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The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

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Begin your Vatican experience a little differently with a climb up the dome of St. Peter's Basilica with a guide. After getting sweeping views of Vatican City and Rome beyond, proceed inside for a guided tour of the church itself, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. This half-day tour takes place in the morning, before much of the crowds arrive at the Vatican.
  • Save time with skip-the-line Vatican tickets
  • Sweeping views of Rome from St. Peter's Basilica dome
  • Comprehensive tour of the basilica, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel
  • Art historian guide provides in-depth commentary

What's Included

  • St. Peter's Dome Climb to the top of Michelangelo's Cupola for truly amazing views of Rome!
  • Get into the Vatican Museums fast with our no lines priority access ticket and a local expert guide
  • Catch all the classic and ancient sculptures inside world famous chambers, halls and galleries
  • Immersive Sistine Chapel inside experience and a panel-by-panel tour of Michelangelo's ceiling
  • Full tour of entire St. Peter's Basilica covering all the major works of art and sculpture therein
  • Tour of little-known Papal Sarcophagi beneath St. Peter's Basilica which we call "Vatacombs"
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Largo del Colonnato, 1
    Largo del Colonnato, 1, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

    Meet at 745am for 8am departure by the Tiare fountain (Fontana delle Tiare), just beneath Largo del Colonnato and in front of the pillars which run around Saint Peter's Square. · Your guide will be holding a When in Rome Tours signboard. Google maps link:

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

  • Piazza Papa Pio XII
    Piazza Papa Pio XII, Roma RM, Italy

    The tour concludes on St. Peter's Square beside St. Peter's Basilica.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • On days immediately surrounding religious holidays at the Vatican, alterations to tours may become necessary due to partial closings of areas normally included in this tour. In the event that the Papal tombs beneath St. Peter's Basilica are closed, the tour of the Basilica itself will be extended and no refunds made
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Maximum 20 travelers on this tour, hand sanitizer made available (we will provide), mandatory mask-wearing on the tour (bring your own)
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

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 a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips

