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St. Peter's Dome (Cupola di San Pietro)
St. Peter's Dome (Cupola di San Pietro)

St. Peter's Dome (Cupola di San Pietro)

Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City, Italy

The Basics

St. Peter’s Dome is one of the most popular sights in Rome, so booking a skip-the-line St. Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) tour is essential to avoid waiting in long lines, especially in the busy summer months. Tours of the dome and basilica are also included in most Vatican tours, which typically include access to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican gardens. The entrance to the dome is at the portico of the basilica, and views are both internal over the basilica’s main altar and external over the city of Rome.

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Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
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Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
US$45.64 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Good tour
The tour guide was informative. We covered the whole basilica. The dome climb was great. Would highly recommend.
Terence_Y, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
A visit to St Peter’s worth the view from the Dome
Julia_B, May 2022
Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
An excellent guide who kept us interested all throughout the wait to get in. We did not have long as visit was at 8.45 - well worth getting up early for. St Peter’s and the dome were fascinating but the grotto is not really interesting unless you enjoy seeing the very boring coffins of past popes. All very clean and not what you’d expect for a grotto. Otherwise a worthwhile visit.
star-4
Don't miss this.
Geraldine_C, Jul 2022
Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
Very good tour. Just a little scary trying to understand exactly where the meeting point was, I think we walked right past it twice. Shop vendor very helpful in this regard. We did the tour on a religious holiday, so luckily we did not have to wait long at all to get in. Tour guide very pleasant and informative.
star-5
Get tickets early 🔥
Barbara_G, Jul 2022
St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides
Get there early cuz lines are long. Beautiful visit. Plan to stay 2-3 hours at least. Bring water, it’s haute 🔥
star-5
Extremely happy
Katherine_H, Jul 2022
St. Peter Basilica and Dome Small-Group Tour
Out of all of our tours in Rome, St. Peter Basilica and Dome Small Group Tour was our favorite. We had an amazing guide who was very knowledgeable. We (even my husband who is very hard to please) are extremely happy with our experience.
star-5
Great but almost missed it due to meeting point inaccuracy
Jeanne_S, Jul 2022
St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides
The tour was really great. Only problem was that the meeting point on my voucher wasn't correct and if it wasn't for a guide from another company calling the company my tour was with, we would have missed our tour. Information should always be correct on your voucher. Meeting point is critical.
star-4
Best tour guide !!
Christine_F, Jul 2022
St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides
Our guide was tremendous, with an unbiased and fact based tour of the St. Peter’s. I cannot recall his name—starts with an N and he is Lebanese—but he was the best tour guide I experienced in Rome. In my haste and in the heat I neglected to read the fine print about the length of time it takes to go thru the security queue BEFORE you can join the tour. It moves fairly gast but leave plenty of time.
star-5
Great tour guide!
Sarah_F, Jun 2022
Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. He knew a lot about the architecture of St Peter’s and was able to highlight all of the major things to see. I would definitely recommend this tour to others.
star-4
Not to be missed
Nitin_K, Jun 2022
Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
A good 3 hrs tour but exhausting…. Lots of walking and climbing the stairs…. Our guide Zoye or Zoya was really good and kept on speaking about the basilica.. but because of the hot weather it became tiresome after a certain time .
star-5
Highly recommend
Lorena_G, Jun 2022
Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. She was never in a hurry and had a lot of patience.!!!
star-5
Excellent
Jean_M, Jun 2022
St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides
Learning about the history of the basilica. The guide was knowledgeable. The pace as good. Our teenager enjoyed it as well.
star-5
Awesome!
Lorelei_S, May 2022
Early Morning St Peter’s Basilica Tour with Dome Climb
What a great experience with Alicia. Highly recommend! We learned so much about st peters square from the guide and the climb was the icing on the cake!
star-5
The Dome visit excellent...
Mria_S, Jun 2022
St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides
The Dome visit excellent experience and out guide Daniella kept a very interesting tour. We loved the interesting details sha shared with us.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • You must pass through a security check to access the dome—banned items include pocketknives, corkscrews, and umbrellas.

  • The dress code in the basilica and dome requires that shoulders and knees are covered.

  • The dome is partially accessible to wheelchair users. There is an elevator to the roof level (or you can climb the 320 steps), but only a spiral staircase provides access to the cupola at the highest point of the dome (another 200 steps).

  • Views are dizzying from the top of St. Peter’s Dome, so visiting the top is not recommended for anyone afraid of heights.

  • Kids especially enjoy the invigorating climb and views, so consider joining a small-group tour tailored to families if traveling with children.

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How to Get There

St. Peter’s Basilica is located on St. Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro) in Vatican City. The closest metro station is Ottaviano.

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When to Get There

The dome is open to the public daily. Early morning is the best time to visit, both to beat the crowds and to catch the optimal light for photographing the view.

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St. Peter’s Dome History

Like Rome, St. Peter’s Dome wasn’t built in a day. Work began on the basilica in 1506, initially overseen by Roman architect Donato Bramante and later passed on to successors such as Raphael and Bernini. Yet it was Michelangelo who took on the task of completing the dome, proposing a design based on those of previous architects. After his death, his assistants continued the work and, in the end, it was Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana, under the appointment of Pope Sixtus V, who saw the completion of the dome in 1590.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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