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Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

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Discover the wonders of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica with a professional guide. Visit the Dome and soak up panoramic views of Rome, then go underground to admire the historic grottoes. 

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 105 minutes
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English, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Climb to the top of the Dome to admire panoramic views of Rome
  • Admire the Basilica's array of impressive marble, ceilings, and mosaics
  • Visit St. Peter’s Tomb and touch the original 4th century Basilica walls
  • Explore the underground grottoes and marvel at the ancient frescoes
  • Choose between a small group or private tour
Full description

Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square then start the tour by climbing your way to the top of the Basilica’s Dome. Enjoy an exclusive look at the Dome’s impressive mosaics then head further up to the top balcony.

From here, marvel at panoramic views across the city, spot the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and other iconic landmarks. Descend into the Basilica and admire its impressive interior and discover why it took 150 years to build.

Gaze at the colorful marble, golden ceilings, and intricate mosaics that surround you. Learn about the renowned works of Renaissance and Neoclassic artists that are housed here.  Next, head underground to the Basilica’s historic grottoes and visit St. Peter’s Tomb. Touch the ancient walls of the original 4th-century Basilica and admire its beautiful frescoes. Finish the tour in St. Peter’s Square and soak up its majestic architecture. 

Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Entry fees to the top of the Dome
  • Entrance to St Peter's tomb
  • Sterilized headsets to hear your guide better
  • One mask per person, if required
  • Use of hand sanitizer during the tour
  • Full on-site assistance
    Not suitable for
    • People with claustrophobia
    • People with vertigo
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You must fill out a travel information form
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide at Largo del Colonnato 5, by the first columns of the Colonnade. Look for a yellow label with the local partner's logo on it. Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the starting time. The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter's square. Do not go through the metal detectors before meeting the guide.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Weapons or sharp objects
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    • The Dome's terrace might not be accessible during bad weather. In that case, you can ask for a partial refund and visit the other areas, or cancel for a full refund
    • Modest clothing is required to enter the Basilica (knees and shoulders should be covered)
    • Please be aware that the lines to clear security checks at the entrance are not skippable and may take 5-45 minutes
    • You will be required to pass through metal detectors at the entrance of the square
    • The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are not part of this tour
    • The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter's square and the security checks
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 1161 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
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    • Value for money
      4.4/5

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    La nostra guida Ilenia ha reso la visita veramente piacevole. Ha dato moltissime informazioni di storia e architettura, cultura e geografia. Quando si entra in una cattedrale come S. Pietro è davvero necessario avere la guida per apprezzarne il valore. Con le code all’ingresso la visita è durata 3 ore. La vista dalla cupola di S.Pietro toglie il respiro. Eccezionale!

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    November 10, 2021

    This was a good tour, but unfortunately it felt incredibly rushed. We arrived to the meeting place and they spent half an hour sorting us into our separate language tours. The actual tour began 45 minutes late, and since it was the last tour of the day we had to hurry through the basilica. The description mentioned that we would be climbing the dome first, but our group did it last. This meant we had to skip that part in order to make our next tour. Since that was kind of the point of our paying for the tour in the first place, we were quite disappointed. I expect this would be an excellent experience first thing in the morning, but it was not great for us.

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    November 5, 2021

    It’s a good way to see some of the musts of the Vatican without wondering where exactly to go, what to see, etc. Keep in mind that this tour does the underground area that’s actually accessible to everyone and doesn’t go to the deepest level where St Peter is actually buried. That level isn’t easy to visit - only via the Vatican itself. Unfortunately, our tour that was supposed to be a small-group tour had 19 people instead of 14. No big deal but I find that the company organising the tour should indeed keep the group sizes as promised. All in all, good experience and entertaining guide Massimo who made it a more interesting visit.

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    November 3, 2021

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