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St Peter’s Basilica Top to Bottom

This tour is perfect for the ones who want to acquire a complete knowledge of St.Peter’s Square, Dome, Basilica and Crypts

2.5 H





(Any Group Size Welcome)

Tickets and Reservation Fees Included

Tour Details

  • Duration 2.5 h.

  • Flexible Start time. Please, select a date to see availability

  • Meeting Point Close to St. Peter’s Basilica Entrance (Details at Booking)

  • Operating Days Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat. (not on Sunday and Wednesay)

  • Tour doesn’t run on Sunday and on Wednesday during the papal audience and blessing

  • Language English (contact us for other languages)

Short Tour Description

Starting from the huge Saint Peter’s Square, designed by the most famous baroque artist Giovan Lorenzo Bernini and  surrounded by the magnificent Colonnade, before entering the Basilica you have the chance to take a look at the Scala Regia (Royal Staircase), the formal gate to the Vatican Palaces.

A challenging 320 steps climb takes you up to the 136.57 m (448.06 ft) height Dome, designed by Michelangelo and built by Giacomo Della Porta, Michelangelo’s pupil, to get the most astonishing panoramic view of the Vatican City State and Rome.

Back to Saint Peter’s Basilica our skilled guide tours you through the masterpieces kept in the biggest of all churches of Christendom and one of the Holiest Catholic shrines, telling you the history and stories behind the Holy Door, only opened during Jubilees, Michelangelo’s masterpiece the Pietà, St. John Paul II’s Tomb, the magnificent main altar, the Baldaquin, designed by Bernini, the ancient statue of St. Peter with his right toes worn down by centuries of pilgrims who touch and kiss the foot to be blessed.

Then descend to Vatican Grottoes, just below the Basilica floor, that contain chapels dedicated to Saints and tombs of Kings, Queens and Popes, dating back to the 10th century.

Inside the Crypts find the holiest place of the Basilica, St. Peter’s tomb, the spot were the Apostle’s Memory once was and is still venerated.

St. peter's statue

(St. Peter Square)

St. Peter's Statue

(St. Peter’s Basilica)

View from the Dome

(St. Peter’s Dome)

Bernini's Baldaquin

(St. Peter’s Basilica)

michelangelo's pietà

(St. Peter’s Basilica)

St. Peter's Facade

(St. Peter’s Basilica)

What’s Included

English-Speaking Local Expert Tour Guide

Private Tour

Dome Entrance Tickets

Audio headsets (when needed)


✓  Hotel pick-up/drop-off 



St. Peter’s Square

The Dome

St. Peter’s Basilica

Michelangelo’s Pieta

Tomb of St. John Paul II

Statue of St. Peter

Bernini’s Baldaquin

St. Peter’s Crypts (vatican grottoes)

and More…


Meeting Point

Vatican Entry Porta Sant’Anna

Via Sant’Anna, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Near the Porta Sant’Anna (Saint Ann Vatican Gate) you will find us

We will hold a sign with your name on it.

Important Notes

St. Peter’s Basilica or parts of the venues could be subject to last-minute closures due to unforeseen circumstances.
This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors.

Dress Code

Entry to the St. Peter’s Basilica is permitted only to appropriately dressed visitors.
Low cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts, short skirts and hats are not allowed.

Security checks by metal detector

For security reasons all visitors and their luggage shall be screened. To facilitate and speed up security checks by metal detector, visitors are advised to remove inadmissible items from their hand baggage beforehand, and to inform staff in advance.

Luggage, bags and rucksacks

Before entering the exhibition spaces, visitors are required to leave in the cloakroom all luggage, suitcases, rucksacks, packages and containers not considered suitable by staff on account of their size or nature.
The cloakroom service is free of charge.

Large umbrellas, sticks, tripods and stands for photography, video cameras, stainless steel water bottle, banners and signs of any type must all be left in the cloakroom.

Even if you get through security, you will be turned away by the attendants at the entrance door.

Photos and Video

Photos an Video without flash are allowed everywhere at the Vatican, including inside St. Peter’s Basilica.

Tripods and selfie sticks are not allowed anywhere in the St. Peter’s Basilica.


Tours often sell out quickly so we suggest booking your tour early to guarantee your desired tour day.

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