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Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt

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Immerse yourself in the history, architecture and lore of St. Peter’s Basilica with this all-access tour. Not only will you enjoy a full guided tour of the Basilica and Papal Crypt (not usually included Basilica and Vatican tours) with an expert guide, you’ll avoid long lines to climb up into the titanic dome early in the morning, and gape at the  amazing views of Rome.
  • A small-group tour makes for a personal way to discover this landmark
  • Enjoy guaranteed admission to the basilica’s soaring dome
  • Explore the papal crypt, which most tour groups miss
  • See the church’s famous masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s Pietà
What to Expect
Meet your guide at a convenient location just outside of St. Peter’s Square. In order to beat the crowds, and make the most of this world-famous landmark before long lines form, the tour kicks off in the early morning. See the Swiss Guard in St. Peter’s Square before entering the basilica. With just a small group for company, you’re promised an intimate way of discovering the church. Your first stop is the basilica’s soaring dome, to which you have guaranteed admission. Board an elevator to its first viewing platform before walking up several hundred stairs to its summit, which offers panoramic views overlooking the city. Next, you’ll return to ground level and will discover some of the artistic masterpieces hidden within the church, including Bernini’s bronze altar and Michelangelo’s Pietà. Learn more of the stories and history behind St. Peter's Basilica from your guide. Your final stop is the papal crypt—a part of the landmark most visitors don’t see. Descend into its silent depths and discover some of its most significant tombs before the tour concludes.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
Departure Time
8:15 AM
2h 30m
Return Details
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Small groups of max 15 people
  • Expert English Speaking local guide
  • Pre-reserved tickets to climb St Peter’s Basilica Dome with elevator access
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note, this tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
  • Please remember that St. Peter's Basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
  • Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the Basilica. However, large bags, pointy umbrellas and objects must be left at the bag check situated at the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica, next to the official audio-guides desk.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 29 July 2019

We had been once before to St Peters but we felt like we didn’t get enough time to just take in the place. We also felt like we didn’t know enough so we took this tour and we are so grateful we did so. The...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 28 July 2019

With Rick Steves in our ears we headed out very early and it was totally worth it. The light in the square was beautiful. But better still, we practically had the basilica to ourselves the first hour. And when we were ready for the dome...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 26 July 2019 via mobile

Our tour set off early which was nice as we avoided the crowds and queues to get in and climb the dome. Our guide was knowledgeable and we learnt a lot. But he was not very enthusiastic, and we got almost no opportunities to ask...More

1  Thank Francis H
TakeWalks, Guest Relations Manager at Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2019

Hi Francis H, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with Walks. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your tour and that it lacked the enthusiasm and intrigue that a lively guide provides. Our guides are...More

Reviewed 17 June 2019 via mobile

I picked this tour as we wanted to see more of St Peter's Basilica, and this tour did not disappoint! We were divided up into small groups, of which ours had about 8 of us with an English speaking guide who bought to life it's...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Yippee-a-Holiday
Reviewed 7 June 2019 via mobile

Our guide was terrific. Very knowledgeable and friendly. We never could have planned this on our own. Walks is a terrific value because of their guides.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Topvike
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31 August 2019|
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Response from bamitch | Reviewed this property |
Headsets are provided and we also had a small group (10) & morning tour with no crowds. Tour includes lift pass to about halfway or you can do the 532 steps from the bottom. Nice cafe on the roof with pastries & coffee which... More
16 July 2018|
Response from YolanivdW | Reviewed this property |
No, the Sistene Chapel is part of the Vatican Museum
11 June 2018|
Response from tom_perigrino | Reviewed this property |
About 2.5 hours
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