Guided tour

Rome: Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb

Activity provider: Touriks
Guided tour

Rome: Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb

Activity provider: Touriks
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Discover St. Peter's Basilica on a guided tour with a professional art historian. Climb to the top of St. Peter's Dome and admire the remarkable views of Rome.

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Duration 1.5 - 2 hours
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Private or small groups available


  • Explore St. Peter's Basilica with an art historian guide
  • Climb the stairs to the top of St. Peter's Dome
  • Admire the mosaics of the Dome up close
  • Enjoy stunning views of St. Peter's Square and Rome from a height of 136 meters
  • View the Basilica's array of impressive marble, ceilings, and mosaics
Full description

Join a private or shared guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica and experience this iconic attraction. Start your tour by climbing the stairs to the top of the dome. Contemplate the interior mosaics of the dome up close while your guide shares stories about the history of this Renaissance-style church. Continue your climb to the very top of the dome and reach the viewing deck. Marvel at the striking views of St. Peter's Square and the Vatican Gardens from above. Admire Rome from a height of 136 meters, and spot the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Castel Sant'Angelo, and other historic sites. From here, descend directly into the Basilica, skipping the long lines outside. Marvel at the magnificent interior and learn why the church took 150 years to rebuild. Discover the colorful marbles, golden ceilings, and the impressive Michelangelo's Pietà.

  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica and Dome
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Entry fees to the dome by elevator
  • Sterilized headsets
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-line service
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with claustrophobia
  • People with vertigo

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Meeting point

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Headphones
  • Reusable water bottle

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • The Dome's terrace might not be accessible during bad weather. In such cases, you can ask for a partial refund and visit the other areas, or cancel for a full refund
  • St. Peter Basilica can be subject to partial unforeseen closures due to Vatican Administration
  • Modest clothing is required to enter the Basilica (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Please be aware that the lines to clear security checks at the entrance are not skippable and may take 5 to 45 minutes
  • For environmental reasons, it is preferable that you bring your own headphones and do not print your voucher. The activity provider will provide headphones if you forget yours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 2607 reviews

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Excellent Guide, I’ve forgotten his name, but he made the tour fabulous. So much to see here and it was so nice to have everything explained. He was a wealth of knowledge and very informative. Loved the dome climb, not as bad as I expected from the lift. Really get your, I’d highly recommend. Not skip the line tickets but the queue wasn’t huge in March and having a guide to chat to made it go very quickly 10/10!!!!

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March 16, 2023

If I remember correctly, the tour guide was called Chiara. The tour was perfectly organized and thanks to her relaxed manner she was able to convey the knowledge well and it was fun to listen to her. Questions could be asked and answered promptly. She went out of her way to make the tour an experience.

March 8, 2023

This tour was excellent! Our tour guide was very informative and professional. She gave us an individual headphone where she could communicate all the information to us. The entrance to the Basilica is free but we found it better with a tour due to all the information we were shared. We are also a smaller group as compared to other group tours. The entrance going up the dome can either be through the stairs which costs 8 euros (500 steps) or lift (10 euro) which leaves us with 300 steps instead. Our tour included the use of the lift (Thank goodness!) But the view on top of the dome was worth it! Overall it was an excellent tour and really recommended.

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March 6, 2023

Product ID: 400325