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How to Climb St. Peter’s Dome

written by Sean Finelli August 9, 2019
Things to do in Rome - Climb to the Top of St Peters Dome

St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the most beautiful churches in the world, and it’s definitely worth a visit. Besides the fact that it contains the beautiful La Pietà, Michelangelo’s famous marble sculpture, the entire church is home to a plethora of beautiful art. While you’re visiting the Basilica, did you know that you can also climb St. Peter’s Dome too?

Want to Climb St. Peter’s Dome?

You definitely should! We have even arranged a special tour dedicated to St. Peter’s Basilica and it’s jaw-dropping dome. Our new Ultimate St. Peter’s Basilica Dome Climb is the perfect tour for those who want the full St. Peter’s experience. Want to get a guided tour of the Vatican as well? Check out our Complete Vatican Combo Tour with Sistine Chapel & Dome Climb.

Where is St. Peter’s Dome

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The St. Peter’s Dome is easy to find. Just head to the famous St. Peter’sBasilica and you’re there! Once you get to St Peter’s and have gone through the security gates, face the church. You will see there are a few entrances you can walkthrough. To the right, you will see an entrance with a green sign that says “Dome Entrance”. From there, follow the arrows to the ticket kiosk.

*If you’ve just taken a Vatican Tour and ended at St. Peter’s Basilica, this is the perfect activity to finish off your Vatican experience. Especially because, if you’re on our tour, you’d of skipped the lines and security gates, and can simply head straight to the dome!

St. Peter’s Dome Hours

St. Peter’s Dome is open to visitors all day, but closing times do change slightly depending on the seasons.

  • 1st April – 30th September: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • 1st October – 31st March: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

How to get Tickets

If you’re not interested in a guided tour, you can purchase your tickets to the dome at the ticket kiosk. As mentioned above, the entrance is to the right of St. Peter’s Basilica, and following the arrows, you will reach the little ticket kiosk.

You have two choices with different prices:

  • On Foot for €6: This is the cheaper option, where you climb 551 steps in total, to the top. If you enjoy some physical activity, go for this option. It is a great walk and gets exciting as you start nearing the top of the dome and the passages get narrower and narrower. There is also something rewarding about climbing all those stairs, and reaching the top for the ultimate view!
  • With Elevator + A Few Steps for €8: This is slightly more expensive, as you get to swoop up the majority of the climb in a modern-day capsule! If you are unable to walk a lot of stairs, or just don’t feel like the climb, opt for this option! You still walk a few stairs for the last part of the journey!

Please note: The ticket office does not take cards, so be sure to bring cash with you! If you go all the way into St. Peters and don’t have cash, you will need to leave St Peter’s to draw money, and re-enter through security all over again.

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Emily May 31, 2017 at 12:22 am

Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Very helpful info particularly the last part 🙂 I was looking for this particular information for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

Eleonor June 2, 2017 at 7:03 am

I live in Rome since a year and i haven’t been to the top of Saint Peter’s Doe yet… What a shame

Bun June 2, 2017 at 7:41 am

Fantastic beat ! It looks like there’s an amazing view of Rome from there 🙂 it’s gonna be on my things to do in Rome list

gemstones June 3, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Aw, this was a really nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to produce a great article… thanks for sharing i need to see the Vatican!

Matthew Hall February 2, 2018 at 6:36 pm

WRT the ending point made that if one is finishing a tour and can skip the lines and “…can simply head straight to the dome” – would another ticket still have to be purchased?

Francesca Turner February 6, 2018 at 3:41 pm

Hi Matthew, the ticket to access the Dome isn’t included in our Vatican tour so you would have to purchase the ticket for this separately. However, you will be able to access the Dome directly from St Peters Basilica after your tour and therefore avoiding the long queues in the square. The views are spectacular and definitely worth it 🙂


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