Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb

This tour includes tickets to access one of the best views of Vatican City

5 / 5 See All 5 Reviews · 1.5h 16 max · Vatican, Italy

If you’re looking for amazing views of Rome and the Vatican, St. Peter’s Dome is the best spot to see them. This tour offers an amazing perspective of the city as well as a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world.

Itinerary

What you will see on this tour

  • Climb St. Peter's Dome
  • Explore scenic views of Vatican City
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Michelangelo's Pietà
  • Bernini's Baldacchino

The Vatican houses many amazing sights, including St. Peter’s Basilica and its stunning dome. It can be difficult to visit this dome, especially later in the day when lines grow long, as most people visit after touring the Vatican Museums. This tour helps you avoid the lines with entry right when St. Peter’s Basilica opens so that you can see the best views in Rome without a wait. This 1.5-hour tour includes:

  • A professional English-speaking guide
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Tickets to climb St. Peter's Dome
  • A maximum group size of 16

Climb St. Peter’s Dome

To get to the first level of the dome, you have two options: you can climb the 231 steps with your guide or take an elevator. Once you reach the first level, you can see the amazing details around the dome as well as stunning views of the Vatican. From there, you’ll have the option to descend back into the Basilica, stay on the second level, or continue climbing to the top. The continued climb can be a bit claustrophobic and it is another 320 steps, but the top of the dome affords incredible views of the city, making it completely worth it.

Guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica

Your tour will end with a guided exploration of St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world—the size of two American football fields! Your guide will explain some of the amazing artwork housed within, like Michaelangelo’s La Pieta and Bernini’s Baldacchino. The church itself is stunning and you’ll have plenty of time to explore the basilica on your own after the tour concludes.

Please note: In order to enter St. Peter’s Basilica, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders, otherwise you may be refused entry. One good option during the hotter months is to bring a scarf/shawl/sweater so that you can cover up when necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

In front of St. Peter's Basilica by Bernini's North fountain

What to bring?

Sneakers, a bottle of water and a great camera!

Q: Does this tour visit the Vatican Museums?

A: This tour does not visit the Vatican Museums. However, if you're interested in touring the Vatican after your tour, consider our Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica.

Q: Does this tour run on Wednesdays?

A: This tour will not run on Wednesdays due to Papal Audience, which is held every Wednesday morning.

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8/29/2019
Catherine R
St. Peter's Basilica Dome Tour

This tour was a bit strenuous but so worth it! There were great views and we loved exploring inside the Basilica too.

8/20/2019
Ron S
Bring your camera!

Completely forgot mine. Amazing views atop the Basilica. It's definitely a climb but an amazing experience that I will remember for a long time.

8/19/2019
Krista B
Fabulous.

Thank you to our tour guide for such a great tour. Though it was a challenge, we made it up to the top and saw beautiful Rome from above. Can't wait to go back to Rome next year and do this tour again.

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