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Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
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icon1 hour 45 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 9 more

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Enjoy a rare bird’s-eye view over Rome with this tour of St. Peter’s Basilica that includes a climb to the top of its dome. Visit St. Peter’s Square and church with an art historian guide to marvel at its Renaissance art and architecture. Then head underground to see the grottoes and St. Peter's tomb before climbing the dome to admire the church interiors and the surrounding city from above.
  • A complete St. Peter’s Basilica tour from underground grottoes to dome top
  • A guide for insights into the art and architecture of the square and church
  • Tickets to the top of the dome included
  • Headsets to follow the guide’s commentary inside and outside the basilica
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Professional art-historian guide
Entry fees to the top of the Dome
Guided tour of St. Peter Dome
Thorough guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
Sterilized headsets to hear clearly your guide
Full on-site assistance
The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are not part of this tour
Largo del Colonnato, 5 , Largo del Colonnato, 5, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Meet your guide at Largo del Colonnato, 5, by the first columns of the Colonnade. Look for a yellow label with TOURIKS written on it. Please be at the meeting point 20 minutes before the starting time. The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter's square.

Saint Peter's Square , Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • The dome's terrace might not be accessible during bad weather conditions. In that case, you can either ask for a partial refund and visit the Basilica and the grottoes or decide to cancel the tour for a full refund
  • An appropriate dress-code is required in order to enter the churches: knees and shoulders should be covered
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes: a moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Please be aware that the lines to clear security checks at the entrance of the square might take 15-90 minutes
  • Please note that you will be required to pass through metal detectors at the entrance of the square
  • The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter's square and the security checks
  • The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are not part of this tour
  • The Vatican Necropoli is not part of this tour
  • We might not be able to accommodate, refund or reschedule late arrivals
  • Not recommended for travellers with claustrophobia
  • Not recommended for travellers with vertigo
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY TOURIKS
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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star-5
Great tour guide!
Sarah_F
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. He knew a lot about the architecture of St Peter’s and was able to highlight all of the major things to see. I would definitely recommend this tour to others.
star-5
Good tour
Terence_Y
, Jun 2022
The tour guide was informative. We covered the whole basilica. The dome climb was great. Would highly recommend.
star-4
Not to be missed
Nitin_K
, Jun 2022
A good 3 hrs tour but exhausting…. Lots of walking and climbing the stairs…. Our guide Zoye or Zoya was really good and kept on speaking about the basilica.. but because of the hot weather it became tiresome after a certain time .
star-5
Highly recommend
Lorena_G
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. She was never in a hurry and had a lot of patience.!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Grottos were fascinating...
Susana_V
, Jun 2022
Grottos were fascinating and once your outside the dome the views are amazing. Make sure you are wearing the proper clothes and shoes.
star-5
551 steps to the top
Fumiko_M
, Jun 2022
This is a MUST visit if you are coming to Rome. Only negative is that you need to have good knees to do this duomo clime. My 70 year old mother made it to the top but it was a bit of a struggle. Total of 551 steps which 320 can be done via elevator but the rest of the way up and down is a very hard climb. It's very narrow and small steps - makes it hard to stop to let people through. There are small window steps you can rest, but it's not an easy climb for someone who may have knee issues. Young children and adults were just fine and the view of Rome from the top of Duomo is breathtaking!
star-5
A significant lesson in history
Barend_B
, Jun 2022
Our guide was brilliant. She introduced us to the most important parts of the site and all its major ‘attractions’. We learned details about the better known statues and paintings and significant places, and of course people. She also could answer ‘content questions’ on the reasoning of painters and priests and historical moments of the Vatican, and based on details she offered about the current programs of the Vatican, we attended mass with the pope. Our guide as much as the site highlights made this a memorable tour. Recommended.
star-5
Really enjoyed the...
Nathan_K
, Jun 2022
Really enjoyed the conversation in the square prior to getting into the basilica. The actual inside of the basilica itself then was something to behold
star-5
Breathtaking experience
John_H
, Jun 2022
It was an excellent tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. It was breathtaking and pictures can’t do it justice.
star-5
Best view of Rome
Rosa_B
, Jun 2022
Visiting the Basilica was incredible To see the resting place of Saint Peter was very moving and all the beautiful mosaics and artwork. Highly recommend to take the tour of the Domo. The views from the top are the best of Rome
star-5
Great tour guide
Darcy_M
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Barbara was fantastic. She kept a great pace, not rushing us but the tour didn’t drag as some can. Interesting information and she was very kind. The dome climb had a longer line than expected—it seems there was some unusual circumstance—and we bailed because the other people in line were quite pushy. Barbara firmly held our group’s place, though, and was understanding when we left early. I recommend this tour even without the dome climb!
star-5
Incredible experience!
Michele_B
, Jun 2022
Our guide was very informative, patient, and flexible. She gave all the insight to help us feel the history.
star-5
Great experience
Doulla_P
, Jun 2022
A great tour by Rise who was our guide for the afternoon. She was very knowledgable and enthusiastic and made the tour a memorable one. Would highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A great way to tour the Vatican!
Peter_J
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Andrea, was great and very knowledgeable in telling us everything about our this tour at the Vatican. I highly recommend this tour group since it only had 8 folks in the tour.
star-3
Not better then do - it - yourself
Troy_W
, Jun 2022
No advantage in taking a guided tour of the dome over just buying your own ticket. Much of the tour duplicates what’s covered in a Vatican museum tour - if you take a Vatican museum tour, just hop in the dome line at the end of the crypt and do it yourself.
star-2
Waste of time
Su_W
, Jun 2022
Our guide made the tour a misery. No disrespect to her but we couldn't understand a word she said and we weren't the only ones. She was too quiet and her accent too strong for anyone to understand what she was saying plus she had her mask on even though nearly every other tour guide and visitor didn't. An absolute waste of our money and time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your feedback and we are so sorry that this experience did not meet your expectations. Please contact us at info@touriks.com or call our team at +39 06 3105 4174. We need to have more details in order to understand who was your guide for this tour and prevent such experiences from happening in the future. Either your name or your booking reference would be sufficient for us to identify the guide. Thanks again
star-5
Sonia helped make the beautiful even more sublime!
Robert_G
, Jun 2022
Breathtaking! Not enough words to describe beauty of St. Peter's! Our tour guide Sonia made this an even more memorable experience. She was very pleasant and informative with a great sense of humor. Bob
star-5
Great tour and very interesting
PATRICIA_H
, Jun 2022
Learning all of the history behind basillica our tour guide andreas made it very interesting and was great answering any questions made the tour
star-3
Needs more improvements
Sachin_P
, Jun 2022
This could be better designed as it was €49 person as most of the money was for the guide , they could be more details and drama to wow the group
star-5
St. Peter’s Up Close! Wonderful!
pagal1778
, Jun 2022
Visiting such a magnificent basilica would have been overwhelming if it hadn’t been for our small group tour. Our guide was extremely pleasant, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I appreciated that we weren’t rushed through the different areas and, even though I chose not to climb to the top of the dome, the view from the terrace was unforgettable. Love the small 8 people tours and I highly recommend this one!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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