Less than 1% of Vatican visitors ascend St. Peter's Dome, this is a remarkable statistic so for this reason we have decided to take it from the top! Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square. Sacred stairs (and an elevator) will carry you up to St. Peter's Terrace from where you will see all of Rome and even the Tyrrhenian Sea! Back on terra firma you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica too. Take a break before making the short walk to our Vatican meeting point for your second tour of the Vatican City and Sistine Chapel! Get fast track access to the masterpieces which make the Vatican Museums absolutely must-see when in Rome.
Inclusions & Exclusions
✔  Full tour of entire St. Peter's Basilica covering all the major works of art and sculpture therein
✔  St. Peter's Dome Climb to the top of Michelangelo's Cupola for truly amazing views of Rome!
✔  Immersive Sistine Chapel inside experience and a panel-by-panel tour of Michelangelo's ceiling
✔  Get into the Vatican Museums fast with our no lines priority access ticket and a local expert guide
✔  Tour of little-known Papal Sarcophagi beneath St. Peter's Basilica which we call "Vatacombs"
✔  Catch all the classic and ancient sculptures inside world famous chambers, halls and galleries
✖  Food and drinks
✖  Hotel pickup and drop-off
✖  Gratuities
Departure & Return
Departure:  Largo del Colonnato, 1, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Meet at 745am for 8am 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 signboard. Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/vZvCNgmmozFLnzT3A

Return: Piazza Papa Pio XII, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

The tour concludes on St. Peter's Square beside St. Peter's Basilica.

St. Peter's Square Meet your expert Vatican tour guide on the threshold of St. Peter's Square and make your way across marble paving to the steps which wind up and around the dome. There are 551 in total so of course this is too much exertion for most. We take the elevator part of the way which cuts the step count by a sizable 171, leaving 380.

Duration:  30 minutes

St. Peter's Basilica From St. Peter's Square, enter the passageways which lead up to the top of Michelangelo's magnificent dome for superb views of the Vatican City and Rome.

Duration:  45 minutes

St. Peter's Basilica A fully guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica follows your dome climb. It's one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and it will leave a profound impression upon your soul.

Duration:  45 minutes

Vatican Museums Vast museums inside the Vatican City which house many thousands of ancient works of art and sculpture. The most important museum complex in the world!

Duration:  2 hours

Additional info
•  Public transportation options are available nearby
•  Specialized infant seats are available
•  Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
•  A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops 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
•  On days immediately surrounding religious holidays at the Vatican, alterations to tours may become necessary due to partial closings of areas normally included in this tour. In the event that the Papal tombs beneath St. Peter's Basilica are closed, the tour of the Basilica itself will be extended and no refunds made
•  Maximum 20 travelers on this tour, hand sanitizer made available (we will provide), mandatory mask-wearing on the tour (bring your own)
Free cancellation
From $110
Mobile or paper ticket accepted
5 hours
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Cancellation policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.