Join this all-access skip-the-line entry to St. Peter's Basilica. Enjoy a full guided tour of the Basilica, ascend the dome for an incredible view of Rome and see the sacred Papal Crypt.
Check in at Bar Polese (or Bar Leonina)
St. Peter's Basilica Dome
Take an elevator ride going up to the first terrace of the Dome where marvelous mosaics can be seen up close. Then, climb up the stairs to reach the top of the Dome for an amazing panoramic view of Rome and St. Peter's Square.
St. Peter's Basilica Interior
Back at the ground level, your expert guide will give a full tour of the Basilica, from the side chapels with hidden crypts, Michelangelo's Pieta to Bernini's altarpiece. Learn the rich history of this ancient church.
Wrap up the tour with a visit to the Papal Crypt, where many Popes are buried. Speaking inside the crypt is not allowed for it is a sacred place, so your guide will tell you stories of the tombs before you enter.
Tour Ends at St. Peter's Basilica
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Price & Options
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
Only small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the umbrella. Large bags and objects must be left at the bag check near the entrance of St. Peter's Basilica.
Clothing that covers from the shoulder to knee
St. Peter's Basilica is subject to closures due to Vatican affairs. In the event that this happens, you will be contacted as soon as possible to reschedule. In the rare case that the tombs are closed you will spend extra time in St. Peter's Basilica and Square.
Please note that skip the line access is not possible at the dome or at St. Peters Basilica's security line except for guests entering via the Vatican Museums who use a different door, so you may need to spend some time queuing.
This tour operates with a maximum 15 participants.
You can book a maximum of 15.
Frequently Asked Questions
What languages are your tours conducted in?
English. This tour does not operate in multi-language, which means you’ll never have to wait for translations.
How will I recognize my tour guide?
Either your tour guide or a tour coordinator will be waiting at the tour meeting point 15 minutes before your tour start time. They will be holding up a sign with the Walks of Italy logo on it.
What If I’m running late to my tour?
We ask all guests to arrive at the tour meeting point at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of their tour. If you have difficulty finding the meeting point or are delayed along the way, please call the emergency phone number, (Italy) +39-069-480-4888 not the regular customer service number.
How far in advance should I book my tour?
It’s hard to say. We recommend booking as soon as you can as these services often sell out in advance and have limited-availability. If you know what tour you want to book though, we would always say to book as soon as you can.
The tour description says tour is 'all-inclusive'. What does that mean?
It means the tour price listed on our website includes all ticket, reservation and entrance fees. There won’t be any nasty surprises on the day of your tour, so you could leave your wallet at home (unless you felt like tipping your tour guide).
Do you accept last-minute bookings?
When we have space! Check the website for availability first. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there is a chance that it's sold out or it may just be off-sale because it's within a day or two of tour running time.
Should I tip my tour guide?
It’s really up to you. If you enjoyed your tour and feel like you received exemplary service from your guide, it is customary to leave a tip at the end of the tour. It’s not obligatory though and we won’t hold it against you if you don't – nor will your guide.
Can I take your tours if I have walking difficulties or require a wheelchair?
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs on most of our group tours for a variety reasons. That said, in most cases we can serve wheelchair users on our private tours, to allow the guide to adapt the route to their particular requirements. Please get in touch with us before you book, however, and be aware that guests are responsible for propelling their own chairs – guides will be unable to do this.
I am traveling with a small child – can I bring a stroller with me?
Not on all tours. Please get in touch with our us before bringing a stroller on your tour. Some sites will not allow you to bring a stroller inside and we may not have suitable storage options. If you let us know in advance we can help you to arrange a suitable solution.
What should I bring on my tour?
We recommend all customers bring photo ID with their date of birth listed plus the confirmation voucher. For all tours involving walking, we would recommend that you wear comfortable shoes. If you’re visiting in warm weather (May – Sep) we recommend that you bring sunscreen, a bottle of water (which you can refill along the way) and a hat. During the cooler months we would recommend that you bring a coat and possibly a rain jacket and/or umbrella.
It’s raining, is my tour still running?
Yes! The tours run rain or shine. On some very rare occasions, when the weather is particularly dramatic, some outdoor sites may be closed. On these occasions we will try to contact you in advance, where we have warning.
What’s the difference between a ‘group’ and a ‘private’ tour?
A group tour is one where you join a group of other travellers and a single guide – our groups are usually around 12 people, although they can be a little larger, particularly on day trips. Because our groups are so small, you’ll still find it easy to hear and interact with your guide and it's more effective than a private tour, which is when you pay to have your own personal tour guide (and/or transfer) just for you.
Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 08:15:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.