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St. Peter’s Basilica from Top to Bottom with Dome Climb & Crypt

St. Peter’s Basilica from Top to Bottom with Dome Climb & Crypt

comment A comprehensive tour with a small group of 15 or fewer

Ticket Details

Ticket Details

  • Pre-reserved tickets to climb St Peter’s Basilica Dome with elevator access
  • Enjoy a fully-guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica & Square
  • Descend into the Papal Crypt for a rare guided tour
  • Gape at amazing views of Rome from the top of the Dome
  • Small groups of max 15 people
  • Expert local guide

Full details

Climb St. Peter’s Basilica Dome!

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 will avoid long lines to climb up into the titanic dome early in the morning, and gape at the amazing views of Rome.

Our guide to St. Peter’s Basilica from Top to Bottom with Dome Climb & Crypt

St. Peter’s Basilica is the most important church in Christendom and this is the most complete tour of the Basilica available. From the heights of the immense dome to the depths of the Papal Crypt and all the fantastic art in between, you will explore every corner of this amazing church and come away in even more awe of it’s grandeur than when you started.

Your tour starts early, before the crowds arrive. After exploring St Peter’s Square and seeing the Swiss Guard, you will head for St. Peter’s Basilica dome. You and your intimate group of 15 people or fewer will take the special elevator to the first terrace of the Dome to admire the beautiful mosaics up close as your guide points out details you might otherwise miss.

To reach the top of the dome you have to climb 231 steps (there’s no elevator) but the view alone is worth the effort. In fact, it’s the single best view of Rome,  stretching from St Peter’s Square across the Tiber and beyond.

When you come down from the dome your expert guide will lead you on a full tour of the Basilica, from Bernini’s colossal baldachin to Michelangelo’s heart-wrenching Pietá. You will also discover the small details, stories, history and lore that are packed into every nook and cranny of this nearly 400-year-old building, including why everyone is so intent on rubbing the foot of a certain statue.

Finally your tour will include a rare visit to the Papal Crypt where your guide will point out the most significant tombs. It’s forbidden to speak inside the Crypt (it’s a sacred site) but before you enter, your guide will tell you the stories of the men buried in them.

Departure Location: Please meet your guide in front of 'Bar Leonina', in Piazza Citta' Leonina, just outside St. Peter's Square.

Departs: Varies, please see calendar.

Check in Time: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.

Duration: Around 2 hours 30 minutes

Hotel Pick Up: No.

Start Times: 8.15am


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Frequently Asked Questions for St. Peter’s Basilica from Top to Bottom with Dome Climb & Crypt

Does St. Peter's Basilica have a dress code?

Yes, although you aren't expected to dress as formally as if you were attending a mass. Unless you actually are attending a mass. The most important rule is NO SHORTS, that applies to both men and women. Shoulders must also be covered, so no tank tops. Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside but large bags have to be checked at the entrance, next to the official audio-guides desk.

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