Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Visit St Peter’s Basilica, climb its dome, and see the papal crypt on this all-access tour. Starting early, you’ll see St. Peter’s Square without the large daytime crowds, then head to the top of the dome for panoramic vistas over the capital. Tour the basilica to admire Michelangelo’s ‘La Pietà’ among other highlights, then finish with a visit to the papal crypt — a site normally missed by other tour groups. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica tour including the dome and papal crypt
  • See the Swiss Guard in St. Peter’s Square without the daytime crowds
  • Walk up the steps of the dome for incredible views of Rome
  • Tour St. Peter’s Basilica and learn about its centuries-old history
  • Visit the papal crypt, and hear the stories behind the tombs
  • Enjoy a personalized, small-group tour for just 15 people

Small groups of max 15 people
Expert English Speaking local guide
Pre-reserved tickets to climb St Peter’s Basilica Dome with elevator access
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure Point

Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
First thing in the morning, head to Bar Polese, Piazza della Città Leoni, near St. Peter’s Square to meet your guide.

At this early time, you’ll stroll around St. Peter’s Square without the crowds that appear later in the day. See the Swiss Guard in their colorful attire as you make your way to the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. With your small group and guide, you’ll take the elevator to the dome’s first terrace to admire its intricate mosaics and other close-up details.

The summit of the dome sits atop of 231 steps; there’s no quick way up, but the view from the top rewards your efforts. Have your camera ready to capture a stunning panorama of Rome, stretched out from St. Peter’s Square to the Tiber River and beyond.

Make your way back down the steps, then take a tour of the basilica itself. See Bernini’s famous bronze baldachin and La Pietà, an early Michelangelo masterpiece. Rub the foot of a sacred statue for luck, and hear the history that’s steeped into the walls of the grand basilica.

Before you leave, you’ll visit the papal crypt. Discover the most significant tombs, and listen to stories about the men whose bodies were laid to rest in the crypt. Your tour finishes here.
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Pre-reserved tickets to climb St. Peter’s Basilica Dome Gape at amazing views of Rome from the top of the Dome. Enjoy a fully-guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica & Square Descend into the Papal Crypt for a rare guided tour
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
Your tour starts early, before the crowds arrive. After exploring St Peter’s Square and seeing the Swiss Guard
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

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