St. Peter's Dome climbing experience
Attractions & guided tours

St. Peter's Dome climbing experience

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 45 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Climb the iconic Dome of St. Peter’s for magnificent panoramic views
  • Hear enlightening commentary from a local Vatican expert guide
  • Wander around St Peter's Basilica at your own pace
What to expect

Your day begins with an early start, to beat the crowds and be among the first to climb up the Dome. With commentary from your expert, English-speaking Vatican guide you’ll take a short walk along the St. Peter’s Square before getting to the lift that takes you up to the base of the Dome. Here you will be able to admire its beautiful interior, then continue climbing 320 steps and get to the very top. From here you are rewarded with the most magnificent views over the Eternal City – no view in Rome is comparable to this. You can take as much time as you wish to take your best shots and to enjoy the panorama, before going back down at your own pace.

You will still be inside the Basilica complex when you exit the Dome, so you can take advantage of the access already gained in the morning to visit St. Peter’s Basilica on your own, without having to join the long lines to get in. Here you can discover the incredible Papal Altar under Bernini’s Baldachin, and marvel at Michelangelo’s other timeless masterpiece, La Pietà, as you discover the most important church in the Christian world. Once outside again, you can admire Bernini’s clever optical illusion in St. Peter’s Square, spot the balcony from which the Pope delivers his public addresses and snap photos of the basilica’s heavenly façade, having covered the Vatican and St. Peter’s from top to bottom!

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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 sanitized 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
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • Entrance into St. Peter’s Dome
    • Optional entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica
    • Informative leaflet about Basilica and Dome
    • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
    • Headsets when appropriate
    What's not included
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
    • Food/Beverage
    Reduced price
    • Children (age 3-14)
    • Infants (age 0-2): Free
    Where

    Fontana delle Tiare, Largo del Colonnato, 00120 Roma RM

    Meeting point:

    Your meeting point is at Piazza della Città Leonina, near the arches, where the square meets via di Porta Angelica. Facing the Arches, our meeting point is located at the corner of the square, on the left-hand side, next to the kiosk.

    Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani metro A station:

    Exit the turnstiles – take the St. Peter’s Basilica exit. Once you exit the metro station walk down Via Ottaviano until you reach Piazza Risorgimento. Continue walking straight across the Risorgimento square and you will see the Vatican walls – follow Via di Porta Angelica until you arrive at the arches bordering Piazza della Città Leonina. Facing the arches, the meeting point is located to the left side, at the corner, next to the newspaper stand.

    What to remember
    • Please note that the dome’s elevator only takes you to the first terrace. In order to climb to the top of the dome, you will have to use stairs (320 steps)
    • This tour is not suitable for those who suffer from claustrophobia and/or vertigo, heart or other serious medical conditions, and comfortable shoes are recommended.
    • This tour is unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. It is also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages
    • Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, you may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, you are strongly suggested to avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. The Vatican only permits very small bags, and specifically prohibits large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks. Any such items must be checked into the free luggage storage area which may result in your having to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance
    • It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
    • There is no skip-the-line to the Dome’s ticket office or at the Basilica’s security line, hence there may be some waiting time before reaching the dome
    • Entrance into the Basilica and Dome complex requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women
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    When
    • Please check the calendar to find this tour's availability
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    Provider
    City Wonders
    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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