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4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)
Skip the line to St Peter's Basilica with a guided walking tour and a visit to the cupola – a Viator Exclusive that can’t be booked anywhere else! Ride an elevator to the cupola and admire the mosaic designs of Michelangelo. Then walk 300 steps to enjoy unrivaled views at the top, the highest point in Rome where few people go. Your comprehensive 2-hour tour includes all the highlights of St Peter's Basilica. Enjoy personal attention from your expert Vatican guide on this small-group tour, limited to 20 people.

Highlights

  • 2-hour St Peter’s Basilica and cupola walking tour – a Viator Exclusive!
  • Gain fast-track entry to St Peter's Basilica and skip the lines
  • Enjoy unparalleled views from the dome, designed by Michelangelo
  • Explore St Peter's Basilica with a Vatican guide and listen to commentary on your audio headset
  • See the tomb of Pope John Paul II and the altar marking the tomb of St Peter
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 20 people ensures an intimate experience
  • This tour cannot be booked anywhere else – don't miss out on this unforgettable experience!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is the only tour with a guided visit to the top of St Peter's cupola! You'll be one of an exclusive group to view all of Rome from the dome of the basilica.

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Skip-the-Line St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including views from the Top of the Cupola

Reach the Cupola of St Peter's Basilica

Your small-group tour starts in St Peter’s Square, where you’ll meet your professional guide. Skip the lines with exclusive access through the Vatican, Rome's famous papal enclave. Along the way, your guide will point out a few significant sites in the square, designed by Baroque architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Pass the northern fountain and the impressive obelisk, which dates back to 13th-century BC Egypt.

Head to the elevator for a ride to the cupola of St Peter's Basilica, created by Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo. When you reach the base of the dome, gaze up at the exquisite mosaics and learn about the artistry of Michelangelo’s design, completed by his successors in 1590.

Then, follow your guide up approximately 300 steps to the top of the cupola, the highest point in Rome, which reaches 450 feet (150 meters) from the floor to the cross at the top – large enough for the Statue of Liberty to fit inside! The dome’s summit affords spectacular views of the basilica’s interior as well as over much of the city – a unique experience that’s only available with this exclusive tour.

After you descend, begin your small-group walking tour through St Peter’s Basilica, whose cornerstone was laid in 1506. Your guide will explain the highlights of the basilica, which is believed to stand on the ground where St Peter the Apostle was crucified and buried. Hear about its significance as the holiest place in Christendom, and admire the incredible feats of architecture and art. You’ll see Michelangelo’s Pietà, rub the statue of St Peter for a blessing and pass some of the 91 papal tombs before ending your tour of the world’s largest church with a view of the Swiss Guards in St Peter’s Square.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Just great. Met on time at allocated place, skipped the line and had a really good young tour guide (Benjamin) to show us around the dome and then inside the Basilica. It was a great trip and one to be recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We loved this tour. Climbing to the top of the Basilica was awesome. Our tour guide provided a lot of useful information about St Peter's.

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