Complete Vatican Combo Tour with Sistine Chapel & Dome Climb

See St. Peter's Dome, the Vatican Museums and the Papal Crypts

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Are you looking to climb the dome of St. Peters and tour the Vatican Museums? This tour combines our Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb and Tour with Papal Crypts with our Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica in one discounted package. Make your experience more memorable while your fun and local Vatican tour guide unveil the secrets of the Vatican with humorous stories about the Vatican and its leaders. Admission Included.

Tour Details
  • The Complete Package
  • Climb St. Peter’s Dome
  • St Peter’s Basilica
  • La Pietá
  • St Peter's Statue
  • Baldacchino By Bernini
  • The underground Crypts
  • View of St. Peters
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Pio-Clementino
  • Gallery of Candelabra
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Borgia Apartments
  • Sistine chapel
  • Last Judgement

Vatican City is home to many bucket list attractions, and the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica are definitely top of the list. However, it can be difficult to climb St. Peter’s Dome. Many visitors climb the dome after their tour of the museums, so wait times can be long. This tour allows you to enter St. Peter’s Basilica and its dome right when it opens so that you avoid the long lines. After you finish touring the Basilica, see all the highlights of the Vatican Museums. This tour includes:

  • A Memorable Experience

  • A Professional and Fun English-speaking guide

  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica

  • Tickets to climb St. Peter's Dome

  • Skip the line access* Vatican tickets for 10:30 a.m.

  • Small group size of 10 people max

*Short delays at the security check may occur during the busiest months, June and July. We do, however, have a team of experts at the Vatican every morning to help our groups avoid delays as much as possible. 

Important! After you visit the Vatican Museums, the tour will continue on to St. Peter’s Basilica as some of the group will not have been on the dome climb beforehand. If you wish, you may stay in the Vatican Museums and forgo a second visit to St. Peter’s. If you choose to leave the tour early, remember to return your headset to your tour guide.

Want to skip the line at the Vatican without having a guided tour? Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

Climb St. Peter’s Dome

Enjoy the absolute best view of the city from the dome! Once you enter, you can choose to either climb 231 steps to reach the dome’s first level or take an elevator. From the first level, you’ll be able to see an amazing view of the Vatican City. After this, you are welcome to stay where you are, go down to the Basilica, or keep climbing to the very top.

Guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica

Once you descend from the dome, your guided tour of the world’s largest church begins. Your guide will show you some of the most famous works inside the Basilica, including Bernini’s Baldacchino and Michelangelo’s Pietà. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the jaw-dropping interior before you continue on to the Vatican Museums.

Highlights of the Vatican

There’s plenty to explore within the Vatican during your skip the line tour. See some of the best galleries in the museum: the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and the Gallery of the Maps. In these galleries, discover some of the most iconic artwork made by Italy's most renowned Renaissance artists.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous works of art in the world and once you enter, it’s easy to understand why. Michelangelo’s massive masterpiece includes over 600 figures and words cannot do it justice. As the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, speaking inside is forbidden. We will provide you a map/handout to reference before you enter as your guide will not be allowed to explain the frescoes once inside. 

Please note: As the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, everyone who enters must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to this portion of your tour. A great option is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Pio-Clementino Museum

This museum houses a number of iconic statues, including Laocoön and His Sons and the Belvedere Torso. Your guide will tell you all about the history and legends surrounding the art, as well as Emperor Nero’s bathtub, a 25 foot work made of red marble. 

Borgia Apartments

The Borgia Apartments were once the private chambers of Pope Alexander VI, the Borgia pope. The frescoes inside were the work of Pinturicchio, who studied alongside Raphael. Pinturicchio often placed fake jewels in his frescoes, giving “hidden gem” a literal meaning. Another surprise found within the Borgia Apartments? The first depiction of Native Americans in European art.

The Raphael Rooms

After the Middle Ages, Europe saw a new age of amazing art, literature and thought. Raphael is one of the most famous Renaissance artists and some of his most well-known works of art reside in the Vatican Museums. Your guide will show you the rooms he frescoed and one of his most famous works of art, The School of Athens.

Access St. Peter's Basilica Through Sistine Chapel

Finally, your tour will return to the Sistine Chapel.  From there, you will have the option to reenter St. Peter’s Basilica with your tour guide through a special door in the Sistine Chapel, or stay in the Vatican Museums to continue exploring on your own. 

What you get with this tour
English-Speaking Guide
St. Peter's Dome & Vatican Tickets included
Skip the Line
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This is our fourth tour (in 3 years) with this company. We have never been disappointed!! This year, due to Covid, we received a message our specific tour (Sistine chapel and St. Peter's) was being cancelled because we were the only ones registered. They offered us a free upgrade for another tour (that included the dome climb) on the same day and time. Our guide, Maria, was excellent. Like every other guide we had, she was an expert in her field (art history), knowledgeable, personable, kind, prompt, and a great sense of humor. She knew her way around and she made the tour both educational and FUN. We highly recommend the Roman Guy!

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Rosemarie Sedney
10/5/2021
Incredible!

Our tour guy -girl was Rafa. We learned so much as she pointed out details we easily would have missed! She brought the art to life and even set the pace as we climbed to dome! Her knowledge enhanced our amazing tour day! A MUST DO with the he TOUR GUY!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

In front of St. Peter's Basilica by Bernini's North fountain. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

The Vatican dress code dictates you cover your knees and shoulders. If you do not meet the dress code, you may be denied entry! No need to dress like the people living there, covering your knees and shoulders is sufficient. Wear comfortable shoes.

What to bring?

The Vatican dress code dictates you cover your knees and shoulders. If you do not meet the dress code, you may be denied entry! No need to dress like the people living there, covering your knees and shoulders is sufficient. Wear comfortable shoes.

Is there a way to see the Vatican without a guided tour?

Of course. Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

I have some doubts about my mobility. What do you suggest?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Vatican Private Tour.

Does the Vatican ever experience unexpected closures?

During State visits or special religious events, parts of the Vatican may be closed unexpectedly. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. Plus, we will show you an extra site or gallery to compensate.

Will the Vatican Museums be crowded during this tour?

The Vatican is often slow in the late afternoon, but there is a chance the museums may be crowded while we are inside.

Why does this tour visit St. Peter's Basilica twice?

This tour combines our Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb with our Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica so you can climb St. Peter's Dome and get a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. This means that many of the guests on your guided tour of the Vatican Museums will not have been part of your original dome climb tour. If you do not wish to enter the Basilica again, you can forgo the visit and stay inside of the Vatican Museums, just remember to return your headset.

Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?

We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you may be refused entry to religious sites and miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Where to meet?

In front of St. Peter's Basilica by Bernini's North fountain. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

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