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  • St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

    1. St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

    Meet your art historian guide in St. Peter's Square and stroll across the piazza into Vatican City. In the Basilica, take the elevator part of the way up and then climb the remaining 171 steps. You can climb at a leisurely pace and enjoy the journey up with frequent stops. At the summit, witness the breathtaking 360-degree views of the Vatican City as it extends out into Rome and its seven hills. Take as many photographs as you can because you are very high and will be able to see for a long distance. After heading back down to ground level, take a brief break before entering St. Peter's Basilica. This famous monument is a triumph of art and architecture, unmatched anywhere else in the world. This is where Bernini's sculptures and Michelangelo's art rise above holy papal tombs and the necropolis of St. Peter himself. 

  • Vatican City: Basilica, Dome Climb & Optional Crypts Tour

    2. Vatican City: Basilica, Dome Climb & Optional Crypts Tour

    Experience St. Peter's Basilica from the top of the dome and admire views of the Vatican and Rome. See the dome's interior on your own or select a guided tour of the basilica and crypts.

    Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square, then head up to the first level of the dome to the viewing balcony. Admire the array of incredible mosaics depicting the saints, the magnificent Latin scripts which circle the dome, and the top of Bernini’s 3-story canopy below.

    Listen to your guide share facts and stories about the history of the dome, and everything you need to know about the Dome’s artists and Renaissance splendor. From the first level, take the spiral staircase to the top of the dome and enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Then head above the double structure of the dome and pass by windows that give a tantalizing glimpse of the Vatican rooftops bel...

    If you only selected the dome climb, be aware that the tour isn’t only 45 minutes as listed on the site. It turned out to be about 1.5 hours and your ending point is on the outside platform to start the dome climb.

  • Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    3. Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colloseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and magestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” by foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Location highlights include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

    Rome is so big and the best way to save time and see all the attractions is to take the Big Bus.

  • St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb and Papal Tombs

    4. St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb and Papal Tombs

    Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square, then head up to the first level of the dome to the viewing balcony. Admire the array of incredible mosaics, the magnificent Latin scripts, and the top of Bernini’s 3-story canopy below. Listen to your guide share facts and stories about the history of the dome, and learn all about the Dome’s artists and Renaissance splendor. From the first level, take the spiral staircase to the top of the dome and enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Then pass by windows that give a tantalizing glimpse of the Vatican rooftops below. After 320 steps find yourself on the viewing platform 448 feet above the basilica floor. From the highest point within the Vatican, admire breathtaking and panoramic views over the city, including the Vatican Gardens below. Looking into the distance, you can also marvel at the monuments of ancient Rome, including the Colo...

  • Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

    5. Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

    Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square - a quick ascension by elevator later will carry you up to the top of the dome from where you can see all of Rome and far beyond Rome too. The views are absolutely spectacular. Back on terra firma you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this in itself is rare as most other Rome tour operators do not include it in their Vatican tours. Take a break before making the short walk to the comfortable customer center ahead of your second tour to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Genuine skip-the-line access means that you will be fast tracked to the artistic and archaeological masterpieces which make the Vatican Museums absolutely must-sees when in Rome.

    This was an amazing tour. Our guide Ciara is really what made it fantastic. Her knowledge and witty comments kept us learning and laughing.

  • Rome: Papal Audience with Pope Francis

    6. Rome: Papal Audience with Pope Francis

    Enjoy a truly special occasion during your trip to Rome with this opportunity to be in the Papal audience at the Vatican. Experience the celebratory atmosphere as the Pope and his Cardinals greet and bless the crowd, and partake in this jubilatory event at the heart of the Catholic world. With an expert guide, enjoy the event from the best viewing point and learn about the significance of what you are about to see. Your guide will organise your tickets and secure a strategic vantage point in the audience to get you as close as possible to the Pope. Relax in the hands of their expertise as they navigate the crowds of thousands of people from around the world to ensure an enjoyable experience for you. Learn about Pope Francis and stories from papal history as you await the beginning of the ceremony, to appreciate the event in its full context. Then, the main event, as the Pope arrives an...

    It was really helpful to have booked a guide for the Papal Audience as it allowed us to navigate the entrance with ease.

  • Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

    7. Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

    Visit the Colosseum, one of the most iconic structures in the world. Skip the ticket line to access the Colosseum quickly and easily. Learn about the architecture and history of this massive amphitheater, which hosted senators, emperors, and gladiators, as well as animals from all over the world. You'll have the opportunity to visit Palatine Hill, site of the foundation of Rome, followed by exploring the Roman Forum site. Make your own way to the Vatican Museums. The complex is home to 54 different galleries and four statue museums: Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Chiaramonti, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. See some of the most famous works of art in the world, from artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio, Raphael and Giotto, to name a few. The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel, completed around 1483. View many...

