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

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2.5 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?

Highlights

  • 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

Covid 19 Guidelines

At Walks we take your health and the health of our community seriously. We would like to remind you that this country is updating its COVID regulations. Please visit here to find and follow local regulations.

  • Walks has been certified by SanseeShield.com an award distributed to businesses with a proven dedication to excellence in safety
  • Due to Covid-19, your tour may be amended to ensure safety and wellbeing

Take the time to explore the most magnificent Basilica in Rome

  • 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
Inside St Peter's BasilicaDesigned by Bernini, the altar at St Peter's Basilica is larger than lifeThe statues of the roof on St. Peter's BasilicaBernini's famous colonnade in St. Peter's squareThe nave of St. Peter's Basilica featuring Bernini's BaldachinSeeing St. Peter's Basilica in the morning light is an experience like none other. You can't beat the view from the top of the St. Peter's BasilicaWhen you get into St. Peter's be prepared to spend a lot of time looking up. Even if its crowded, St. Peter's rarely feels crowded. Bernini's Baldachin is one of the highlights of St. Peter's Basilica. St. Peter's Square is just as monolithic as the the Basilica. The nave of St. Peter's Basilica featuring Bernini's BaldachinSt. Peter's BasilicaInside St Peter's Basilica
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Latest Reviews

We had the most perfect tour ever which was only possible because of our lovely and passionate guide who had a super wide as well as deep knowledge. We booked walks before and we surely will again.

round 2 with Davide was even better than the first! he is so knowledgeable and conveyed the information in a very accessible way. he also answered all of our questions (however ridiculous) and we truly walked away from this tour (and the colosseum one) feeling like we got everything and then some out of the day. we hope Davide will visit new york city and let us tour him around!


FAQ

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.
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.
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.
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.

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