St. Peter’s Dome Climb, Basilica & Papal Crypts Tour

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Our St. Peter’s Dome Climb, Basilica & Papal Crypts Tour is a deep dive into the history, religion, art, and hidden secrets that surround this storied Basilica and the square itself. Go from high above the city and its stunning views to plunge deep underground and discover the best of what Rome has to offer. This tour includes entrance to St. Peter’s Dome and Basilica, tickets to the Crypts, an expert English-speaking tour guide, and an informative leaflet about the sites. Book now for a unique and informative excursion through this Roman attraction.

St. Peter’s Dome Climb, Basilica & Papal Crypts Tour Highlights

  1. Climb to the very top of St. Peter’s Dome and be rewarded with magnificent views over the Eternal City
  2. Enjoy guided tours through St. Peter’s Basilica, the famous Baldachin, and the tomb of St. John Paul II
  3. Explore the special crypt beneath St. Peter’s Basilica to visit the tombs of past popes
  4. Learn about the city's history and religious background with your Vatican expert guide
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St. Peter’s Dome Climb, Basilica & Papal Crypts Tour Itinerary

7:30 - Pickup from Rome
  • You will be picked up from a centralized location in Rome. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time.
Guided Tour of St Peter Dome, Basilica & Papal Crypt
  • Meet your guide, an expert on Vatican history and art, in the center of St Peter's Square and stroll across the gleaming marble pavement to the steps that wind their way up and around the dome of the basilica
  • While there are 551 steps that lead to the peak, you'll be taking an elevator part of the way. Arriving at the base of the Dome, you’ll have a chance to admire the building’s beautiful interior
  • Continue to climb the 320 steps to the very top where your guide will point out the best of the historical landmarks that cover the city, from Vatican City to the Roman Forum
  • Few get to see these uninterrupted views, so take advantage and be sure to snap plenty of photos while you have the chance!
  • Make your way back to the bottom for a quick break to rest before you head into the Basilica itself to explore this internationally renowned marvel of architecture and art
  • Escorted by your guide, admire the Papal Altar under Bernini’s Baldachin and Michelangelo’s masterpiece, La Pietà
  • Plunge into the depths below to explore the underground tombs of past popes and the alleged necropolis of St Peter himself
  • Return outside to view Bernini’s optical illusion in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope’s famous balcony, and capture some more remarkable photos of the Basilica
  • When the tour ends, you're in the center of the city, perfect for more exploring on your own!
10:30 - Drop off at Rome
  • The tour ends at St. Peter Square
NB - all timings on St. Peter’s Dome Climb, Basilica & Papal Crypts Tour are approximate
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Entrance into St. Peter’s Dome, St. Peter’s Basilica & Papal Crypts
Hand picked expert tour guide
Lunch & drinks
Personal travel insurance
What to Bring
Walking shoes
Sunglasses & sunscreen
Essential Information
Please note that the dome’s elevator only takes you to the first terrace. In order to climb to the top of the dome, you will have to use stairs (320 steps)
Bags and suitcases larger than 40x35x15 cm, tripods, large umbrellas, and potentially dangerous objects must be left in the cloakroom. The cloakroom is a 20-minute walk from the end of the tour
You will need to pass a security control. During high season it can take up to 30 minutes. No knives, weapons, or sharp objects will be permitted inside
Dress code for all tours entering the Vatican: Shoulders and knees must be covered for both men, women, and children