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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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St. Peter's Basilica
Walks of Italy

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.

  • 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago
I don't write too many reviews, but this tour and guide were great

From the start our very experienced guide- Andre- set a perfect tone and created excitement for the next 3 hours. His knowledge and passion for art, architecture, and history were evident which lead to a great morning. Excited to see how my other tour with...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wonderful and informative guide

We truly enjoyed this experience! Great company and guides. Don’t hesitate to book but wear comfortable shoes! The stairs are leg burners

Thank kodasmom
Reviewed 27 July 2018
St. Peter's Basilica Top to Bottom

The tour of Saint Peter's Basilica that included the dome climb, ground floor and the crypt level was outstanding. Our guide, Felix provided a great amount of information and kept the group moving along. The time flew by. Highly recommended.

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 26 July 2018
An unforgettable tour with an outstanding guide!

We took both the Vatican Night Tour and then the St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt the next day. Booking with Walks was very simple and their service was very responsive! My wife wanted to make sure that we saw all the...More

Thank Nima M
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile
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I at first had trouble finding the group because 1. The restaurant's, where the meeting point is, is not clear. 2.The lady was holding an A4 paper not a flag which are more visible. It must be mentioned that the stairs up to the dome...More

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16 July 2018|
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No, the Sistene Chapel is part of the Vatican Museum
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