Vatican Highlights Tour with St. Peter’s Dome Climb

1033 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 1033 reviews
Rating summary by category
Guide
4.7/5
Value for money
4.7/5
Latest reviews
Great
Highly Recommend this tour!! Taste Roman food as a local while enjoying the art and history of Rome! Food and wine, in a beautiful city .. what more could anyone want!
Donna · Sep 24, 2022 · South Africa · Female · 45 to 54 years
Excellent
Highly recommend this tour! Climb to the top of The Dome was worth all the steps! Incredible view. St. Peter’s Basilica is so beautiful inside and from the top. Guide was excellent and well informed. She brought The Vatican alive with her stories and relevant history.
Donna · Sep 24, 2022 · South Africa · Female · 45 to 54 years
Great
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable.
Rex · Sep 17, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
Great
Excellent tour. Wear VERY comfortable shoes and bring water and patience, because the Vatican is crowded.
Sally · Sep 17, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
Great
Our tour of St Peter’s Basilica and the dome climb were truly great experiences. Darrio, our guide was superb and his knowledge and sense of humor won the day! My 24 year old son accompanied me on this tour and he was equally pleased with our guide and the the Vatican tour. Honestly though, after the early morning at the practically empty Square, the dome climb and the amazing St Peter’s Basilica, our walk about to the crowded Vatican museums & even the Sistine chapel were a bit anticlimactic. Our excellent guide did his best to prepare & buffer us from the pushing crowds and the cranky museum guards, but really, the early part of the tour was just hard to match. Still, a worthy tour, if done early in the morning!!
Kaiara · Sep 13, 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

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.
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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