Vatican Highlights Tour with St. Peter’s Dome Climb

1013 reviews

5 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?


  • 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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4.7 /5
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This was one of the only tours that goes to both the St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums. The tour was good in that it allowed us to see both in one day. However, the tour was a bit rushed as we only got 20 minutes to explore on our own inside the St. Peter's Basilica. Our tour guide was very knowledgable but she wasn't allowed to take us as a group inside the St. Peter's Basilica, so she gave us a bit of info on the history and highlights before we went in to explore on our own. If you want to see everything in one tour/one day, this tour is perfect but if you want more time at the basilica, this tour will probably leave you in wanting.
Sunny Yat Sing · Jul 29, 2022 · Canada · Male · 35 to 44 years
Our tour guide MADE the tour. You expect awesome sites when visiting the Vatican, but to have someone so very passionate about everything Vatican was what my wife and I believe to have created such lasting memories. Thank you.
David · Jul 28, 2022 · United States · Male · 55 to 64 years
Maddalena was an amazing your guide and did a wonderful job. She shared information with us and answered my questions when she could.
Cameron · Jul 23, 2022 · United States · Male · 35 to 44 years
We took 2 tours with this company and both were excellent. The Vatican tour was amazing and our tour guide was knowledgeable, interesting, and able to get our group in to see items without a lot of interference. She was able to explain religious significance and historical significance in a neutral yet super interesting way. The same was also true for the Colisseum, Forum Palentine Hill tour. The tour guide was excellent, interesting, knowledgeable and great at maneuvering our group where we needed to go. We had to change up a tour and the guest services made it easy and was so helpful. This is an excellent company.
Sherilyn · Jul 12, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
Our Vatican walking tour with our guide Sev was incredible. Sev was extremely knowledgeable on the Vatican and Rome as a whole and made our experience. We learned so much, and this tour was one of the highlights of our entire trip to Italy.
Morgan · Jul 12, 2022 · United States · Female · 18 to 24 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.


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.
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 wheelchair please contact our customer service department and we will be happy to design a private tour for you. [email protected] We can then work out a suitable alternative.
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.
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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