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St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

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2 hrs 30 mins

The ubiquity of St. Peter's Basilica's Cupola in the Roman skyline can be seen from all around the Eternal City. On this guided tour, you will head to the top of the cupola, the highest vantage point in Rome. The beautiful sight of Rome and Vatican City will be laid out in front of you, making this an unforgettable experience.

Saint Peter's Basilica Cupola Tour Highlights

  • Head to the highest architectural spot in Rome for a view and experience you will never forget.
  • The dome on St. Peter's Basilica gives its visitors the highest vantage point in Rome.
  • Catch stunning panoramic views of the Vatican Gardens, the Papal Palace and other monuments from the top of St. Peter’s Dome.
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Why You Shouldn't Miss This

While Rome has many tourist attractions, the St. Peter’s Basilica has to be the most important and prominent one. Visible from kilometers away, the Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica is one of the most prominent sights in Rome. Lovingly called ‘Cuppolone’ by the Romans, it is the highest architectural point in Rome and provides a fantastic vantage point.

From here, you can admire the interiors of the Basilica as well as breath-taking views of the Eternal City, the Vatican Gardens, the roof of the Sistine Chapel and the chimney of the Pope’s election. This tour will also let you learn about its significance both culturally and as an exquisite piece of architecture.

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Your Experience

The tour begins at a designated meeting point situated in St. Peter's Square, adjacent to the basilica. If you stand in St. Peter's Square and face St. Peter's Basilica, then the exact meeting point is located on the right-hand side of the square, outside the colonnade and in front of the Vatican Post Office. Here you will see your guide wearing a blue vest with the Vox Mundi logo printed on it. Be there 15 minutes before the beginning of your tour so you can find your guide with ease.

Your guide will then lead you inside St. Peter's Basilica through a dedicated passage. To get to the top of the Cupola, once can either take the stairs all the way (551 steps) or take the elevator and then climb the remaining on steps (320). On this tour, you will take the elevator for the first half. The elevator brings you only up to the first level of the Dome, but to reach the top (La Lantera) you will need to climb other 300 steps (more or less). Once at the top, you will be able to catch beautiful panoramic views of Rome and Vatican and also marvel at the intricate architecture of the interiors of the basilica.

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  • Skip the Line entrance ticket for St. Peter's Basilica and the Dome
  • Elevator to the first level (avoid climbing the 171 steps)
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Chapel
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  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Optional activity costs
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Know Before You Go

Tour Timings

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the tour takes place every 30 minutes from 8:45 AM – 4:15 PM. On Wednesday, the tour takes place between 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM and on Sunday, it takes place between 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM, every 30 minutes.

Getting There

The closest station to the Vatican is the Ottaviano-S. Pietro station. Line A of the Rome Metro stops at this station every few minutes. Your meeting point in St. Peter's Square is a 5-minute walk from this metro station.

What to Wear

Please be dressed appropriately. Sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats are not permitted. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

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Uyen Nguyen
Reviewed in August, 2016

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How to Redeem Your Tickets

• You will receive your guided tour voucher in a few minutes.
• On the day of the experience, head to the meeting point and display the voucher on your mobile phone along with a photo ID to begin your tour.
• The exact meeting point is located on the right-hand side of St. Peter's Square, outside the colonnade and in front of the Vatican Post Office.
• Look for the guide wearing a blue vest with the Vox Mundi logo printed on it.
• Begin your tour.

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