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2 in 1 Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

by When In Rome Tours Duration 4h 30m Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is $102

Begin your day at the Vatican in a different way at the top of St. Peter's Basilica (Michelangelo's famous dome) before touring the church itself. A second, highlights tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel follows before lunch on this early morning beat-the-crowds Vatican experience.

Less than a few hundred visitors per day get up to St. Peter's Terrace, this is an incredible statistic! Nowhere else in Rome do views of the city surpass those which can be seen from Michelangelo's Dome, so for this reason we have decided to take it from the top!

Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square where you will no doubt agree that 550+ steps is rather too much early morning exertion for most. A quick ascension by elevator later will carry you up to St. Peter's Terrace, a place devoid of large tourist groups and babbling tour leaders from where you can see all of Rome and far beyond Rome too. The views are absolutely spectacular and even that is an understatement.

Back on terra firma you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this in itself is quite rare as the majority of skip the line Vatican tours skip most of St. Peter's too. A 45 minutes to 1 hour break follows before you will assemble at our comfortable air conditioned wi fi customer center ahead of a second tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel where you will experience the highlights of arguably the most important collection of art in the world. The museum, which comprises more than 1,200 galleries, includes the Rooms of Raphael, the Sistine Chapel and the Ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard.

The Sistine Chapel is located at the far end of the galleries and your guide will take the shortest possible path so that you arrive there quickly and without unnecessary waiting. Along the way, cover the most important masterpieces and your guide will ensure you don't miss a thing.

Learn about the background of the Sistine Chapel, from its commissioning to the finishing touches being applied. You’ll also learn the difference between fact and popular Hollywood fiction about the Chapel.

Begin your day at the Vatican in a different way at the top of St. Peter's Basilica (Michelangelo's famous dome) before touring the church itself. A second, highlights tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel follows before lunch on this early morning beat-the-crowds Vatican experience.

Less than a few hundred visitors per day get up to St. Peter's Terrace, this is an incredible statistic! Nowhere else in Rome do views of the city surpass those which can be seen from Michelangelo's Dome, so for this reason we have decided to take it from the top!

Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square where you will no doubt agree that 550+ steps is rather too much early morning exertion for most. A quick ascension by elevator later will carry you up to St. Peter's Terrace, a place devoid of large tourist groups and babbling tour leaders from where you can see all of Rome and far beyond Rome too. The views are absolutely spectacular and even that is an understatement.

Back on terra firma you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this in itself is quite rare as the majority of skip the line Vatican tours skip most of St. Peter's too. A 45 minutes to 1 hour break follows before you will assemble at our comfortable air conditioned wi fi customer center ahead of a second tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel where you will experience the highlights of arguably the most important collection of art in the world. The museum, which comprises more than 1,200 galleries, includes the Rooms of Raphael, the Sistine Chapel and the Ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard.

The Sistine Chapel is located at the far end of the galleries and your guide will take the shortest possible path so that you arrive there quickly and without unnecessary waiting. Along the way, cover the most important masterpieces and your guide will ensure you don't miss a thing.

Learn about the background of the Sistine Chapel, from its commissioning to the finishing touches being applied. You’ll also learn the difference between fact and popular Hollywood fiction about the Chapel.

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8:15 AM, 2 in 1 Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb in English

Duration 4h 30m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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$101.04

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2 in 1 Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

Activity Location

Vatican City 00120

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Right under the arches of Via di Porta Angelica just before you reach St. Peter's Square.

    110 Via di Porta Angelica

    Roma 00193

  • When In Rome Tours Office - Via Sebastiano Veniero 21

    21 Via Sebastiano Veniero

    Roma 00192


Highlights

  • Up to the top of St. Peter's Basilica, St. Peter's Terrace!

  • Michelangelo's Dome & St. Peter's Basilica tour

  • Expert guide inside the labyrinthine Vatican Museums

  • Ample time inside the Vatican Museums - 6 hours if you want!

  • Skip all lines entry throughout the day!


Inclusions

  • Licensed expert English speaking Art Historian guide.

  • Ascension of Michelangelo's Dome to the Terrace of Saint Peter

  • Comprehensive tour of St. Peter's Square and entire Basilica

  • Comprehensive tour of Classic and Ancient sculptures inside the world-famous Vatican Museums.

  • Comprehensive Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's ceiling tour.

  • Tour of little-known Papal Sarcophagi beneath St. Peter's Basilica (“Vatacombs”).


Exclusions

  • “Scavi” - believed to be the resting place of St. Peter (book separately through the Vatican).

  • Food and beverages.

  • Hotel pick-up / drop-off.

  • Gratuities and tips for guide.


Know Before You Book

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

  • Not wheelchair accessible

  • No minimum of people per booking

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved

  • Meet 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.