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

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  • 1 hour 45 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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

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, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers 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
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes: a moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Please be aware that the lines to clear security checks at the entrance of the square might take 15-90 minutes
  • 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
  • Not recommended for travellers with claustrophobia
  • Not recommended for travellers with vertigo
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date 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 Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group ?

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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group ?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group ?

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

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group ?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Highly Recommended!
Ene_H, Aug 2022
We did this tour with our two fifteen year olds and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour operator met us exactly at the assigned place at the appointed time. Guide Arturo was excellent and very knowledgeable - he really brought Rome and the Basilica to life. I would highly recommend this tour! PS the views of Rome from the dome are well worth the effort!
Our guide was nice… but...
MaryGayle_M, Aug 2022
Our guide was nice… but she never looked back to make sure her whole group was still with her…. We lost our group, found another member of your team, and SHE was amazing… great explanation of things!!!
Better experience with a tour guide
Rosanne_R, Aug 2022
This is my second time and I am very pleased to have a tour guide this time. Donna is very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. She’s patient and accommodating. My family enjoyed this tour very much.
The climb was amazing ....
Jessie_A, Aug 2022
The climb was amazing . The view spectacular. So worth the effort , The entire Basilica visit was absolutely incredible.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Our guide was fantastic!...
Carol_O, Aug 2022
Our guide was fantastic! So knowledgeable. the view from the top of the dome was amazing but not for the faint of heart.
Great visit, great tour...
Debbie_C, Aug 2022
Great visit, great tour guide. Thank you. Beautiful experience much appreciated. Marley was very knowledgeable
Top of the Dome worth it alone!
Erin_S, Aug 2022
Daniele V was very knowledgeable and paced the experience just right for the group. The highlight of this tour was the climb to the top of the dome - first on the inside with the help of an elevator - up close with the mosaics of the dome ceiling; followed by stairs to the top outside - with amazing views of the city and the Vatican grounds. This part of the tour was truly the highlight.
Great Tour
Sazid_K, Aug 2022
This tour was well worth it, our guide, Giovanni was amazing he was very friendly and knowledgeable. The climb to the top of the dome was tough but the view was priceless. .
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour with great tour guide!
Kris_C, Aug 2022
Overall experience was great! Tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and approachable! We were able to go through the entire Basilica and she explained all parts of the church!
Our guide was pleasant,...
michael_v, Aug 2022
Our guide was pleasant, friendly and very informative, perhaps too informative at times. Tour lasted longer than described online, resulting in an early departure for us.
Our guide was excellent,...
Laura_W, Aug 2022
Our guide was excellent, knowledgeable and charming. However! It says”skip the line” and we skipped NO line. We stood in the heat & sun with everyone else who did not pay extra for this tour. So they should make that clear!
View Priceless Art Works - worth it!
Theresa_Y, Aug 2022
Tour started in the museum where we saw many beautiful priceless art pieces, then a pass through the chapel. Note, no talking or photos in the chapel. And ended in the Bascillica where you get dropped off to explore the bascillica at your own pace. The bascillica portion is not guided although the guide told us about a famous Michael Angelo sculpture which we should not miss! Highly recommend
Well worth the money.
Tien_N, Jul 2022
Patrizio was a patient guide with a great deal of knowledge to share and a nice sense of humor. We learned a lot. Our group was only about 12 people.
Amazing!! Valeria, our...
Salvatore_C, Jul 2022
Amazing!! Valeria, our guide tour, was very nice and the tour was very well explained ...go on top was not easy (330 steps after the elevator) but worthy (btw u can stop in some part of it to rest)
A must see: St. Peter’s Basilica
Sandra_R, Jul 2022
Our tour guide, Ella, was fabulous! She provided us with intriguing facts and insights. She captured our attention with her enthusiasm and knowledge.
This tour is not to be missed!
Mark_N, Jul 2022
I have visited Saint Peter’s Basilica before but this tour made everything come to life like never before! The history of the long succession of Popes; the mastery of the artists and architects combine to bring history and religion before our eyes! I highly recommend this tour and the tour guide Maria Consuela.
Don’t miss the climb!
Jessica_O, Jul 2022
Federika was tremendous! Great energy, patient with very chatty tour members, very thoughtful and personable, knowledgeable and kind. The climb was worth every single step!
Brilliant and interesting
Nicole_G, Jul 2022
What an interesting and enriching experience of the basilica. We had a great guide who clearly loves her subject matter.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing Tour, Amazing Guide!
Shelby_H, Jul 2022
Amazing experience, amazing tour! Our guide was knowledgeable and wonderful!!! Me and my husband had such a great day!
the excellent guide...
Kresimir_P, Jul 2022
the excellent guide Margarita made the tour even more fun! The excellent guide Margarita made the tour even more fun.
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