  • Vatican City: VIP Vatican Experience

    8. Vatican City: VIP Vatican Experience

    Enrich your Vatican experience by joining this personal, semi-private tour where you can delve into the fabulous art and history that surrounds the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. You will begin at the Vatican Museum, a labyrinthine complex featuring over 1000 rooms that cover four millennia. Those visiting unguided often find themselves dazzled by the work on display here – which can make it somewhat difficult to navigate. But this curated route through the museum packs in all the best bits. The next stop is the world-famous Sistine Chapel, best-known for its sprawling ceiling art painted by Michelangelo. The rules dictate silence upon entry to the chapel, which isn’t usually a problem – its sheer beauty leaves most speechless.

    What an amazing tour! This was my second time at the Vatican Museum and it was breathtaking. Maria, our guide was informative, fun and engaging. The small group allowed her to give us a lot of attention and interact with each other. Three hours felt like such a short time and at the end of the tour I wandered by myself in awe of this magical place. If you want to savour the experience, this is the right way to do it.

  • Enchanting St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican Grottoes Tour

    9. Enchanting St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican Grottoes Tour

    Discover the famous works of Renaissance and Neoclassical artists on this guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. Marvel at unbeatable views from the dome and head underground to visit the papal tombs of the Vatican Grottoes. Choose between a semi-private or private tour. Meet your guide and start your tour exploring Piazza Risorgimento while walking towards St. Peter’s Square. Let yourself be fascinated while learning about the marvelous columns of St. Peter’s and the imposing square. Enter the church and admire the look of the dome's impressive mosaic. See Rome early in the morning from an unforgettable point of view. Inside the church, admire its impressive art and understand why it took 150 years to build. Observe the surrounding colored marble, golden ceilings, and intricate mosaics. Take in the basilica's Renaissance and Neoclassical art before visiting the unique papal grottoes u...

  • Rome: Vatican City Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Tickets

    10. Rome: Vatican City Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Tickets

    Skip the ticket line and explore the Vatican on an 3-hour walking tour!  You will be led by an expert guide among the must-see sites of the area, including the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. The best part? There is no wait! Your tour begins at the Vatican Museums, boasting 2,000 rooms filled with the most extensive collection of art in the world. Listen as your guide, a specialist in art history and archeaology, provides you with a detailed and intriguing history of what you are seeing. Walk through the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the art of Michelangelo. Head to the famous sculpture, Pietà, and continue on to admire the gold and bronze Altar Baldaquin made by artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Continue out into St. Peter's Square, where you can opt to spend the rest of your afternoon basking in the historical richness of the city.

    Great tour, very informative but the meeting point was not made clear. If our email had stated the office was the meeting point it would have made our lives a lot easier.

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What people are saying about St. Peter's Basilica

Highly recommend - Barbera is the best! Wow! This was even better than I could have hoped for, thanks to our unforgettable guide Barbera. Barbera was a FANTASTIC, ENGAGING, and SUPER FUN guide... truly, I don't think it gets better (and I am a former tour guide myself.) She led the tour with the perfect balance of teaching us important facts but also making it a memorable experience, filled with laughter. I like the fact that she is a native Roman and so it really felt like he was teaching us about her own history. We felt very looked after by her and she was so great at truly connecting with everyone in our group, and answering all our questions. We were smiling the entire time. So grateful for the experience and I thought it was worth every penny. Bravo!

The tour with Chiara absolutely amazing. We had a small group. No lines at the Basilica or Museum with the 8am tour. Definitely wear good walking shoes. Our guide Chiara (when in Rome Tours) was such a great guide. Very interacting and so very knowledgeable, funny and great energy. Personalized our tour so we could get to the most important stops in an efficient manner. Made sure everyone’s needs were met along the way. She offered to take photos of each person/couple at the best spots! She was interested in each person/couple. Asked where we were going next so she could recommend activities/restaurants. Guiseppi and Maria from Florida

What an amazing tour! This was my second time at the Vatican Museum and it was breathtaking. Maria, our guide was informative, fun and engaging. The small group allowed her to give us a lot of attention and interact with each other. Three hours felt like such a short time and at the end of the tour I wandered by myself in awe of this magical place. If you want to savour the experience, this is the right way to do it.

This tour was incredible! So happy I chose to do the VIP Vatican Experience! Such a small group with our fantastic guide Barbara, she was amazing! So much attention to detail with a personal touch. I enjoyed it so much and will be recommending it to my friend who is coming next month! Thank you again Barbara for an amazing day

A great experience. Everything is very uncomplicated as it should be on vacation. Gladly again