Vatican: Basilica, Dome and underground early bird tour
Activities

Vatican: Basilica, Dome and underground early bird tour

4.8/5
Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
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£34.00
Free cancellation
language
Language: English
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Mobile voucher accepted
duration
Duration: 3 hours
Do this because
  • Admire the stunning frescoes, statues and mosaics of the Basilica and its square
  • Set foot on the summit of the famous Michelangelo's Dome
  • Explore the history behind the Vatican Grottoes and Papal Tombs
  • Get a fast entry to the St. Peter's Basilica with our local guide
  • See beyond the art with an experienced art historian as your guide
What to expect

Be mesmerized by the ancient history of the Vatican City with your local guide, including the marvelous St. Peter’s Square, the heart of the Vatican City, filled with statuesque columns and majestic pilasters. Your guide will walk you through the 1st balcony, decorated with amazing frescoes and works of art close to you up until you reach the summit of the Dome after 320 steps, where a unique panoramic view awaits you over the city center.

Then you'll 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 some of the ancient monuments including the Roman Colosseum and Pantheon.

Next there's no need to line up again as your guide will escort you back to the Basilica with instant access. You'll be captivated by the interiors filled with masterpieces of the illustrious Bernini and Michelangelo and the remains from the Renaissance and Baroque period. Explore the Vatican’s historic Grottoes and get a closer look at the rooms, chapels and the papal tombs, where many Popes, royalties and other dignitaries are laid to rest.

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What's included
  • check Fast entry to the St. Peter's Basilica and Square
  • check Admission tickets to the St. Peter's Dome 1st level and summit
  • check Navigate around the Papal Tombs
  • check Expert English speaking guide
  • check Headsets when needed
  • check Small groups of 15 person
What's not included
  • x_not_included Gratuities
  • x_not_included Food and drinks
  • x_not_included Hotel pick-up/drop-off
Where

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City

Meeting point:
Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts. The meeting point is at Piazza della Città Leonina, near the arches, where the square meets via di Porta Angelica. Our meeting point is located at the corner of the square, on the left-hand side, next to the kiosk. Our guide will be meeting you there holding a LOVING ROME SIGN.
What to remember
  • The St. Peter's Basilica Dome might not be accessible during bad weather conditions
  • Entrance to the Basilica requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for all visitors
  • Weapons or sharp objects, skirts/short skirts, sleeveless shirts ,luggages and large bags are not allowed inside the St Peter's Basilica
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users, people wit impaired mobility, people with serious health condition and heart problem
  • All visitors must pass through a metal detector security check before entering the St Peter's Basilica, during high season the waiting may take up to
  • The elevators Dome only takes you to the first balcony, to climb up to the main Dome you will have to use the stairs (320 steps) which requires 20 extra minutes.The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Necropoli are not part of this tour
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Provider
Loving Rome
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the experience begins.

What people say about this experience

Excellent

4.8/5

Based on 2 reviews from verified customers

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Safety

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Service

4.6/5

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Value for money

4.6/5

  • Christina Fischer

    From Germany - March 2024

    Travelled with family

     

    25 - 34 years old

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Die Tour um 7:30 Uhr war genau richtig, kaum Schlangen vor den Sicherheitskontrollen und die Führung noch nicht überfüllt

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - May 2023

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    The tour guide was helpful and made our trip easy. I would highly recommend

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