Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

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Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

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Discover the wonders of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica on this top to bottom tour with a professional guide. Climb to the upper level of the Dome and soak up panoramic views of Rome, then go underground to admire the historic grottoes. 

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 hours
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English, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Climb to the top of the Dome to admire panoramic views of Rome
  • Admire the Basilica's array of impressive marble, ceilings, and mosaics
  • Visit St. Peter’s Tomb and touch the original 4th century Basilica walls
  • Explore the underground grottoes and marvel at the ancient frescoes
  • Choose between a small group or private tour
Full description
Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square then start the tour by climbing your way to the top of the Basilica’s Dome. Enjoy an exclusive look at the Dome’s impressive mosaics then head further up to the top balcony. From here, marvel at panoramic views across the city, spot the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and other iconic landmarks. Descend directly into the Basilica and avoid the long entry queue. Inside, admire its impressive interior and discover why it took 150 years to build. Gaze at the colorful marble, golden ceilings, and intricate mosaics that surround you. Learn about the renowned works of Renaissance and Neoclassic artists that are housed here.  Next, head underground to the Basilica’s historic grottoes and visit St. Peter’s Tomb (if option selected). Touch the ancient walls of the original 4th century Basilica and admire its beautiful frescoes. Finish the tour in St. Peter’s Square and soak up its majestic architecture. 
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Entry fees to the top of the Dome
  • Sterilized headsets to hear your guide better
  • One mask per person, if required
  • Use of hand sanitizer during the tour
  • Full on-site assistance
    Not suitable for
    • People with claustrophobia
    • People with vertigo
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers must bring their own headphones
    • Customers must fill out a travel information form
    • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide at Largo del Colonnato 5, by the first columns of the Colonnade. Look for a yellow label with TOURIKS on it.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Weapons or sharp objects
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    • The Dome's terrace might not be accessible during bad weather. In that case, you can ask for a partial refund and visit the other areas, or cancel for a full refund
    • Modest clothing is required to enter the Basilica (knees and shoulders should be covered)
    • Please be aware that the lines to clear security checks at the entrance are not skippable and may take 5-45 minutes
    • You will be required to pass through metal detectors at the entrance of the square
    • The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are not part of this tour
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 / 5

    based on 18 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Value for money
      5/5
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    Very well organized tour, the guide explained us a lot of things about the Basilica, the Vatican, but also many other monuments of Rome. He left us our "spaces" without ever rushing, so much so that the tour (which was supposed to last about an hour and a half) in the end lasted 2 and a half hours! The climb to the dome is very beautiful and suggestive, the view is one of the most spectacular over all of Rome. I recommend this tour to everyone.

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    May 30, 2021

    Sarah, notre guide, a été exceptionnelle et sympathique le tout dans un français parfait. Elle maîtrise à la perfection l'histoire et l'historique du lieu et elle a su répondre à toutes nos questions durant la visite, prouvant à nouveau sa qualité. C'était un moment agréable qui nous a permis d'en apprendre un maximum sur ce lieu chargé d'histoire.

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    June 14, 2021

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    Lorenzo our guide was very friendly and gave us a great tour. His German was perfect and he answered all of our questions. Even helped us with the stroller. I can only recommend it.

    June 9, 2021

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