Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb

Includes tickets and elevator access up to best viewpoint in Rome

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Debating if you want to go to the top of St. Peter's Dome? Don't! This is the most epic viewpoint in Rome and a MUST for all travelers in good health.

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What you get with this tour

English-speaking guide
St. Peter's Dome tickets included
Itinerary

What you will see on this tour

  • Climb St. Peter's Dome
  • Explore scenic views of Vatican City
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Michelangelo's Pietà
  • Bernini's Baldacchino

While Vatican City is home to many bucket list attractions, one of the hardest ones to see is often St. Peter’s Dome. Because most travelers visit St. Peter’s Basilica after the Vatican Museums, the line to climb the dome can get pretty extensive as the day goes on. This tour allows you to enter St. Peter’s Basilica right when it opens, allowing you to climb the dome while most travelers are touring the Vatican Museums. This 1.5-hour tour includes:

  • A professional English-speaking guide
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Tickets to climb St. Peter's Dome
  • A maximum group size of 16

Climb St. Peter’s Dome

Once inside, follow your guide to either climb the 231 steps to the dome’s first level, or you can take an elevator. On the dome’s first level, you’ll be able to admire the elaborate mosaics that detail the circumference of the dome. You will also get a chance to step outside onto the terrace and embrace a classic view of Vatican City.

After reaching the first tier, you’ll have free reign to climb even higher. This time, with no elevator option, you will have the option to keep climbing, stay put, or descend into the Basilica. If you continue climbing, you’ll have to climb another 320 steps to get to the very stop. Claustrophobes beware, this space is very tight and the steps are rather steep. But, the views from the top are worth the climb.

Guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica

Finish out your tour with a more in-depth look into the biggest church in the world. Your expert guide will point out the most iconic works inside of the Basilica, namely Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s Baldacchino. You’ll learn the tragic past of Michelangelo’s esteemed Pietà sculpture and why it now has to sit behind bulletproof glass. Marvel in the elegance of the Basilica for as long as you’d like, as you’ll be able to have some free time inside after your tour concludes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

In front of St. Peter's Basilica by Bernini's North fountain

What to bring?

Sneakers, a bottle of water and a great camera!

Q: Does this tour visit the Vatican Museums?

A: This tour does not visit the Vatican Museums. However, if you're interested in touring the Vatican after your tour, consider our Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica.

Q: Does this tour run on Wednesdays?

A: This tour will not run on Wednesdays due to Papal Audience, which is held every Wednesday morning.

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8/12/2019
Maria F
Bellissima!!!!!

I will forever remember this tour. My fiance proposed to me overlooking the beautiful skyline of Rome on top of St. Peter's Basilica. Our guide made it so special for us and took beautiful pictures. Can't thank you all enough for making this such a special experience. What a magical morning :-)

8/1/2019
James R.
Incredible view

I must say that the climb was tough but once i got up to the top, the view was awesome!! St. Peter's was one of my favorite parts of my trip. We recommend!

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