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Vatican City Guided Excursion: Climb St. Peter’s Dome Climb, Visit The Basilica And The Vatacombs

★★★★★ 5 / 5 2 Reviews
See Rome from the absolute top of Michelangelo's magnificent Dome on this wonderful fully guided tour of incredible art and architecture, topped off with a guided visit of St. Peter's Basilica and the Papal tombs also known as the Vatacombs. As you explore the sites, you'll learn about the Vatican's history and religious significance. Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
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By Roman law, no building in Rome can be higher than the top of the Dome at St Peter’s Basilica. Join a guided tour of the incredible art and architecture in Rome and see the city from the summit of Michelangelo’s magnificent Dome, stretching to the blue Tyrrhenian Sea and green Castelli Romani hills. You will also see views of the entire Vatican City and gardens.

Meet your expert Art Historian guide on the threshold of St. Peter’s Square and make your way across marble paving to the first steps which lead up to the top of Michelangelo’s Dome. There are 551 steep steps in total and of course this is too much exertion for most, so we take the elevator which cuts the step count by a sizable 171, leaving 380 (although some say 330…). We take our time and enjoy plenty of staircase breaks on the way around and up to the top of the dome!

At the summit, you will have a once in a lifetime view of the historical landmarks in all directions, be they in the Vatican City or the wider city of Rome. There are a great many so be prepared for detail (and selfies)! At this point, take as many photographs as you can, you’re a very long way up and it’s been a once-in-a-lifetime climb so don’t hold back!

Easy does it on the way down to terra firma and then a brief break before entering St. Peter’s Basilica – an absolute triumph of art and architecture unmatched anywhere else in the world, where Bernini’s sculptures and Michelangelo’s art rise above Holy Papal tombs and the perceived necropolis of St. Peter himself.

- What To Expect

- Climb the stairs to the top of St. Peter's Basilica dome
- Comprehensive tour with a guide teaches travelers about the history and religious meaning
- Access to the papal crypts and vatacombs
- Art historian guide provides expert commentary

- What Is Included

- Michelangelo's Dome / Terrace of St. Peter
- Comprehensive tour of St. Peter's Basilica
- Rarely accessed Papal Crypts and Vatacombs
- Professional art historian guide

- What Is Not Included

- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks

- Know Before You Go

- The level of physical difficulty on this tour is set to moderate, as anyone who feels incapable of climbing to the very top of the tome may remain at the terrace level (where the elevator stops) while those who wish to climb all the way up do so.
- Bring a small bottle of water with you for Dome Climb
- 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

Customer Reviews (2 reviews)

Early morning climb

★★★★★ Reviewed by Joan on 2019-07-10
We went to the Vatican very early - did the basilica at 7am and then were in the small line for the dome at 8am. We paid the 8 euros to walk up. It is an easy climb as long as you’ve got sensible shoes and a moderate level of fitness. At 8am we had the stairs to ourselves. By the time we got to the top there was more of a crowd so I can only imagine how busy it gets later in the day. On the trip down the stairs we stopped at the level that the elevator goes to and had a coffee and croissant for a very reasonable price. It was nice to sit up on the dome having some breakfast. The little restaurant/cafeteria was also very quiet with mostly just staff having coffee.

Chiara was FANTASTIC!

★★★★★ Reviewed by Patrick on 2019-06-11
We did the St. Peter's Dome climb/Basilica/Vatacombs tour in the morning followed by the Vatican Museum/Sistene Chapel tour in the afternoon. We had Chiara as a tour guide for both. She is a very knowledgeable, passionate and humorous guide who brought an amazing energy to the day. She did a great job at presenting tons of historical info while also moving the group along very busy sites.

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