Michelangelo’s Dome & the Papal Tombs – St Peter’s Basilica Small Group Tour

Rome, Italy

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Overview

Discover the inside, outside, top, and bottom of St Peter’s Basilica on a 2.5-hour small-group guided visit. The tour goes behind the exterior and interior of the UNESCO World Heritage Site with additional visits of the dome and Papal tombs. Get an insider’s knowledge of the iconic and lesser-known artworks by Michelangelo, Bernini, and other influential artists. With maximum six participants per group, you're guaranteed an immersive and engaging tour experience.
  • Get the personalized experience of a small group
  • Gain an insider's knowledge of St Peter’s Basilica
  • Enjoy included admission to a UNESCO listed site
  • Visit the cathedral's dome and Papal tombs

Professional guide
Small Group of only 6 People
Climb to the top of the Dome!
Descend into the Papal Tombs and Crypts
Gratuities

Departure Point

Piazza Papa Pio XII, Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Itinerary
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
Your tour will begin in St Peter's square where you will meet your expert local guide and your small group of 6 people before embarking on your journey.  Then, make your way up the 281 steps to the top of Michelangelo's impressive dome which adorns the city skyline. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the city below and the gorgeous stained glass windows that casts beautiful light inside of the dome.  After enjoying the dome, make your way down to St Peter's Basilica where you can explore with your guide and learn of the history behind the largest church in the world. Adorned with artworks and architectural masterpieces from infamous artists such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Raphael, your guide will explain the history and anecdotes behind the works that added to the basilica's grandeur.  Then, you will make your way underground to the famous Papal tombs. One of the most sought out sites for Christian pilgrims from around the world, these tombs hold the relics of beloved Pope's such as John Paul II and countless other Pope's from previous centuries dating as far back as the fifth century. Learn of Pope Julius II and his extravagant plans to have an enormous tomb created for him by none other than Michelangelo. 
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual - both men and women are required to cover knees and shoulders
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation policy

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