Guided tour

Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

Activity provider: When In Rome Tours
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From US$ 110 per person

Begin your day at the Vatican at the top of St. Peter's Basilica before touring the church itself. Then visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on this exciting morning Vatican City experience.

About this activity

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Duration 2 - 5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Italian


  • Climb to the top of Michelangelo's Cupola
  • Have a fully guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Benefit from access to the Papal Crypts and Catacombs
  • Get into the Vatican Museums fast with a priority access ticket
  • Enjoy an immersive Sistine Chapel experience
Full description

Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square - a quick ascension by elevator later will carry you up to the top of the dome from where you can see all of Rome and far beyond Rome too. The views are absolutely spectacular. Back on terra firma you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this in itself is rare as most other Rome tour operators do not include it in their Vatican tours. Take a break before making the short walk to the comfortable customer center ahead of your second tour to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

Genuine skip-the-line access means that you will be fast tracked to the artistic and archaeological masterpieces which make the Vatican Museums absolutely must-sees when in Rome.

  • St. Peter's Basilica dome climb ticket
  • Elevator ride part way to the summit
  • Expert licensed St. Peter's Basilica tour guide
  • Faster than fastest track Vatican Museums entrance
  • Expert licensed Vatican Museums guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • There is a strict dress code at the Vatican. Shoulders and knees must be covered for both women and men
  • On the days immediately surrounding religious holidays at the Vatican, alterations to tours may be necessary due to partial closings of areas normally included in this tour. In the event the Papal Tombs underneath Saint Peter's Basilica should be closed, the tour of the Basilica itself is extended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 183 reviews

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This was money well spent. We got to visit all the most important places and learned interesting facts. We absolutely LOVED our tour guide Massimo. We learned so much in the 5 hours we spent together. He was so knowledgeable, very funny and entertaining. He was also a very considerate guide, alway making sure everyone was comfortable. I’m sad our tour had to end. I will recommend this tour to all my friends and make sure to mention Massimo. Nick and Stephanie from Canada

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May 21, 2022

Wonderful way to experience the Vatican. Early start meant you missed the queues. Marianne had great knowledge and passion and made the tour truely fascinating. Well worth the price. Incredible sculptures inside St. Peter’s. Climb up the dome well worth doing, the views are amazing, both inside and outside. Nice amount of free time in between St. Peter’s and the Museum tour to refuel, send a postcard, shop etc. Museums are vast so guided tour meant the highlights were pointed out. You’d be days doing it yourself. Sistene Chapel is spectacular. Get a good nights sleep before - you’ll need all your energy!

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March 27, 2022

Fabulous tour with 'When in Rome' guide Massimo who was not only very well informed but also entertaining. Would highly recommend the full tour as the Vatican museums are a real treasure trove, and includes entry to the sistine chapel. Thought the climb up the dome would be the highlight, but the whole tour was brilliant.

March 18, 2022

Product ID: 292010