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Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt

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USD 55.22
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St. Peter’s Basilica is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest and most famous churches. On this small-group tour of the landmark, you’ll beat the crowds and enjoy guaranteed admission to its lofty dome, as well as the papal crypt—a side of the basilica that most visitors miss. Learn about the history of this icon, and see the Renaissance–era masterpieces hidden inside its walls.
  • A small-group tour makes for a personal way to discover this landmark
  • Enjoy guaranteed admission to the basilica’s soaring dome
  • Explore the papal crypt, which most tour groups miss
  • See the church’s famous masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s Pietà
What to Expect
Meet your guide at a convenient location just outside of St. Peter’s Square. In order to beat the crowds, and make the most of this world-famous landmark before long lines form, the tour kicks off in the early morning. See the Swiss Guard in St. Peter’s Square before entering the basilica. With just a small group for company, you’re promised an intimate way of discovering the church. Your first stop is the basilica’s soaring dome, to which you have guaranteed admission. Board an elevator to its first viewing platform before walking up several hundred stairs to its summit, which offers panoramic views overlooking the city. Next, you’ll return to ground level and will discover some of the artistic masterpieces hidden within the church, including Bernini’s bronze altar and Michelangelo’s Pietà. Learn more of the stories and history behind St. Peter's Basilica from your guide. Your final stop is the papal crypt—a part of the landmark most visitors don’t see. Descend into its silent depths and discover some of its most significant tombs before the tour concludes.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
Departure Time
8:15 AM
2h 30m
Return Details
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Small groups of max 15 people
  • Expert English Speaking local guide
  • Pre-reserved tickets to climb St Peter’s Basilica Dome with elevator access
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Square
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note, this tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
  • Please remember that St. Peter's Basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
  • Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the Basilica. However, large bags, pointy umbrellas and objects must be left at the bag check situated at the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica, next to the official audio-guides desk.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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i need my money back because when we arrived on time in the place indicated nobody was there,waiting for us
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello Lazaro D, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, it is much appreciated. We are very disappointed to hear that you were unable to locate your tour group and join us for our Complete St Peters Basilica Tour, as we always do our utmost to ensure that each of our guests has the information necessary for their tour. Please feel free to contact us on info@takewalks so that we can investigate and resolve this for you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you, The Walks Team
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I wanted to explore St Peter's in depth so, after much deliberation, I registered for this tour. I did not regret it. Our guide was outstanding, friendly and knowledgable. We zipped through the security at St Peter's Basilica (the tour began at 8.15am) and we were soon
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello iskaboo, Thank you for your kind review! We are thrilled to learn that you had such a wonderful experience with us! We strive for 100% customer satisfaction for each of our clients, and it is an absolute pleasure to learn that we achieved this with you! We look forward to sharing another walk with you! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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This is an awesome tour. I am glad i did this while my joints are still able. The climb is memorable on at least 2 levels - the experience itself as well as the city views at the top and halfway through seeing the dome up closer. Angela was a very energetic and the tour in the
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hello yukhojo, Thank for your kind feedback from your recent St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt! We think this is a very special experience too, and we are so happy that you allowed us to share it with you. St. Peter's Basilica is a spectacular place to visit, and the Dome Climb is certainly worth the effort if you can manage it! We hope to see you again on another of our fun and interesting walking tours the next time you are visiting Italy! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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We had been once before to St Peters but we felt like we didn’t get enough time to just take in the place. We also felt like we didn’t know enough so we took this tour and we are so grateful we did so. The tour starts promptly at 8:15am. We first did the dome climb, before the
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With Rick Steves in our ears we headed out very early and it was totally worth it. The light in the square was beautiful. But better still, we practically had the basilica to ourselves the first hour. And when we were ready for the dome at 9am, there were people, but nothing
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  • Languages Offered: English
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