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The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

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RM, Italy

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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Begin your Vatican experience a little differently with a climb up the dome of St. Peter's Basilica with a guide. After getting sweeping views of Vatican City and Rome beyond, proceed inside for a guided tour of the church itself, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. This half-day tour takes place in the morning, before much of the crowds arrive at the Vatican.
  • Save time with skip-the-line Vatican tickets
  • Sweeping views of Rome from St. Peter's Basilica dome
  • Comprehensive tour of the basilica, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel
  • Art historian guide provides in-depth commentary
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St. Peter's Dome Climb to the top of Michelangelo's Cupola for truly amazing views of Rome!
Get into the Vatican Museums fast with our no lines priority access ticket and a local expert guide
Catch all the classic and ancient sculptures inside world famous chambers, halls and galleries
Immersive Sistine Chapel inside experience and a panel-by-panel tour of Michelangelo's ceiling
Full tour of entire St. Peter's Basilica covering all the major works of art and sculpture therein
Tour of little-known Papal Sarcophagi beneath St. Peter's Basilica which we call "Vatacombs"
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

Largo del Colonnato, 1, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Piazza Papa Pio XII, Roma RM, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • On days immediately surrounding religious holidays at the Vatican, alterations to tours may become necessary due to partial closings of areas normally included in this tour. In the event that the Papal tombs beneath St. Peter's Basilica are closed, the tour of the Basilica itself will be extended and no refunds made
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Maximum 15 travelers on this tour, hand sanitizer made available (we will provide), mandatory mask-wearing on the tour (bring your own)
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY When In Rome Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb.

Traveler Tips


  • "It was very hot but it was 90 out side skip the li e is a must as the wait was at least 2 hours or more in the hot sun ." See review
  • "The Climb to the top with "When in Rome Tours" is highly recommended, even by grandma!" See review
  • "Give yourself time to walk to the meeting point for Vatican museum and Sistine chapel tour." See review

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St Peters dome climb
STEPHEN_C
, Aug 2020
Really amazing tour of the Vatican , St Peters Dome and Vatican Museum with our tour guide Chiara really nice lady and knew her job inside and out a must tour for anyone going to Rome thank you all
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Amazing tour!
Teresa
, Feb 2020
This tour was worth every penny. Robert was extremely knowledgeable and the group size was perfect! We learned so much and were able to truly take in the majesty of Vatican City.
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Amazing Tour Thanks To A Perfect Guide
C_Gledster
, Feb 2020
We cannot fault any part of this tour, it was amazing. This was mainly down to our guides unbelievable knowledge. Our guide was called Massimo from When In Rome Tours and he explained that he was an art historian and he really did know so much. His knowledge was unbelievable, explaining all the main highlights clearly and in such detail right down to the dates that things were built, painted, sculpted etc. The climb to the top of the St Peter's Basilica dome was a challenge, 300 plus narrow steps to the top, non-stop but the view from the top was worth it.
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Worth it
hannahprieto7
, Feb 2020
Claire was great!! Definitely one of the best tour guides we’ve ever had. Really fun day. Favorite part was the climb to the top of the dome! The early morning meeting time was great for getting pictures in the square before anyone else was there.
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Climbing the dome
zevcrawley
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour! Bob provides sites of interest from the view and points of interest in the Vatican. Give yourself time to walk to the meeting point for Vatican museum and Sistine chapel tour.
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Extraordinary
izibns
, Jan 2020
Climbing the Dome is a must, the view is breathtaking and it's amazing to see the interior and millions and millions of small pieces of golden, silver, bronze, lapis lazuli and other valuable stones which are used for mozaic on all walls and the whole ceiling instead of paintings - fantastic! The entire Vatican is special with it's rich story, huge walls and statues and so much power and glory it shows through those expensive masterpieces, it's really worth visiting and hearing the history.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you so much! We are the first ever company in Rome to run this tour and we are very proud of it. Best wishes, When In Rome Tours
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When in Rome Tours - go with Chlara
Kelly B
, Oct 2019
Voted our family's favorite tour guide, Chlara was energetic, fun and informative. Never boring and communicated very well with our entire group and got it done!. The Climb to the top with "When in Rome Tours" is highly recommended, even by grandma! Thanks for an amazing day!
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Stairs a plenty
Go05374635508
, Sep 2019
The vatican tour was nice but very hot. The vatican hasno air conditioning. It was very hot but it was 90 out side skip the li e is a must as the wait was at least 2 hours or more in the hot sun . I went in September.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hello Go0537, Thank you for your comments. We assume that you have deducted one star because of the very hot weather and another star because of the stairs (they have been there for hundreds of years). The tour and experience in itself is fantastic as every other review here attests. Keep cool wherever you are :) When In Rome Tours
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Exceptionally informative
Maree A
, Jun 2019
Luigi was our guide & his knowledge & explanation of everything we saw was exceptional. Time standing & heat maybe an issue for some.
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