Guided tour

Rome: Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb

Activity provider: Touriks

Rome: Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb

Activity provider: Touriks
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Discover St. Peter's Basilica on a guided tour with a professional art historian. Climb to the top of St. Peter's Dome and admire the remarkable views of Rome.

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Duration 1.5 - 2 hours
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Private or small groups available


  • Explore St. Peter's Basilica with an art historian guide
  • Climb the stairs to the top of St. Peter's Dome
  • Admire the mosaics of the Dome up close
  • Enjoy stunning views of St. Peter's Square and Rome from a height of 136 meters
  • View the Basilica's array of impressive marble, ceilings, and mosaics
Full description

Join a private or shared guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica and experience this iconic attraction. Start your tour by climbing the stairs to the top of the dome. Contemplate the interior mosaics of the dome up close while your guide shares stories about the history of this Renaissance-style church. Continue your climb to the very top of the dome and reach the viewing deck. Marvel at the striking views of St. Peter's Square and the Vatican Gardens from above. Admire Rome from a height of 136 meters, and spot the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Castel Sant'Angelo, and other historic sites. From here, descend directly into the Basilica, skipping the long lines outside. Marvel at the magnificent interior and learn why the church took 150 years to rebuild. Discover the colorful marbles, golden ceilings, and the impressive Michelangelo's Pietà.

  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica and Dome
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Entry fees to the dome by elevator
  • Sterilized headsets
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-line service
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with claustrophobia
  • People with vertigo

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Headphones
  • Reusable water bottle

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • The Dome's terrace might not be accessible during bad weather. In such cases, you can ask for a partial refund and visit the other areas, or cancel for a full refund
  • St. Peter Basilica can be subject to partial unforeseen closures due to Vatican Administration
  • 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 to 45 minutes
  • For environmental reasons, it is preferable that you bring your own headphones and do not print your voucher. The activity provider will provide headphones if you forget yours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 2417 reviews

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Our guide Angela gave us a great impression and gave us a lot of information. She puts a lot of heart and enthusiasm into it and it's just fun to listen to her. St. Peter's Basilica, as such, is of course very impressive. We would 100% recommend the activity. The ascent to the dome is exhausting. This is of course individual, but should be considered.

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January 15, 2023

Our guide Vincente was well informed. However, not every participant found his personal comments and exaggerations pleasant. We had booked the tour including a climb to the dome, but our guide did not accompany us up the dome. Up there, however, I met the guide we had at the Colosseum the day before (Angela) with her group. It was a bit annoying that we didn't get any more comments from above.

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January 13, 2023

1. We arrived late but the guide went out of his way to fit us back into the group. So excellent. 2. Guide Ferdinando's explanation is very clear. So excellent. 3. Many steps therefore the climb to the dome is physically demanding. The guide reassured and helped a lady who was almost ill and allowed her to follow the whole tour. So still excellent. 4. A piece of advice, always stay close to the group and the guide, because there are so many tours and it's easy to be divided, and interference arises between radios. In fact, the guide's voice is amplified by a portable radio.

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January 8, 2023

Product ID: 400325