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

372 reviews

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
  • 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

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Verified Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.8 /5
based on 372 reviews
Rating summary by category
Guide
4.8/5
Value for money
4.7/5
Latest reviews
Excellent
Luca was an amazing guide. Loved his humor and knowledge. Best tour in Rome!
Jonathan · Sep 26, 2022 · United States · Male · 55 to 64 years
Good
Was disappointed we were not able to do 50% of our tour because the crypts were closed. Should receive a partial refund. If you are claustrophobic do not do the dome climb. Tour guide Lara was excellent.
Chris · Sep 25, 2022 · Male · 45 to 54 years
Excellent
Excellent tour, we were the first group to enter St Peter’s Basilica—no line!
Sandra · Sep 25, 2022 · United States · Female · 65 to 74 years
Excellent
Julietta was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable and friendly.
Edmund · Sep 24, 2022 · United States · Male · 25 to 34 years
Excellent
Wonderful experience, and Julietta was funny, informative, and helpful as a guide.
Louis · Sep 24, 2022 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 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.

FAQs

Can I use a wheelchair on this tour?
Yes! However please be aware that guides can not push wheelchairs so do ensure that you can operate your own chair or have someone to operate it for you.
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.

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