Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group

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From USD 47.90

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 45 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy a rare bird’s-eye view over Rome with this tour of St. Peter’s Basilica that includes a climb to the top of its dome. Visit St. Peter’s Square and church with an art historian guide to marvel at its Renaissance art and architecture. Then head underground to see the grottoes and St. Peter's tomb before climbing the dome to admire the church interiors and the surrounding city from above.
  • A complete St. Peter’s Basilica tour from underground grottoes to dome top
  • A guide for insights into the art and architecture of the square and church
  • Tickets to the top of the dome included
  • Headsets to follow the guide’s commentary inside and outside the basilica

What's Included

  • Professional art-historian guide
  • Entry fees to the top of the Dome
  • Guided tour of St. Peter Dome
  • Thorough guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Sterilized headsets to hear clearly your guide
  • Full on-site assistance
  • The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are not part of this tour
  • This tour does not skip the line (neither the security checks one nor the dome's elevator one)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Largo del Colonnato, 5
    Largo del Colonnato, 5, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

    Meet your guide at Largo del Colonnato, 5, by the first columns of the Colonnade. Look for a yellow label with TOURIKS written on it. Please be at the meeting point 20 minutes before the starting time. The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter's square.

End point

  • Saint Peter's Square
    Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

What To Expect

St. Peter's Square

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

St. Peter's Basilica

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Vatican Grottoes

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cupola di San Pietro

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • The dome's terrace might not be accessible during bad weather conditions. In that case, you can either ask for a partial refund and visit the Basilica and the grottoes or decide to cancel the tour for a full refund
  • An appropriate dress-code is required in order to enter the churches: knees and shoulders should be covered
  • Please take into consideration that the lines to clear security checks at the entrance of the square might take 15-120 minutes
  • We recommend to wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Please note that you will be required to pass through metal detectors at the entrance of the square
  • The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter's square and the security checks
  • The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are not part of this tour
  • The Vatican Necropoli is not part of this tour
  • We might not be able to accommodate, refund or reschedule late arrivals
  • Strollers are not allowed in the Basilica. There is a luggage deposit at the entrance of the basilica where you can leave the stroller
  • Please note that this is not a skip-the-line tour
  • Not recommended for travellers with claustrophobia
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travellers with vertigo
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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1,118 reviews
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History lesson to life
Monica_S, June 2023
It was like being in history class for hours expect the pictures in the book were bought to life in front of you.
A must do trip in Rome
anguscampbell20, June 2023
Excellent tour and the guide was amazing. East to list to. Kept things moving and also kept us all in check. Long queues but worth it. Amazing views from the dome. Well worth the effort.
St Peter’s Basilica
Melissa_H, June 2023
Elena was a wonderful, knowledgeable guide. We had a terrific time and learned so much! The views from the top section of the dome were fantastic!
Worth it
Janice_P, June 2023
The guide was extremely knowlegeable and perdonable. He was also very patient. We learnes a lot! Specially fascinating were the grottos.
Jordan_S, June 2023
Was a great trip really enjoyed it. Loved the veiw at the top of the dome. We could see all of Rome and the gardens in Vatican city. Would recommend going!
Great experience with a great guide
Cherry_C, June 2023
Valentin is a terrific guide. He is knowledgeable and entertaining throughout the tour. We would love to be back to join his tour agsin.
Disappointed experience of a guided tour while the site seeing was great
Peter_B, June 2023
We really liked the actual Basilica and what we were able to see. The tour guide was in a rush, she did not explain a lot in detail, and seemed to be skipping pieces. We did not feel we got value from taking a guided tour.
Amber_W, June 2023
Tour guide was knowledgeable and easy to understand. It was nice to have general info while we stood in line for the security check. The climb was worth the view at the top.
Our guide, Sara was...
Madison_B, June 2023
Our guide, Sara was amazing and really knowledgeable! The line for security with our group was about half an hour, but Sara kept us busy with facts about Vatican City the whole time! Would definitely recommend.
With the time
Dana_B, June 2023
Very informative. Glad we took the tour. Our guide Sara was excellent. Lines are long but worth the time
Very very pretty
rosavictoria_m, June 2023
The guide was the best ever Claudia explained everything very good!! She was very nice and had a lot of knowledge
Maria_A, June 2023
It was not good organized. You need to do a long line to start the tour. It is not described in the details of the tour.
Ok but rushed
Tabitha_S, June 2023
Book the early morning tour because you don’t skip the security queue and it can take up to 2 hours in the afternoon. We did the first tour in the morning and it took around 40 minutes to get through security. You’re very rushed around the inside to be taken to the top so didn’t feel like we got all the information we could have had on this tour.
Mostly on your own
ncdevlin, May 2023
The guided tour part is very brief with only a few sights described. For the grotto, dome climb and much of the basilica, you're on your own. No skip-the-line access.
Excellent guide
Jeff_M, May 2023
Guide was excellent. Give her a raise. Tutto bene. Narration excellent. Services good. Very knowledgeable
Such an amazing place
Kellina_G, May 2023
The stairs to the dome and the view from the top. So much to see, and the detail is amazing. Take the trip to the top you won’t be disappointed.
Bascillica dome tour
Elaine_S, May 2023
Tour guide was great. Bascillica was stunning. Loved the sights from.the dome. It was a hard climb though. Not for the faint hearted.
akhenshaw, May 2023
Sonja our guide is very knowledgeable. She is an archaeologist. She is awesome! Very enjoyable trip!
delroyziadie, May 2023
Excellent tour guide. Very polite and pleasing. Would definitely recommend this tour to everyone. Loved it
A must see with great commentary.
Robert_R, May 2023
The guide was excellent. She was a last minute fill in and made the tour very interesting. Her commentary brought a most beautiful building to life.

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