St. Peter's Basilica & Cupola Guided tour with Breakfast

Badge of ExcellenceRoma, Italy

From USD 52.61

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


To dig deep into the history and art of St Peter’s Basilica, explore the church on a walking tour with a Vatican guide. From St Peter’s Square, walk to the basilica. Inside, listen to stories about the popes, pilgrims and Renaissance art masters who have left their marks on this iconic Catholic site, whose Michelangelo-designed dome dominates the Rome skyline.
  • Walking tour of St Peter's Basilica and Square
  • Gaze in awe at the impressive dome designed by Michelangelo
  • Rub the foot of the statue of St Peter, and see Michelangelo's La Pietà

What's Included

  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica & the Cupola
  • Entrance ticket to the Cupola
  • Breakfast at the bar "Al San Michele"
  • Headsets
  • Access to the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-line access

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Borgo Santo Spirito, 17
    Borgo Santo Spirito, 17, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

    Meet your guide at the bar "Al San Michele" where you can take advantage of your included delicious Italian breakfast before starting your guided tour.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your guide in the heart of Vatican City to begin your walking tour of one of Rome’s most legendary landmarks. Starting in St Peter’s Basilica, walk over to 2000 years of history. The tour will end in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican.

Throughout the centuries, the humble church grew into the ornate icon it is today—the holiest of Roman Catholic sites. With your guide, walk around to see Renaissance art like Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture, as well as his cupolone—St Peter’s famous dome.

Admire mosaic works, see a statue of St Peter, visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II and stare in wonder at Bernini’s baldacchino, the elaborate canopy alter that sits above St Peter’s tomb. Your tour ends inside the basilica, where you may continue exploring independently, if you wish.

Included in your visit you will receive Vox City Guide, an audio-experiences selfguided visit of the city of Rome with audio commentary and stories from local experts. The code to download your VCG will be delivered directly to the Basilica.

St. Peter's Square

3 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

La Pieta

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

St. Peter's Basilica

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Vatican City

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Obelisco Vaticano

3 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cupola di San Pietro

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Monument to Alexander VII

3 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tomba di Giovanni Paolo II

3 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Porta Santa

3 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

St. Peter Enthroned

3 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tomb of Urban VIII

3 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Basilica Papale di San Pietro

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Vatican Grottoes

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Fontane di Piazza San Pietro

3 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Apolistic Palace (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Entrance to the Vatican requires a strict dress code (shoulders and knees must be covered - Low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts are not allowed for both men and women). Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Meet your guide at the bar "Al San Michele" (Borgo santo Spirito 17) where you can take advatage of the included breakfast
  • Not recommended for people with heath conditions as there will be 300 steps to climb to the top of the Cupola
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveller Tips

Disorganised check-in,but otherwise worthwhile to have been able to skip the line and get in to St Peters.
The Basilica is a must see, but having the full understanding is essential.
All in all an excellent cultural experience well worth the money.


