper kiosk. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Knees and shoulders must be covered in order to enter Saint Peter's Basilica.
  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
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4.8 /5

based on 9 reviews

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A nice experience. Richard, the guide, knows a lot about everything he explains. I think there should be a more visible badge at the meeting point. There should be a warm-up preparation before climbing to the dome and stretching at the end, as it is a strong exercise and should not be done cold, so as not to cause damage. For the rest, super worth doing.

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August 31, 2019

Entertaining and family-friendly tour

The tour started at 8.15 a.m. Thomas is an experienced guide with a great knowledge of the Vatican and Rome. Despite the early start, we had to wait in line. There was no "skip the line" access. We both went up the stairs to the dome and we all enjoyed it. The tour of St. Peter's Basilica was very informative due to Thomas's comments. The Vatican Grottoes can also be visited without a guide. An early start is worth it!

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May 4, 2019

An amazing tour made all the better for our excellent guide, Rich. He is a trove of knowledge!

August 23, 2019

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