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Early Access VIP Guided Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica with Dome Climb and Papal Tombs

Created with Sketch. Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
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Duration

Flexible

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

10 Maximum people

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Languages

English, Spanish

Availability: Everyday except Sunday and Wednesday
Meeting Time: 20 minutes before the tour start time
Meeting Place: Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM
Start Time: 8:00 AM

Overview

Leave the crowds behind and admire the intense beauty of Saint Peter’s Basilica, located at the heart of the Vatican. Saint Peter’s Basilica, which is one of the largest churches in the world is also one of the holiest places for Christians. So, there’s no surprise that thousands of people flock to the Vatican to experience the wonders of St. Peter’s Basilica.

With fast-track access, you can comfortably pass long queues and get straight to the most admired shrines of Christianity. The elevator will carry you to the Dome’s first terrace where you will be surrounded by the beautiful artworks there. Climb up 231 steps to the top of the dome, and you will be awestruck by the best views you can get of the city of Rome- from the square below all the way across the river Tiber.

Explore the ravishing interior of Sistine Chapel and Papal Sarcophagi once your visit to the top of the dome ends. Get astonished by the work of Michelangelo and Bernini, while your expert guide serves you some very important facts and history about the masterpieces.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Get a dedicated entry and enjoy more time at St. Peter's Basilica, the Pope's home church (it's also one of the biggest churches in the world!).
  • Explore from floor to dome, Pietá to baldachin, and everywhere in between
  • Watch the Swiss Guards in St. Peter’s Square in absence of large daytime crowds.
  • Learn how Michelangelo pioneered as the only person who crowned St. Peter's Basilica in the most perfect way.
  • Get an up-close look at the stunning mosaics and stucco embellishments inside the dome
  • Explore the side chapels and the hidden crypts
  • For anyone who loves, art, architecture, and amazing churches this is a unique experience that will be the highlight of your vacation
  • Your guide will tell you all about the history of the area, the modern-day Vatican, and the architecture of this epic church
  • Enjoy St. Peter's Basilica with full freedom to explore at the pace you desire.

Included/Exclude

  • St. Peter’s Basilica tickets
  • Pre-reserved tickets to climb the dome at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Tour Guide
  • Hotel Pickup and Drop-off
  • Gratuities

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women to enter the venues
The sites are not wheelchair accessible
All tourists are required to show a valid photo ID to enter (student's ID, Driver License, Passport or State ID all work)
Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the basilica, Large bags and objects must be left at the bag checking area at the entrance
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
It is forbidden to speak inside the crypt
Check-in is 20 minutes before the booked start time
Children aged 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult
To qualify for the Student Discount: You must be under 26 years and you will be required to show a valid Student ID during the time of entrance
Please note that St. Peter's Basilica is closed at Easter, on December 24 and 31 and other religious holidays
The Basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior notice for religious events, if this occurs, you will be offered an alternate date
Reservations neither can be modified nor can be cancelled once confirmed.

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Marcel Harris

24/08/2020

The view was everything. Just do this tour!

Climbing up the Dome was a great attraction and one of the best things to do on this tour. We climbed the complete 551 steps, although we used the elevator for the first ones. The view was a justification for every drop of sweat we produced. We also had the opportunity to see some Swiss guards in their interesting uniforms. A really great tour and definitely recommendable.
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Nelson Lupo

16/07/2020

You have to enjoy the view from the top!

There is no wonder that thousands of people gather to experience the wonders of St. Peter’s Basilica as it’s one of the most magnificent churches in the world. We didn't want to deal with huge crowds so we did this early-access guided tour. The tour began early when there were fewer crowds to get through. We climbed up the top of the dome, and we were awestruck by the most excellent views from the dome. The landscapes from the dome were very pretty and it gave us an immeasurable panorama of the Vatican as a whole.
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breckenlow

31/12/2019

Don’t miss it!

The tour was unquestionably phenomenal and surpassed all expectations. Entering the basilica was breathtaking, and climbing was a dome offered once in a lifetime view. The great architecture, renaissance, and baroque art all are mind-blowing. Seeing Rome spread out all around from the top of the dome was amazing. We met a delightful lady called Laura who was our guide. Excellent personality and enthusiastic about history. Great tour.
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wildertalbot

28/12/2019

What a view! Unbelievable!

This was a great tour. We learned to such an extent. The guide was so learned, accommodating, and aware of our needs. The views from the dome were mind-blowing. The climb to the dome was incredible. It can be a little scary at times if you don't love heights. It was more than worth it once we saw the view from the top. I highly recommend making this tour. This was a marvelous experience.
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Kellan

07/12/2019

Perfect Basilica Tour

Once again splendid arrangement from this tour agent. This was my 2nd tour with them. Every tour has had experienced guides and the fulfillment of the tour was even more than expected. They splash all of their enthusiasm and hard work into ensuring that each one of our members has an outstanding experience with them. We were thrilled that we had some excellent times at St. Peter's Basilica with our guide.
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Tomas Glaser

20/11/2019

Great company for a guided tour

The tour was astounding. We were greeted by a professional guide. He was absolutely the best I have experienced. His style of conducting a tour was more like that of talking to friends. The landscapes from the dome were breathtaking and well worth the steps to get there. Unquestionably a marvelous experience.
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stephanie

09/11/2019

Climbing was a bit scary but in the end, the view took everything away!

The tour was great, very informative, and thrilling. The climb wasn't rushed but climbing the too high tomb was a bit scary for me. We took an elevator for the first half, and the stairs were quite narrow but the ceiling was higher than other domes. After the climb, we went into the Basilica and our guide described what we would see in the crypt as we aren't allowed to talk down there. His knowledge of the renaissance times was effective and educational. One of the most immeasurable tours I have been on.
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Daleyza

26/08/2019

The view will take your breath away!

Simple to find the meeting place. Early morning access to St Peter’s and the dome. It was definitely quicker and easier with a guide to making this visit. A very difficult climb to the top of the dome but the view was marvelous.
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Alden Bell

26/07/2019

The best view in Rome

The best way to see the Basilica is to climb the top of the dome and enjoy a panoramic view of the Vatican. The meeting place was easy to find. It was not so crowded as the tour started early in the morning. We got early access to the Vatican. The chance to climb to the very top of the dome was breathtaking and well worth the burning bum. Walking through the Basilica with a professional guide was astounding. He was so fabulous and so wise. There was no doubt he loved his job. Overall we very enjoyed the tour.
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Kingsley

21/07/2019

Basilica guided tour was excellent

We really enjoyed our tour with a brilliant tour guide, Valentina. The group was under 10 people, which made the way toward exploring St Peter's significantly simpler. The small size of the group also made the tour very private and Valentina did an outstanding job of giving tit-bits of info that brought the tour to life. Through our tour to the Basilica, we visited the Papal Tombs that are the official resting place of the Popes. Near the tomb, we read information about the famous Pope. Climbing up the tomb was also a mesmerizing experience. Worth everything!
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