Guided tour

Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Tomb, and Dome

Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Tomb, and Dome

Activity provider: Carpe Diem Rome
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Discover a view made for the heavens from the top of ancient Rome's highest point at the St. Peter's Dome on this guided tour. Enjoy the detailed works of Michelangelo that decorate the interior of St. Peter's Basilica and visit the St. Peter's tomb.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Enjoy panoramic views from atop St. Peter's Dome
  • Visit the underground grottoes and St. Peter's tomb
  • Admire legendary artworks by Michelangelo, Bernini and Raphael
Full description
Discover the beauty of St. Peter's Basilica on this guided tour. Start with an ascent to the top of St. Peter's Dome to admire the breathtaking views of Rome and then work your way down to the underground grottoes. Following a quick security check, climb to the top of the Dome, which is the tallest point in Rome - despite being 500 years old! From atop St. Peter's Dome, lauded as the pinnacle of Renaissance architecture, enjoy panoramic views of the city below. Following St. Peter's Dome, prepare to be dazzled by the intricate levels of detail and gold displayed all over the interior of the Basilica. We will cover its construction, interior and importance in Christianity. Making sure not to miss the important pieces inside by the likes of Michelangelo, Bernini and Raphael. Finish the tour with a trip to the grottoes underneath the church and visit St. Peter's tomb. At the end of the guided tour, you are welcome to continue exploring the Basilica.
  • Entrance to Saint Peter's Dome
  • Local tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Please meet your guide in front of the large Obelisk in the middle of St Peter's Square. Please look for a yellow Carpe Diem Rome flag.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • All visitors must cover their shoulders and knees as per the Vatican city guidelines
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

based on 115 reviews

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You can’t come to Rome and not see St Peters and the Dome but be prepared for crowds. We went in April which is lower season and it’s still very busy, particularly up to the dome (which if your not mobile and somewhat claustrophobic can be an issue BTW). We did the 9am tour and the queuing to get into St Peters was manageable. A guide is definitely the best way to do this if you can afford it, Richie had huge amounts of information on the artefacts, the buildings and the people. Also helped to get the queues moving faster!

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April 29, 2022

Rich from Pittsburgh is beyond amazing. His knowledge of the system to get in while taking advantage of that down time to provide information about the Basilica was excellent. He took advantage of every opportunity to enlighten us on the history and architecture and went out of his way to ensure the group got all the knowledge he could share. I can't say enough positive things about him and this tour.

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April 13, 2022

This tour was absolutely amazing! The process was excellent, meeting point easy to find and our tour guide Senait had a lot of knowledge to add to our visit. Harry was our point of contact and was very helpful throughout. We loved it that much we have booked their Colosseum tour for tomorrow

April 1, 2022

Product ID: 401350