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Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt

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St. Peter’s Basilica is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest and most famous churches. On this small-group tour of the landmark, you’ll beat the crowds and enjoy guaranteed admission to its lofty dome, as well as the papal crypt—a side of the basilica that most visitors miss. Learn about the history of this icon, and see the Renaissance–era masterpieces hidden inside its walls.
You'll start at
Piazza della Città Leonina
Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Roma RM, ItalyIn front of 'Bar Leonina', in Piazza Citta' Leonina, just outside St. Peter's Square.
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    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    St. Peter's Square
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
St. Peter's Basilica
Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican CityOn St. Peter's terrace
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  • A small-group tour makes for a personal way to discover this landmark
  • Enjoy guaranteed admission to the basilica’s soaring dome
  • Explore the papal crypt, which most tour groups miss
  • See the church’s famous masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s Pietà
What to Expect
Meet your guide at a convenient location just outside of St. Peter’s Square. In order to beat the crowds, and make the most of this world-famous landmark before long lines form, the tour kicks off in the early morning. See the Swiss Guard in St. Peter’s Square before entering the basilica. With just a small group for company, you’re promised an intimate way of discovering the church. Your first stop is the basilica’s soaring dome, to which you have guaranteed admission. Board an elevator to its first viewing platform before walking up several hundred stairs to its summit, which offers panoramic views overlooking the city. Next, you’ll return to ground level and will discover some of the artistic masterpieces hidden within the church, including Bernini’s bronze altar and Michelangelo’s Pietà. Learn more of the stories and history behind St. Peter's Basilica from your guide. Your final stop is the papal crypt—a part of the landmark most visitors don’t see. Descend into its silent depths and discover some of its most significant tombs before the tour concludes.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
2h 30m
Return Details
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Small groups of max 15 people
  • Expert English Speaking local guide
  • Pre-reserved tickets to climb St Peter’s Basilica Dome with elevator access
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Square
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note, this tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
  • Please remember that St. Peter's Basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
  • Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the Basilica. However, large bags, pointy umbrellas and objects must be left at the bag check situated at the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica, next to the official audio-guides desk.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
About the operator
By: Walks of Italy
Alina S
Greater London, United Kingdom
Best tourguide in Rome
Our tour guide was Fabio - very charismatic gay with a good sense of humour. He gave to us information in a very
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Alina S
Greater London, United Kingdom
Wonderful Rome and great tour
I really enjoyed the tour with Maddalena! She managed to make it easy, funny and interesting! All information was
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Manassas, Virginia
A Terrific Experience
Raffaella led our pasta-making class, and it was really terrific. She was so funny and friendly and imparted a
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Great guide!
Guido our guide was fantastic. Funny, informative and kept the group organised throughout whilst allowing time to
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Incredible tour with a fantastic guide!
We absolutely loved this tour, we would do it all over again tomorrow! Our guide was fantastic, he kept us engaged
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Unexpected hi light and quite moving!
I am so glad I booked this tour. It’s lesser known but really adds depth to your understanding of the city and the
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Maynard, Massachusetts
Pristine Sistine: No Regrets!!!
Burcu, or just Boo was our tour guide. Well worth setting the alarm clock early to have such a well organized and
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Sydney, Australia
Outstanding tourguide and tour
Felix, our tour guide, was exceptional. Very intelligent and passionate about making his information easy to
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Eugenia C
Colosseum Tour
Ana was a wonderful & articulate guide. Very informative & comprehensive tour—she provided us with a great tour
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Sabrina P
Jefferson, New Jersey
Loved this trip!
Popmpeii was very cool to see we even got to go inside a never before seen home, opened it up just for our group
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