St Peter's Basilica Dome

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Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

1. Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

Explore iconic sights in Rome on this guided walking tour. Stroll thorugh St. Peter's square and take in the views of the city from the top of St. Peter's Basilica. Admire artwork like Michelangelo's emotive 'Pietà' statue and go below the Basilica to uncover St. Peter's final resting place. Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square then start the tour by climbing your way to the top of the Basilica’s dome. Enjoy an exclusive look at the Dome’s impressive mosaics then head further up to the top balcony. From here, marvel at panoramic views across the city, spot the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and other iconic landmarks. Descend into the Basilica and admire its impressive interior and discover why it took 150 years to build. Gaze at the colorful marble, golden ceilings, and intricate mosaics that surround you. Learn about the renowned works of Renaissance and Neoclassic artists that are housed here.  Next, head underground to the Basilica’s historic grottoes and visit St. Peter’s Tomb. Touch the ancient walls of the original 4th-century Basilica and admire its beautiful frescoes. Finish the tour in St. Peter’s Square and soak up its majestic architecture. 

Rome: St Peter’s Basilica With Dome Climb Early Morning Tour

2. Rome: St Peter’s Basilica With Dome Climb Early Morning Tour

Experience an extraordinary tour with a local guide who will show you around St. Peter’s Square, and Vatican City. In the Basilica, See the first viewing point through the Dome's elevator. Then climb up to the remaining steps towards the summit of the Basilica’s Dome. Be among the few to witness a breathtaking view of Vatican City and its iconic seven hills. Make sure to take photographs as evidence from a once-in-a-lifetime experience from the top of the famous Vatican summit. Go back inside the sacred Basilica with instant access. Enjoy your time and stroll at your own pace. Don't miss the historical insights that the archeological site has to offer.

Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

3. Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

Have the Vatican to yourself on this exclusive early morning tour that whisks you through closed doors for a buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard, before anyone else enters the museums. While the general public waits in line outside, feast on an Italian-American breakfast buffet of cooked-to-order eggs, meats, cheeses, muffins, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, and even pancakes, flipped by the Vatican's pancake chef. Dining in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums' most beautiful works of modern art, experience a level of tranquility rarely seen by Vatican visitors. Then follow your guide to explore the Vatican Museums. Still closed to the general public, the Museums are quieter now than throughout the rest of the day. With only 10 people per group, have time and space to really appreciate the art. See rooms such as the Hall of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Candelabra and incredible Raphael Rooms. Your guide will bring works of art to life, pointing out things you would have missed on your own. Continue to the legendary Sistine Chapel. Then, skip the ticket lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. See the altar and marvel at Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture.

Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

4. Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square - a quick ascension by elevator later will carry you up to the top of the dome from where you can see all of Rome and far beyond Rome too. The views are absolutely spectacular. Back on terra firma you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this in itself is rare as most other Rome tour operators do not include it in their Vatican tours. Take a break before making the short walk to the comfortable customer center ahead of your second tour to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Genuine skip-the-line access means that you will be fast tracked to the artistic and archaeological masterpieces which make the Vatican Museums absolutely must-sees when in Rome.

Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Square and Grottoes Guided Tour

5. Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Square and Grottoes Guided Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Rome to discover the history and the secrets of St. Peter's Basilica, the largest Basilica in the world. Admire the stunning architecture, famous artworks, and visit the Papal Grottoes. After meeting your guide, explore the wonders that fill the Basilica. Follow your guide as you discover the past of St. Peter’s Basilica and marvel at its grand interior, covered in gold and breathtaking colors. See the artworks that were created by Michelangelo, Bernini, and Bramante, a focal point for religion and a representative of the beauty of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. After visiting the Basilica, head to the Papal Grottoes, where the previous pontiffs were buried. Get indications to visit the St. Peter’s Dome on request at the end of the tour. Before entering the Basilica there is a mandatory security check, therefore this might cause the creation of a queue that cannot be skipped.

