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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Tiber River

St. Peter’s Basilica with Dome Climb and Crypt

Product ID: 78613
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Access all areas of St. Peter's Basilica and immerse yourself in the history and architecture of one of the most important religious monuments in the world. Climb up 231 steps to the top of the dome for panoramic views of Rome.
About this activity
Duration 2.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund

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  • Experience the sacred atmosphere of St. Peter's Square before the crowds arrive
  • Climb to the top of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica for stunning views of Rome
  • Explore St. Peter's Basilica in great detail
Full description
Start early and experience the sacred atmosphere of St Peter’s Square before the crowds arrive. Then, head to the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica to take the special elevator to the first terrace of the dome to get a close look at the mosaics.

Then, climb to the top of the dome for panoramic views of Rome. Next, take a guided tour of the basilica and marvel at art and architecture such as Bernini’s baldachin and Michelangelo’s "Pietá." Explore every tiny detail of the historic building and get insights from your guide.

At the end, you can visit the papal crypt at your own pace. 

Please note that this tour only operates in English.
  • Pre-reserved tickets to climb the dome at St. Peter’s Basilica, with elevator access to the 1st terrace
  • Small group tour of no more than 15 people
  • Local English speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Tips

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Meeting point

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

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Important information
Know before you go
• Guests with mobility impairments such as wheelchairs or strollers cannot be accommodated
• St. Peter's Basilica is a holy place, shoulders and knees must be covered. You will be denied entry if exposed
• St. Peter's Basilica is subject to unforeseen closures due to Vatican affairs. In the event this happens, the tour operator will contact you as soon as possible to reschedule. In the rare event the crypt is closed, you will spend extra time in the basilica and St. Peter's Square
• Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the basilica. Large bags and objects must be left at the bag check at the entrance
• Skip-the-line access is not possible at the dome or security line
• It is forbidden to speak inside the crypt. Your guide will tell you about the tombs before you enter
• Please note that there is no elevator to the top of the dome
• Please meet 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds for late arrivals or no-shows after tour starts
• Valid ID is required for all guests
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Product ID: 78613