St. Peter’s Basilica Dome Climbing Experience with Optional to Papal Crypts

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
    
icon45 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Overview

Climb to the top of the highest point in the Vatican City, the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, and get panoramic views over historic Rome and the Vatican state from this Renaissance masterpiece. Along with getting fast access inside the basilica after your solo ascent, you can also choose to upgrade your experience and explore the basilica treasures and the Vatican Crypts with your expert English-speaking guide.

Entrance into St. Peter’s Dome
Entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica
Optional entrance into Crypts with Pope’s tombs (only when option is selected)
Informative leaflet about Basilica and Dome
Expert, English-speaking tour guide
Headsets when appropriate
Small groups of 25 people or less
Food/Beverage
Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Departure Point

Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

8:10 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Itinerary
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
The welcoming arms of St. Peter’s Square is where you’ll meet your expert English-speaking guide for the climb to the highest point in the Vatican. To get started, they will take you by elevator up to the balcony viewing platform inside the majestic dome. Once there, they will show you Michelangelo’s windows that circle you, Bernini’s bronze canopy that was built to protect the altar and the mosaics which give the dome it’s signature blue and gold colors. Your guide will leave you at the spiral staircase where you start your approach to the top viewing platform on the dome. From here, you climb at your own pace up the 320 steps. When you reach the top, you’ll be standing on the highest point in Vatican City. At 448 feet above the ground, the panorama is incredible with views of the Vatican Gardens and St. Peter’s Square below. You’ll also see as far as the Colosseum and the Pantheon in historic Rome, so have your camera ready. One of the advantages of climbing inside the dome is that it allows you to descend right into the basilica. You can ignore all those lines that are waiting to get inside the basilica. You can go straight in by following the stairs down. If you want, you can then spend the rest of your time exploring the vast church (on your own) in search of treasures like Michelangelo’s Pietá. For a more extensive experience, you can upgrade for the complete tour of the church and exploration of the crypts to view the silent tombs of the popes in the holiest pilgrimage site of the Vatican.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Grottoes
For a more extensive experience, you can upgrade for the complete tour of the church and exploration of the crypts to view the silent tombs of the popes in the holiest pilgrimage site of the Vatican.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia and/or vertigo
  • The dome’s elevator only takes you to the first terrace. In order to climb to the top of the dome you will have to use stairs (320 steps).
  • We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
  • Only small bags are allowed
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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