Vatican tour with climb to St. Peter's Dome
Attractions & guided tours

Vatican tour with climb to St. Peter's Dome

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: See calendar
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 5 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Climb up St. Peter's Dome and enjoy the breathtaking view of Rome
  • Explore the Basilica, a triumph of art and architecture
  • Skip the line and enjoy a guided tour of the immense collection of the Vatican Museums
What to expect

Join this guided tour of Rome's incredible art and architecture and enjoy the view of the city from the summit of Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

Meet your art historian guide in St. Peter's Square and stroll across the piazza into the Vatican City, where your climb to the top of the dome begins: 551 steep steps in total – which is a bit more than most wish to tackle on foot – but you'll get to take the elevator for part of the way up. Climb at a leisurely pace and enjoy the journey with frequent stops. At the summit, you'll get to take in the breathtaking 360° view of the Vatican City as it extends out into Rome and its seven hills. You can take as many photographs as you want of this once-in-a-lifetime view.

Once you're back down you'll take a brief break before entering St. Peter's Basilica, an absolute triumph of art and architecture unmatched anywhere else in the world. This is where Bernini's sculptures and Michelangelo's art rise above papal tombs.

At 11.30am you will regroup at the meeting point to begin the last part of your experience: a skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel with an English speaking art historian guide.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • What's included
    • Comprehensive tour of St. Peter's Basilica
    • Priority skip-the-line Vatican tickets
    • Licensed Vatican tour guide
    • Vatican Museums tour
    • Sistine Chapel tour
    What's not included
    • Food and drinks
    Where

    Via di Porta Angelica, 28, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting point:
    Meet your guide near Fontana delle Tiare
    What to remember
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • Please note this is a two-part tour. First part of the tour: meet at 7.45am for a prompt 8.00am departure by the Tiare fountain (Fontana delle Tiare), just beneath Largo del Colonnato and in front of the pillars which run around Saint Peter's Square. Your guide will be holding a "When in Rome Tours "sign. If you are facing St. Peter's Basilica, follow the pillars to the right until you come to the fountain. Second part of the tour: meet at 11.00am for an 11.30am departure from When in Rome Tours Office, Via Sebastiano Veniero 21
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    Provider
    When In Rome Tours
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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