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Vatican tour with climb to St. Peter's Dome

Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Entrance Fees Included
Guided Tour
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  • 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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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
Reduced price
  • Infant (0-5 years): free
  • Children (6-17 years): reduced

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

Meeting point:
  • 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
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
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  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8.00am
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 3 days before the activity begins.

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