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Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt

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  • Offered in: English


Visit St Peter’s Basilica, climb its dome, and see the papal crypt on this all-access tour. Starting early, you’ll see St. Peter’s Square without the large daytime crowds, then head to the top of the dome for panoramic vistas over the capital. Tour the basilica to admire Michelangelo’s ‘La Pietà’ among other highlights, then finish with a visit to the papal crypt — a site normally missed by other tour groups. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica tour including the dome and papal crypt
  • See the Swiss Guard in St. Peter’s Square without the daytime crowds
  • Walk up the steps of the dome for incredible views of Rome
  • Tour St. Peter’s Basilica and learn about its centuries-old history
  • Visit the papal crypt, and hear the stories behind the tombs
  • Enjoy a personalized, small-group tour for just 15 people

What's Included

  • Small groups of max 15 people
  • Expert local guide
  • Pre-reserved tickets to climb St Peter’s Basilica Dome with elevator access
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
    In front of 'Bar Leonina', in Piazza Citta' Leonina, just outside St. Peter's Square.

Departure Time

  • 8:00 AM

Return Details

  • Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    On St. Peter's terrace

What To Expect

First thing in the morning, head to Bar Polese, Piazza della Città Leoni, near St. Peter’s Square to meet your guide.

At this early time, you’ll stroll around St. Peter’s Square without the crowds that appear later in the day. See the Swiss Guard in their colorful attire as you make your way to the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. With your small group and guide, you’ll take the elevator to the dome’s first terrace to admire its intricate mosaics and other close-up details.

The summit of the dome sits atop of 231 steps; there’s no quick way up, but the view from the top rewards your efforts. Have your camera ready to capture a stunning panorama of Rome, stretched out from St. Peter’s Square to the Tiber River and beyond.

Make your way back down the steps, then take a tour of the basilica itself. See Bernini’s famous bronze baldachin and La Pietà, an early Michelangelo masterpiece. Rub the foot of a sacred statue for luck, and hear the history that’s steeped into the walls of the grand basilica.

Before you leave, you’ll visit the papal crypt. Discover the most significant tombs, and listen to stories about the men whose bodies were laid to rest in the crypt. Your tour finishes here.

St. Peter's Basilica

Pre-reserved tickets to climb St. Peter’s Basilica Dome Gape at amazing views of Rome from the top of the Dome. Enjoy a fully-guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica & Square Descend into the Papal Crypt for a rare guided tour

2 hours 15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included


St. Peter's Square

Your tour starts early, before the crowds arrive. After exploring St Peter’s Square and seeing the Swiss Guard

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • From August 6th 2021, all Italy sites we visit will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. More info on the Italian Government website
  • St Peter's Basilica may be subject to visit restrictions, including limited access to the Dome climb and Papal tombs. Your tour will be amended on the day to offer you the most comprehensive experience available.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please remember that St. Peter's Basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
  • Please note, this tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
  • Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the Basilica. However, large bags, pointy umbrellas and objects must be left at the bag check situated at the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica, next to the official audio-guides desk.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
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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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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
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Q:What is the policy on sanitisation during Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt?

A:The policy on sanitisation is:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
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Q:What is the social distancing policy during Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt?

A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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The climb into the Dome is not for the faint hearted.
65 reviews
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Do. This. Tour.
Dana_L, Oct 2021
Amazing. Our tour guide Mama G was great. Learned a lot without being boring. Would HIGHLY recommend. And the view at the top. Unreal!!
David was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable and personable. He was most accommodating to us “old folks”.
Thomas_A, Oct 2021
David was a great guide!! He was very knowledgeable and most entertaining in his sharing info with everyone.
Greatest thing in Italy.
Alec_M, Oct 2021
Our tour guide Davide was AMAZING. Lots of interesting facts and he was extremely knowledgeable. Of our 14 days in Italy, this was the most mind-blowing site. The stair climb was 100% worth it.
Great guide, great tour.
Koen_v, Aug 2021
Barbara was an excellent guide. Great experience in small group. Felt exclusive due to early start. No waiting in queue.
Salvatore_P, Aug 2021
This is my second time seeing this and my first time was self guided. The guided tour was forsure worth it. My guide Toni was AMAZING.
Not to be missed!
FRances_J, Jul 2020
Sabrina was a wonderful tour guide! This tour was the highlight of our stay in Rome. Cannot recommend enough!!!
Great guide for a nice moment in tourists-emptied eternal city!
Aurencie, Jul 2020
Rome is empty, sad for tourism of course but wonderful moment for bold tourists....our journey was even better thank to Johanna’s entousiasm and professionnalism!
Poorly executed
Kristi_H, Oct 2019
Tour was on time to the meeting location but took a lot of time to sort out groups and meet with the tour guides. Jaber (our guide) has been a tour guide for almost 40 years. Its a shame that most of his knowledge was lost because the only time an audioguide was used was almost 2 hours into the tour. Had a known we would spend 30+ minutes in line at St. Peter's Square in a massive crowd feigning to hear our tour guide talk about the history and architecture, I would not have booked this tour. There was also an event the day of our visit which limited the viewing of the basilica. While I know that this isn't the company's fault, they should have adjusted the timeline and visited the inside prior to the dome climb. Due to the event, we barely saw La Pieta and did not see the crypts at all. We decided to leave the tour early due to the limited access inside the basilica.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Hello gandkharris, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are very sorry to hear experience with Walks was a disappointing one, and that you found it took a long time for your group to get organised before entering St.Peter's basilica. Despite our best efforts to adhere to a strict schedule, sometimes, even with skip the line tickets, it can take considerable time to enter the Vatican due to the sizable crowds during peak tourist season. We, unfortunately, cannot skip the security lines. Nevertheless, we realize how frustrating this must have been. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority, and that is why we invite you to get in touch with us at so we can try to arrange something for you to make up for your loss of time. All the best, The Walks Team
Very good
Curious17693333177, Sep 2019
This tour was very good, we were more than satisfied. The guide was friendly very knowledgeable, It was fun to hear his explanations and stories. Recommended!
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Hello Curious17693333177, Thank you for touring with us during your recent visit to the Vatican. We are thrilled that you had a great time with us, and we hope that you will think of us the next time you are planning a visit to Italy or another of our markets! All the best, The Walks Team
Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
alecward1234, Sep 2019
Excellent. Guide was excellent. Very Knowledgeble. Would recommend. The climb into the Dome is not for the faint hearted. Tour of St Peters Basilica and crypt was excellent
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Hello alecward1234, Thank you very much for your lovely review of our St. Peter's Basilica Tour, we are thrilled that you found the tour so excellent! We do our best to ensure that all of our guests leave our tours with fantastic memories, we truly are glad that this has been the case for you. We hope to have another opportunity to tour with you again, All the best, The Walks Team


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