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Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt

Highlights
  • 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
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Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
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Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
From US$56.98
Overview

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.

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.

Reviews (24)
1 - 5 of 16 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Did two of the best tours

Did the St. Peter's Basilica tour in the morning and then the Vatican Museums Night tour in the evening. Both of my tour guides were very informative and interesting. They definitely were very knowledgeable and loved their job. Each tour was a small group and...More

Thank Rick V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Walks of Italy is the best tour for Italy

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable of the history of the Vatican. He was funny and unhurried. He allowed us 20 minutes in the Sistine Chapel which was fabulous. Our group was only 14 people which made the tour intimate. Walks of Italy Tours does a...More

Thank mth6530
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile
Best tour thus far

Do not let the early morning scare you! This is the way to see the Basilica! Our guide (I can’t remember her name, maybe Angela) was the BEST! She was incredibly knowledgeable and very animated. As we learned from other tours, a good guide can...More

Thank Shannon T
Reviewed 28 September 2018
Best view in Rome

We did the 8:15am tour with our guide Tiberius who is a native of Rome and extremely passionate about his topic. He brought to light all the information about the Dome and St Peter's itself. The tour offers time to linger in the Basicilica afterwards....More

1  Thank bungawangi
Reviewed 24 September 2018
none better than walks of Itlay guides

We took several walks tours while we were in Rome. The tour leaders are more than tour guides. They are educated and experts and so full of information and they make it so fun to see the Basilica. Just enough time at each point of...More

Thank sharimathisen
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Mikedelv
16 July 2018|
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Response from YolanivdW | Reviewed this property |
No, the Sistene Chapel is part of the Vatican Museum
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michellejacobs0
10 June 2018|
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Response from tom_perigrino | Reviewed this property |
About 2.5 hours
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