Guided tour

Rome: St. Peter's Basilica and Dome Tour

Activity provider: Carpe Diem Tours

Rome: St. Peter's Basilica and Dome Tour

Activity provider: Carpe Diem Tours

From US$ 48.59 per person

Discover a view made for the heavens from the top of ancient Rome's highest point on this tour of St. Peter's Dome. This incredible tour includes the tombs, Saint Peter's Cathedral, and the Dome.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Enjoy panoramic views from atop St. Peter's Dome
  • Visit the underground grottoes and St. Peter's tomb
  • Admire legendary artworks by Michelangelo, Bernini and Raphael
  • Take in sweeping views of Rome from the top of St. Peter's Dome
  • Please be aware there can be a 15-60 minute delay passing security
Full description

Experience the beauty of St. Peter's Basilica on this guided tour. Start with an ascent to the top of St. Peter's Dome to admire the breathtaking views of Rome and then work your way down to the underground grottoes.

Climb to the top of the dome, which is the tallest point in Rome, despite being 500 years old. From atop St. Peter's Dome, lauded as the pinnacle of Renaissance architecture, enjoy panoramic views of the city below.

Following St. Peter's Dome, prepare to be dazzled by the intricate levels of detail and gold displayed all over the interior of the Basilica. Hear about its construction, interior and importance in Christianity. 

Finish the tour with a trip to the grottoes underneath the church and visit St. Peter's tomb. At the end of the guided tour, you are welcome to continue exploring the Basilica.

  • Entrance to Saint Peter's Basilica and Dome
  • Tour guide
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the large Obelisk in the middle of St Peter's Square. Look for a yellow Carpe Diem Rome flag.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • All visitors must cover their shoulders and knees as per the Vatican city guidelines
  • Security check at St. Peter's basilica can take 15 to 90 minutes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 191 reviews

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OMG. Do this. What an amazing experience! Our guide, Richard, was great. Tons of knowledge! The stair climb to the dome is no joke - 351 stairs up a very narrow and sometimes crooked path. But breathtaking once you get to the top. The tour is about 2 hours, but then you have as much time as you want to go back into the Basilica or down to the tombs. Highly recommend.

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July 13, 2022

This tour is amazing! We made our way up the basilica where you can have one of the best views of Rome. Out guide was also so exceptional as he had a masters in theology and gave incredible detail to the many meanings (often hidden) of the various sculptures and art inside the basilica.

May 31, 2022

You can’t come to Rome and not see St Peters and the Dome but be prepared for crowds. We went in April which is lower season and it’s still very busy, particularly up to the dome (which if your not mobile and somewhat claustrophobic can be an issue BTW). We did the 9am tour and the queuing to get into St Peters was manageable. A guide is definitely the best way to do this if you can afford it, Richie had huge amounts of information on the artefacts, the buildings and the people. Also helped to get the queues moving faster!

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April 29, 2022

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