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Guided tour of St Peter's Basilica and the Cupola

This reserved entrance guided tour offers a chance to appreciate the wonders of the Basilica and includes a visit to the Dome or Cupola with its fantastic views of Rome.

With reserved entrance into both the Basilica and the Dome, you'll be in the hands of expert guides. You'll take the elevator up to the base of the Cupola - avoiding the 171 steps - and enjoy a breathtaking view of the interior of the Basilica. From there you can head upstairs to enjoy breathtaking views of the Eternal City, the Vatican Gardens and the panorama of Rome. The tour then continues to the interior of the Basilica where your guide will point out some of the most important features and secrets of St Peter's.

The tour lasts two hours, is available throughout the week and is conducted in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.

This tour requires a degree of physical fitness, and is not suitable for over-75's or for sufferers of vertigo or claustrophobia.

Please note that there is a strict dress code for the Vatican - shoulders and knees must be covered and low cut/sleeveless tops and shorts are not permitted for men or women. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted to enter the Vatican.

It is obligatory to leave the following items outside: suitcases, backpacks and containers larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm, bags and backpacks that jut out by more than 15 cm from the body, baby strollers/buggies, medium to large umbrellas, any umbrella with a spike, walking sticks (unless necessary due to disablement), tripods for cameras and video cameras, signs of any kind, knives, scissors, tools and any items that could be used to harm people or damage works of art.
It is forbidden to enter the Vatican with firearms or any kind of weapon.

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4.8 stars out of 5 from 20 ratings. See all 18 reviews

5 stars
SB, United States
21st Mar 2017
We really enjoyed going to the top of the Cupola
5 stars
AV, United States
18th Sep 2016
Perhaps one of the best guided tours I have taken in my life. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and was very effective keeping the group engage in the tour. I would recommend it to anyone.
5 stars
CB, Australia
11th Sep 2016
It was great Thank you
5 stars
AC, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
26th Jun 2016
The tour was excellent with knowledgeable guides and a momentous visit.
5 stars
PB, Australia
24th May 2016
Both guides were great. Our first guide took us through St Peters Cathedral which was not as busy as the day earlier due to the Pope giving his blessings that morning. The highlight of our visit though was the Cupola and our guide Catalina was very good. The tour should point out that although there is a lift to the base of the dome, there are then over 300 narrow, winding steps, as some in our group pulled out when they found out what was required. We did not though and the visit to the top of the Dome gave magnificent views of Vatican City and Rome itself.
5 stars
DM, Scotland United Kingdom (Great Britain)
9th Mar 2016
Very well organised..our two guides were very knowledgeable and friendly they kept us totally in grossed throughout..would definitely recommend