1,581 reviews
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Great idea for first touur
Lisa_W, Sept 2023
Very happy with this tour only disappointing thing was no breakfast. Compete tour for history and sights, lacking prayerful opportunities.
Leah_C, Sept 2023
Really enjoyed it. Veiw from the top is amazing, steps are a bit tough to the top but worth it. I would book again in the future
Great experience
CRISELDA_S, Sept 2023
Although it’s free to enter, it’s nice to go with a tour so you get more detailed information. Be very prepared to work, especially if you want to go to the top. You’ll get beautiful views but skip going to the top if you don’t want to walk up 300+ steps. Also skip going to the top if you’re claustrophobic or have vertigo.
no breakfast included and...
Kathrin_L, Aug 2023
no breakfast included and poor guiding! and afterwards no answer from viator or from the touroperator.
We don’t leave you behind
John_E, Aug 2023
Guide was very accommodating to both the couple that missed the group at departure & different couple who got claustrophobic on dome climb & were delayed 1/2 hour getting to exit rendezvous point.
Apartment was very...
Joseph_S, July 2023
Apartment was very spacious and clean. Beautiful set up. Good location. Area wasn’t the best but the apartment made up for that
Too bad
Douglas_V, July 2023
This was not very good. Our guide was mumbling in a disinterested monotone voice, during the entire tour. Most of the people on the tour left after we got inside. She seemed confused at times. The only reason we stayed was to get down stairs and even then there was nothing she had to say we could understand. This was not a language barrier, there was no passion or engagement in her voice. She was more engaged when she took a call for 6 minutes during the tour. I’m sure they have better guides. I heard others with more enthusiasm. Very disappointing. The breakfast could have been better organized as well.
peter_w, July 2023
Our tour never included the Basilica. Because our guide provided unclear instructions and failed to move through the dome portion efficiently, she ended the tour at 11 sharp and explained that there was no time to see the basilica. So despite the hefty price, we didn’t get what we paid for — not even close.
Excellent Experience
Ramon_C, July 2023
Our tour guide was great. She was knowledgeable and very accommodating. She gave us tips about touring and explained our questions.
Save your money and don't book this tour
Clinton_H, July 2023
1) Breakfast = 1 croissant and coffee. No water or anything else. 2) St Peter's basilica is free. They still have you wait in the line to get in. No skip the line 3) At 9 am, they know the security does not allow headphone to be used. The tour guy asked us to check out basilica before checking out the dome. He basically just have us walking around on our own. 4) When we up the dome, the tour is basically over. They tell us nothing and does not go up with us. What a waste of money. I can do this own my own and just gotta buy the going up the dome tickets.
Coffee and Crossaint breakFAST
Jancelle_L, June 2023
No time to enjoy breakfast. It could have been timed before actual tour. The timing start is same as the walking tour start not the breakfast itself which could be great start to start the day.
Life time experience
Adam_B, June 2023
We had a fabulous time! Oscar, our tour guide, was very informative, knowledgeable, detailed oriented with a great sense of humor.
It’s a Disaster
Helen_O, May 2023
The dreadful that guide who was unbearable to listen to more interested in his own story and did not explain to people about the amount of steps to the dome
Wonderful place; great guide.
Declan_R, May 2023
The guide was very knowledgeable and had great communication skills. St Peter’s is just an amazing place in terms of scale and details; she made it human! Excellent…
Terrible experience
Claudia_P, May 2023
No breakfast was offered and no warning that there would be a 3-4 hour waiting time to get into the basilica. I bought 2 tickets for me and my 75 year old mom but it was too difficult for her to wait for hours in the line. So we lost our money and when we asked the company to at least honour the breakfast that we paid for, we never heard back. What a disappointment this tour was for the amount of money we paid! Skip it or at least try another company, maybe they will at least have the business ethics to at least refund you partially.
They were not there for...
Mary_P, May 2023
They were not there for our tour. On Sunday for the coliseum we waited over 3 hours for Frederick to come and he NEVER showed. Another tour guide called him and he said he had cancelled. I want a refund for our St Peters your I am so upset about this I am using my sisters phone please my email is teatdtope6@gmail .com my name for this booking is Mary lou planko. iI want a full refund for my Discover now. Also so many people with our tour had the same problem
Tour guide was all over...
Robert_K, Apr 2023
Tour guide was all over the place, never really stayed on point! Was concerned where the bathrooms were! A bit confused, the Vatican and Cupola was magnificent!!
See the best first and linger as long as you’d like to see the rest.
Gail_H, Apr 2023
The cafe where we began was a great start with excellent pastries and coffee to chose from. Our guid was experienced, knowledgeable and ensured we all saw the highlights of the Basilica and walked safely through the cupola on a very wet day in Rome.
Don`t buy this tour as it is thrown out money - you don`t get anything for your money
Ivana_R, Apr 2023
No worth for money. The breakfast = coffee + croissant to go. The entrance into Basilica is for free. You pay only for cupola - 8 EUR by stairs/ 10 EUR by elevator. Kids for free. To get into Basilica you have to wait into queue for safety control, no special / quicker entrance for organized groups. We spent there almost one hour and during this hour we got VERY POOR information about Basilica or Vatican as "Pope is very close", "you are lucky that the sun is shining and we have no rain" ... The guide had no flag so it was very hard to follow her in the crowded basilica. Even we were the group of around 15 people and we were following the guide all the time, we got lost at the total end of the tour and spent around 1 hour more by looking for the place where to return the radio. We paid 4 adults price (as there was no option for kids) and the costs were 4 croissants, 4 teas and 2 x 10 EUR for entrance into cupola (and finally we decided to go by stairs as the queue for elevator was very long). We got almost no information from the guide. So the costs 50 EUR maximum and we paid 214,40USD!!! Please, don`t buy this tour as it is thrown out money and our worst experience of the Rome.
Lucy_M, Jan 2023
We had a great tour guide, he knew details on some many of the land markers within the Basilica/Vatican!! It was so worth the price.

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