Vatican: Papal Audience and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

6. Vatican: Papal Audience and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

See the Pope himself on a special early-access visit to the Papal Audience ceremony and guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica. Receive your invitation for the Papal Audience from the staff at Piazza del Sant'Uffizio, just in front of St Peter's Square. Then watch the Pope make his way to the stage and join the weekly gathering which includes prayers, blessings, and a homily. After the audience, enjoy a guided tour of the iconic Basilica of St. Peter. As you tour the Renaissance-style church, with its famous dome and unrivaled architecture, see masterpieces like Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's Baldacchino. To get a complete experience, select the option with the Vatican Gardens and enjoy insightful commentary on an open bus.

Rome: Best of Rome Pass with Public Transport

7. Rome: Best of Rome Pass with Public Transport

Discover the Eternal City at your own pace with an all-access pass to the main monuments of Rome. Redeem your voucher at the office at your selected booking time and the staff will help you reserve all of your attractions. Visit St Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Stroll through the striking aisles of the largest church in the world, admire Michelangelo's "Pieta", and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit. Take the stress out of your visit with accompanied entrance to each attraction. Encounter masterpieces of art in the corridors, courtyards, and galleries of the Vatican Museums. See Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and pay your respects to former popes at the site of their tombs. Journey back to the days of the Roman Empire with a ticket to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Follow in the footsteps of Roman citizens at the Via Sacra and discover where the city was founded on Palatine Hill. Use your unlimited public transport card to explore the city. Enrich your base option with the Vatican Gardens by minibus and discover the architectural wonders of the Vatican Gardens with a multi-lingual audioguide.

Vatican City: Basilica, Dome, & Papal Tombs Early Bird Tour

8. Vatican City: Basilica, Dome, & Papal Tombs Early Bird Tour

Be mesmerized by the ancient history of the Vatican City with our local guide, including the marvelous St. Peter’s Square, the heart of the Vatican city, filled with statuesque columns and majestic pilasters. Our guide will walk you through the 1st balcony, decorated with amazing frescoes and works of art at a close distance up until you reach the summit of the Dome after 320 steps, where a panoramic view awaits you over the city centre. Have some free time to enjoy and take photographs at your own pace, observing from a wide-range view of the Dome’s summit, overlooking to some of the ancient monuments including the Roman Colosseum and Pantheon. There’s no need to line up again as the guide escorts you back to the Basilica with an instant access. Be captivated by the interiors filled with masterpieces of the illustrious Bernini and Michelangelo and the remains from the Renaissance and Baroque period. As the tour ends, follow your guide towards the Vatican’s historic Grottoes to get a closer look of the rooms, chapels and the papal tombs, where many Popes, royalties and other dignitaries are laid to rest.

Rome: Vatican Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and Museums

9. Rome: Vatican Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and Museums

Visit Vatican City - the smallest state in the world, on a tour in Rome. Explore the Vatican and discover its museums, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel all in one with a local guide, without having to wait in line. Skip the lines at the Vatican Museums, where your guide will lead you through the main galleries and point out its unmissable highlights. Meet your guide and set off to admire the magnificent St. Peter's Square outdoor and its impressive colonnade by Bernini. Marvel at the centuries-old frescoes preserved in the Sistine Chapel and learn all about Michelangelo and the making of his masterpiece: The Last Judgement.

Rome: Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica Combo Tour

10. Rome: Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica Combo Tour

Let yourself be enchanted by the beauties of the rooms of the Vatican museums and enjoy St. Peter's in the early hours of the morning. At the end of your small group guided tour tour, the beauty of the Sistine Chapel will leave you speechless. Your guide will explain anecdotes and historical facts that you will never forget, with his passion for the history of art. Thanks to the help of your knowledgeable guide and the skip-the-line tickets, you will be able to maximize your tour time and benefit from skip the line entrance at the Vatican Museums. This small group tour will be the best way to enjoy art and have fun while hearing excellent explanation from your guide. The tour will end inside the Sistine Chapel, where your eyes will meet the beauties of the impressive Michelangelo's frescos.

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What people are saying about St Peter's Basilica Dome

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 913 reviews

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.

This tour was wonderful. We had not fathomed the spiritual and beautiful significance of this Basilica and all it contained. Our guide was so knowledgeable, she did such a great job. We also located her easily thanks to the meeting location.

Amazing guide, great presentation of knowledge about the Vatican, and everything was on time.

Recommend for sure, great tour, covered everything that’s promised in the description.

Pia was great! I love her sense of humor. Amazing trip