Vatican Highlights Tour with St. Peter’s Dome Climb

1044 reviews

5 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?

Highlights

  • See St. Peter's, climb the dome, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel all in one morning
  • Take the St. Peter's Dome elevator up the first 320 steps to the terraces
  • Visit the Vatican Museums with skip-the-line acess
  • Savour the splendor of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, Bernini's Baldachin, and the Pieta
  • Enjoy one of the best views in Rome from the St. Peter's cupola
  • Sites Visited
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Dome of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Michelangelo's Pieta
  • Bernini's Baldachin
  • St. Peter's Square
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Belvedere Courtyard with Ancient Greek & Roman sculptures
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip-the-line Vatican Museums tickets
  • Pre-reserved St. Peter’s Basilica tickets
  • Elevator access to St. Peter's Basilica Dome terrace
  • Expert Walks tour guide
  • Headsets

Take it easy on our skip the line 2.5 hour Vatican tour

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Verified Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7 /5
based on 1044 reviews
Rating summary by category
Guide
4.7/5
Value for money
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Latest reviews
Excellent
Our tour was exceptional. Our guide was engaging, humorous and well informed. Our group wished that the tour could have lasted longer.
Michael · Oct 04, 2022 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 years
Excellent
Our tour guide was fabulous. Informative, engaging, humorous. It was so good that the group wished it could have lasted longer.
Michael · Oct 04, 2022 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 years
Excellent
Absolutely loved the tour..Our guide was fantastic..So informative caring and enthusiastic.
Angela · Oct 04, 2022 · New Zealand · Female · 55 to 64 years
Great
We did the English tour in early October and were not disappointed. Being our first trip to the Vatican we gained so much insight and our guide Siri was wonderful! The dome climb is well worth it for the view. While the tour through the museums moves fairly quickly we were completely exhausted by the end as there is just so much ground to cover & large crowds. Overall would highly recommend. We learned so much and the Vatican has so much history and beauty!
Delilah · Oct 04, 2022 · United States · Female · 25 to 34 years
Excellent
Emma was the best! Knowledgeable, entertaining, and very personable. Did a great job keeping the group together and let everyone know what to expect. Recommend to all.
Elizabeth · Sep 30, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point

Piazza della Città Leonina, 5 (Caffè Leonina). Please meet your guide in front of the cafe. The closest metro stop is Ottaviano

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

FAQs

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.
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 available date or give you credit for another tour anywhere else in the world.
I am in a wheelchair/have a mobility impairment. Can I take this tour?
The Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, but they are not located on the group tour route. If you have a mobility impairment and/or use a wheelchair please contact our customer service department at [email protected] and we will be happy to work out a suitable alternative.
I want to take a selfie in the Raphael Rooms, can I bring my selfie stick?
No. Selfie sticks are strictly forbidden inside the Vatican Museums, along with flash photography. However, visitors are allowed to take non-flash photographs anywhere besides the Sistine Chapel.
What items can I NOT take into the Vatican Museums
Knives, scissors, and other cutting tools must also be deposited in the cloakroom as a precaution against harming the artwork inside. No hammers, either, as one was once used to smash Michelangelo's Pietá. This probably goes without saying, but firearms are also strictly prohibited for visitors within the Vatican Museums and you can't check them in the cloakroom.
I've heard the Vatican has a strict dress code. What should I wear?
It does, but it isn't anything too formal. The big rule is to make sure your shoulders and knees are covered - that applies to both men and women. Also remember that shorts of any length are not allowed at all in St. Peter's Basilica so if you are visiting both the Vatican Musuems and the Basilica, wear trousers or a long skirt. Occasionally visitors get away with wearing a bit less but it’s best not to risk it. Hats are also not allowed. Walks cannot be held responsible for guests who are refused entrance due to inappropriate dress so please remember to cover up.
IMPORTANT: Can I bring a bag into the Vatican Museums?
Yes, as long as it's within a certain size. You cannot bring any bag, backpack suitcase or container larger that 40cm x 35cm x 15cm into the Vatican Museums. In fact, size limits apply to all items; because of the sheer number of people that visit the Museums, space is at a premium. You can’t enter with medium to large umbrellas, any umbrellas with spiked tips, camera tripods, signage (apart from signs used by certified guides) or walking sticks – except those required by disabled visitors. All of these items can be left in the cloakroom, which is located at the entrance to the Museums. This means that you will need to walk 15 - 20 minutes back here after you finish your tour at St Peter's Basilica. On our afternoon tours you may need to leave the tour early to collect your bag before the cloakroom closes.
Why can't I take photos inside the Sistine Chapel?
When the chapel was restored in 1990 the biggest donors to the project (donating a whopping $4.2 million) were a Japanese television network. In return, they received exclusive rights to photograph and film inside and quickly banned any professional photographers from taking pictures. Although they didn't mind if tourists took photos, the Vatican guards decided to enforce the rule on everyone because it was impractical to differentiate between a normal visitor and who was a professional photographer. The Japanese network's exclusive contract has expired now but the rule persists. If you try to take any images in the Chapel Vatican, security is authorized to make you delete them.

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