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

350 reviews

2.5 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?


  • Discover St. Peter's Basilica in its full glory with our most comprehensive tour
  • Avoid waiting for hours in line with early entry
  • Climb (or walk!) to the top of the dome and see one of the best views of Rome
  • Experience the magnificence without the crowds with an early start time
  • Sites Visited
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • St. Peter's Square
  • Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Crypt of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Tour Includes
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Skip the line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Pre-reserved ticket to St. Peter’s Basilica dome (with elevator access)
  • Headset

Take the time to explore the most magnificent Basilica in Rome


Verified Customer Reviews

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Latest reviews
Tour guide was excellent. Multiple tours checking in in front of cafe. They could not handle it properly. Tall thin blonde was outright rude.
Anita · Aug 09, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
Tour guide made a big difference. Our tour guide gave a lot of background information and pointed us what to look for. It made the visit a lot more interesting and educational.
Horng · Jul 14, 2022 · United States · Male · 55 to 64 years
While in Italy we took 6 tours with Walks of Italy and absolutely loved every one of them. This one was no exception. Taking the tours gave us so much information and history that we never would've gotten had we gone on our own. Just take the tour!!! It is worth every penny!
Kim · Jul 08, 2022 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years
Let me start by saying that our tour guide was very professional, engaging, and knowledgeable. We enjoyed our morning with her. However, we found this tour a bit of a letdown overall for a few reasons. One, all of the information was very cursory - we probably could have learned more about St. Peter’s from reading a brief article of basic facts before entering. Part of this also was because almost 70% of the tour focused on climbing the dome and waiting in line to do so. Overall, I do wish I had saved us the money and just read the Wikipedia page on our way over.
Sarah · Jul 07, 2022 · United States · 25 to 34 years
Highly recommend the St Peter’s tour including the climb to the top of the dome and visit to the crypt. I have visited the basilica on my own before but did not see these two areas, and this added a lot to our experience. Our tour guide was excellent. Note that the climb is a lot of steps, although we took the elevator for part of it.
Kim · Jul 04, 2022 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point

This tour meets in front of 'Bar Leonina', in Piazza Citta' Leonina, just outside St. Peter's Square. Take the Red Line metro and get off at the "Ottaviano/San Pietro" stop. Exit to the street level and walk down Via Ottaviano, cross straight through Piazza Risorgimento, and proceed on Via di Porta Angelica. At the end of Via di Porta Angelica you will see two arches ("Il Passetto"), which would lead you into St. Peter's Square. Your tour meeting point is located to your left, just before these two arches, in front of 'Bar Leoninae' (in Piazza Citta' Leonina).

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.


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.
Is there elevator access to the dome of St. Peter's Basilica
The elevator up St. Peter's dome only goes as far as the first level, to the mosaics. After that, the only way to get to the top is to walk up the 281 steps.
Does this tour visit the Vatican "Scavi" including the tomb of St. Peter?
No. The Papal Crypt and the "Scavi" are different sites. In order to visit the latter you have to make special arrangements with the Vatican.
I'd like to climb to the top of the Dome of St. Peter's. Anything I should know?
The St. Peter's Dome climb requires separate tickets, one allows you to take the elevator up part of the way then climb a further 320 steps, while another permits you to climb the entire 551 steps. Either way the view from the top is worth it!
Is there a long line to enter St. Peter's Basilica?
On our exclusive tours of St. Peter's we avoid standing in the notoriously long line by showing up early. It’s amazing how few people are able to get out of bed in time to be there when the doors open. Even in the height of summer, you can miss the worst of the line by simply sucking it up and getting an early start. Aside from getting there early there is no way to skip the line. In high season (May – September) it can stretch over 2 hours and even in the low season it might reach an hour. The only other alternative is to take a certified Vatican Museums tour with a certified tour group – there is a passageway that runs from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s that is specially reserved for tour groups. Currently, it is the only way to circumvent the line at the entrance to the Basilica.
Can I use a wheelchair on this tour?
Yes, but we require advance notice in order to accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. After booking, please contact us so that we can organize a private tour for you. If we cannot find a guide to lead you that day we'll offer you the same tour on the next avaialbe date or give you credit for another tour anywhere else in the world.

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