It was very hot but it was 90 out side skip the li e is a must as the wait was at least 2 hours or more in the hot sun .
The Climb to the top with "When in Rome Tours" is highly recommended, even by grandma!
Give yourself time to walk to the meeting point for Vatican museum and Sistine chapel tour.
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There are far more stairs...
john_s, Aug 2022
There are far more stairs than i was led to believe. Some of the stairways had no railings. When we got to the museum i have never seen so many people in one space in my 73 years. If we had had to get out in a hurry i shutter to thing what would gave happened. For safety and covid the numbers were an issue. There need to be some quotas established.
Sandra the great !
Gaurav_P, Aug 2022
Extremely informative guidance by Sandra. She gave so many intricate details regarding history, philosophy, architecture and art ! We could see the passion in her as if she was doing it for the first time just for us. Coming all the way from India it was very important for us to find such a genuine guide as we don't know when we might be able to visit again. In so much heat she left no stone unturned to give us maximum information in such a short time. Extremely wonderful experience, will always remember her as the best guide in Rome. Please personally convey our wishes to her. Chiao !
parveenrana, Aug 2022
Our guide Chiara was absolutely amazing. She engaged each couple / friend in a way that she knew they would listen / learn and she had the answers to everything. She was funny, informative and just amazing to have as a tour guide. She gave us free time to take photos and do our own little things. I would 100% recommend her and the group to everyone I know.
Awesome guide Massimo
Leonela_G, Aug 2022
We were very lucky to have had Massimo as our guide. We had done other tours in Rome during our stay there but none explained and had the knowledge and charisma that Massimo did. He is truly perfect for the job!
The perfect tour and the perfect tour guide.
Chad_R, Aug 2022
The knowledge and enthusiasm of Paolo, our tour guide, was impressive and made this an unforgettable experience! The climb to the top is definitely challenging, but the views made it worth the effort (and pain).
Highly recommended
Jung_U, Aug 2022
This was a great way to tour Vatican as a whole package. It is a very touristy place and the line gets really long. But, they arrange everything for you, and all you have to do is show up (make sure you show up early!). Also, our guide Paolo was amazing. He knew lots about Vatican, and very clear in communicating and directing where to go.
tour left early, left us behind
peter_m, Aug 2022
Tour was supposed to leave at 8 with an assembly time at 745. We got there at 757 due to traffic but the group had already left. There were no follow up texts, emails to rejoin the tour in progress, nothing at all. So we lost over 100 Euros over this. Attempts to get a refund over services not delivered were unproductive. Fake people sent unsupported emails backing the tour operator. Overall Viator's products are inconsistent and are not consumer friendly. There are far better and more honest tour operators elsewhere.
Russell_K, Aug 2022
Great idea to do the dome climb in the morning before the heat was too bad. Our guide was very knowledgeable it was a great experience
If I could give more than 5 stars, I would!
Rebeccah_C, Aug 2022
First of all, our guide Niccola is amazing. I think he may be the best guide I have had on my travels. Grazie Niccola! This tour is not for the fainthearted. You need decent shoes, energy and a good level of fitness, and stamina, especially in August! The trip up to the top of St Peter's Basilica is hard work for anybody. Many stairs without rest spaces. Actually, coming down is just as hard on the legs... Niccola's knowledge amd ability to impart it is second to none. He really made this tour for us - he was highly attentive, answered a multitude of questions, and just knew it all! He is clearly experienced but also highly skilled. The tour of the Vatican was great although it was extremely crowded and it was impossible to see everything. However, Niccola provided highlights and spoke about other things along the way to tie it all together. An absolutely fantastic tour. We needed some pasta at the end to refuel!
Isabelle_J, Aug 2022
Georgia was incredible! Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We had a very enjoyable experience and would book again!
Good but too fast
wendi_r, Aug 2022
We enjoyed our time but the tour was too quick. We didn’t get to look at anything for very long. We ended up staying after the tour for another 3 hours to look at things more closely and go into areas in the Vatican Museum that were not gone through with the tour. Many amazing original art pieces that we didn’t realize were there.
Sandra I’d great
FadiJoseph_B, Jul 2022
Sandra our tour guide was wonderful Thank you Thxfhkjj kg do if go ok do I fly gf go oh th J go if go if go J go
Complete tour
Heather_R, Jul 2022
Loved the view from St Peter’s dome. Very good, fun, informative guide. Was good to go 8.45a.m to miss the queues and heat.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fabulous tour!
Shannon_C, Jul 2022
Choosing this tour with the dome climb was absolutely the best way to go! St Peter’s is a highlight and it was hot so good to do that early. Paulo was an amazing guide.
Angelo_S, Jul 2022
Wow! Didn't realize there would be so much to this tour, and it was only a small taste of the Vatican. Besides the heat, we really enjoyed ourselves. The history was incredible. Our guide Chiara was super knowledgeable and made the tour very enjoyable and fun, such that you left learning and retaining what you saw. Thanks, Olivia's Family!
Megan_O, Jul 2022
The tour did match the description, but it was too much to take in, in one day. It was a very long, very hot day and everywhere was so packed with people. If we could do it again, we would look for two different early morning days and split up the experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Our guide covered a lot...
Larry_M, Jul 2022
Our guide covered a lot of information and did so without feeling like we were in a classroom. She was very knowledgeable and very pleasant. The climb to the Dome of St Peter's was worth the climb, not just for the view but especially to experience how the walls slanted as you neared the top. Needless to say, the Vatican was beautiful, as well as the Sistine Chapel. Our guide gave us enough time to shop in the gift shop. I did not feel rushed at all.
Best Tour
Sumi_T, Jul 2022
Simply fantastic! Extremely busy, but our guide was fantastic, and highly knowledgeable. Climbing the steps of the Basilica was worth the fantastic views
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fantastic tour and tour guide
Maddison_M, Jul 2022
Absolutely fantastic tour and cannot commend our Roman guide, Massimo, highly enough! He was fun, energetic, hilarious, witty and had so much knowledge!
Teodora_O, Jul 2022
This was EXCELLENT!! Our tour guide, Chiara, made us feel right at home. She taught us so much, but in a relaxed and fun way. The tour was so enjoyable, such an incredible experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to visit the Vatican!


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