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Group or Private Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt provided by Walks of Italy

Group or Private Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt

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Overview
St. Peter’s Basilica is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest and most famous churches. On this small-group tour of the landmark, you’ll beat the crowds and enjoy guaranteed admission to its lofty dome, as well as the papal crypt—a side of the basilica that most visitors miss. Learn about the history of this icon, and see the Renaissance–era masterpieces hidden inside its walls.
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You'll start at
Piazza della Città Leonina
Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Roma RM, ItalyIn front of 'Bar Leonina', in Piazza Citta' Leonina, just outside St. Peter's Square.
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    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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    St. Peter's Square
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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St. Peter's Basilica
Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican CityOn St. Peter's terrace
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Highlights
  • A small-group tour makes for a personal way to discover this landmark
  • Enjoy guaranteed admission to the basilica’s soaring dome
  • Explore the papal crypt, which most tour groups miss
  • See the church’s famous masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s Pietà
What to Expect
Meet your guide at a convenient location just outside of St. Peter’s Square. In order to beat the crowds, and make the most of this world-famous landmark before long lines form, the tour kicks off in the early morning. See the Swiss Guard in St. Peter’s Square before entering the basilica. With just a small group for company, you’re promised an intimate way of discovering the church. Your first stop is the basilica’s soaring dome, to which you have guaranteed admission. Board an elevator to its first viewing platform before walking up several hundred stairs to its summit, which offers panoramic views overlooking the city. Next, you’ll return to ground level and will discover some of the artistic masterpieces hidden within the church, including Bernini’s bronze altar and Michelangelo’s Pietà. Learn more of the stories and history behind St. Peter's Basilica from your guide. Your final stop is the papal crypt—a part of the landmark most visitors don’t see. Descend into its silent depths and discover some of its most significant tombs before the tour concludes.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
2h
Return Details
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Inclusions
  • Small groups of max 15 people
  • Expert English Speaking local guide
  • Pre-reserved tickets to climb St Peter’s Basilica Dome with elevator access
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Square
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Due to Covid19, until the end of 2020, this tour will be amended to ensure your safety
  • St Peter's Basilica may be subject to visit restrictions, including limited access to the Dome climb and Papal tombs. Your tour will be amended on the day to offer you the most comprehensive experience available.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please remember that St. Peter's Basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note, this tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
  • Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the Basilica. However, large bags, pointy umbrellas and objects must be left at the bag check situated at the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica, next to the official audio-guides desk.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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donaldr728 wrote a review Jan 2020
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Once again superb organisation from this firm. This is my 4th tour with Walks of Italy in France and in Italy. Every tour has had skilled leaders and the delivery of the advertised tour is even more than expected. There is the balance between interest and information from the
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Group or Private Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
Responded Jan 8, 2020
Hello donaldr728, Thank you indeed for your kind and thoughtful words, all of the team here at Walks truly appreciates them! We pour all of our passion and hard work into ensuring that each one of our guests has an outstanding experience with us, so it is incredibly inspiring to hear this feedback. We promise to keep up the hard work, as we aim to provide even more of our guests with treasured memories. We are thrilled that you had had some great times with us yet again and look forward to welcoming you back on your next adventure abroad! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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mkcbrock wrote a review Jan 2020
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Although we did not see the crypt due to a last minute schedule change by the Vatican, this experience was terrific! Guide was so knowledgeable and the view from the dome was unbelievable. While you don’t climb the entire staircase, there’s still about 200 steps in a narrow
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Group or Private Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
Responded Jan 6, 2020
Hello mkcbrock, We are so glad to know that you had a terrific time with us in the Vatican, and that the Dome climb was so spectacular for you! It is certainly a shame that the Vatican's schedule changes restricted access to the crypts, but thankfully we were able to provide you with a worthwhile experience regardless. Thanks again for joining us, and for your kind review. Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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lgallagher42 wrote a review Dec 2019
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This is a great tour! We learned so much, saw parts of St. Peter's that you normally wouldn't see and had a great tour guide. The climb to the dome is incredible but can be a little scary at times so prepare yourself. It's more than worth it once you see the view from the top
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Group or Private Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
Responded Jan 6, 2020
Hello lgallagher42, It is true the climb of St. Peter's Basilica can seem a little daunting at first, but it certainly is worth it to see those picturesque views from the top. We thank you for choosing Walks to share this experience with! We hope you will get the opportunity to tour with us again soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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Santy P wrote a review Nov 2019
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Worth all the long lines and the almost 500 steps mostly spiral going to the Dome viewing deck. You have an awesome 360 degree view of the City.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Group or Private Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
Responded Nov 27, 2019
Hi Santy P, It is such a pleasure to learn that you enjoyed our Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt. We agree the 360-degree view of the city is awesome and is a must when in Rome! Thank you for sharing this walk with us, and we hope to see you again soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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Lazaro D wrote a review Nov 2019
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i need my money back because when we arrived on time in the place indicated nobody was there,waiting for us
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Group or Private Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
Responded Nov 6, 2019
Hello Lazaro D, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, it is much appreciated. We are very disappointed to hear that you were unable to locate your tour group and join us for our Complete St Peters Basilica Tour, as we always do our utmost to ensure that each of our guests has the information necessary for their tour. Please feel free to contact us on info@takewalks so that we can investigate and resolve this for you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you, The Walks Team
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