Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb

Includes tickets and elevator access up to best viewpoint in Rome

5 / 5 See All 6 Reviews · 1.5h 16 max · Vatican, Italy

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.

Tour Details
  • 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. 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. If you continue climbing, you’ll have to climb another 320 steps to get to the very top of the dome. 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. 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.

What you get with this tour
English-speaking guide
St. Peter's Dome tickets included
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9/24/2019
Great View

Even though the hike up to the top was a bit tough, the views at the top made it all worth it. Loved that The Roman Guy took care of purchasing the tickets for us. Definitely bring some water and wear comfortable shoes... and enjoy!

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Ethan Richards
8/29/2019
St. Peter's Basilica Dome Tour

This tour was a bit strenuous but so worth it! There were great views and we loved exploring inside the Basilica too.

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Catherine R
8/20/2019
Bring your camera!

Completely forgot mine. Amazing views atop the Basilica. It's definitely a climb but an amazing experience that I will remember for a long time.

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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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