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The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

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Overview

Begin your Vatican experience a little differently with a climb up the dome of St. Peter's Basilica with a guide. After getting sweeping views of Vatican City and Rome beyond, proceed inside for a guided tour of the church itself, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. This half-day tour takes place in the morning, before much of the crowds arrive at the Vatican.
  • Save time with skip-the-line Vatican tickets
  • Sweeping views of Rome from St. Peter's Basilica dome
  • Comprehensive tour of the basilica, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel
  • Art historian guide provides in-depth commentary
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St. Peter's Dome Climb to the top of Michelangelo's Cupola for truly amazing views of Rome!
Get into the Vatican Museums fast with our no lines priority access ticket and a local expert guide
Catch all the classic and ancient sculptures inside world famous chambers, halls and galleries
Immersive Sistine Chapel inside experience and a panel-by-panel tour of Michelangelo's ceiling
Full tour of entire St. Peter's Basilica covering all the major works of art and sculpture therein
Tour of little-known Papal Sarcophagi beneath St. Peter's Basilica which we call "Vatacombs"
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Largo del Colonnato, 1 , Largo del Colonnato, 1, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Meet at 745am for 8am departure by the Tiare fountain (Fontana delle Tiare), just beneath Largo del Colonnato and in front of the pillars which run around Saint Peter's Square. · Your guide will be holding a When in Rome Tours signboard. Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/vZvCNgmmozFLnzT3A

8:00 AM
Piazza Papa Pio XII , Piazza Papa Pio XII, Roma RM, Italy

The tour concludes on St. Peter's Square beside St. Peter's Basilica.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • On days immediately surrounding religious holidays at the Vatican, alterations to tours may become necessary due to partial closings of areas normally included in this tour. In the event that the Papal tombs beneath St. Peter's Basilica are closed, the tour of the Basilica itself will be extended and no refunds made
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Maximum 20 travelers on this tour, hand sanitizer made available (we will provide), mandatory mask-wearing on the tour (bring your own)
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY When In Rome Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb.
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What is the policy on sanitization during The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb.
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What is the social distancing policy during The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "It was very hot but it was 90 out side skip the li e is a must as the wait was at least 2 hours or more in the hot sun ." See review
  • "The Climb to the top with "When in Rome Tours" is highly recommended, even by grandma!" See review
  • "Give yourself time to walk to the meeting point for Vatican museum and Sistine chapel tour." See review

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The BEST way to see and do The Vatican City.
Christina_H
, Nov 2021
We were fortunate to visit the Vatican City in October during Covid where the crowds were considerably less. We met in the morning, and never felt over crowded or that the Basilica, museums, or Sistine Chapel were too full to enjoy them fully. We met our guide, Chiara, first thing and immediately her energy was captivating! She got to know each of us and engaged with us throughout the tour, setting us up for what to expect with each turn. She was extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor- keeping us excited throughout the tour- which was in all honesty a long, but amazing day. Even though it was long, I feel that this was the way to truly experience the Vatican City. We most likely will not get a chance to return, so we wanted to see and do all of the things. The dome climb was challenging, but worth it and you can go at your own pace. The tour after is beautiful as we admire the mosaics, architecture, and sculptures within the Basilica. You get a short break before meeting up again at the museum. The museum is vast, you could spend hours and hours here- but Chiara was fantastic at giving us the overview of the best parts. Then the tour ends at the Sistine Chapel- which again Chiara does a phenomenal job of educating us on this before we enter. Sure, you could see these attractions on your own, but the knowledge and insight that a guide can provide you with arms you to fully appreciate what you are seeing. I knew very little going into this tour and had I not learned so much I wouldn't have appreciated it nearly as much as I did. Do the full experience- you might be tired after but you won't regret it! And if you get Chiara, you really hit the jackpot of all tours!
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Very well organised /...
christopher_g
, Oct 2021
Very well organised / great guide/wonderful experience/highly recommended / quite trying especially if busy and hot I guess
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Highly Recommended Overview Tour
Stephen_S
, Oct 2021
My wife and I had been to the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica a few years ago on our own and subsequently took this guided tour to get a deeper understanding of what we were seeing. Massimo was an excellent and entertaining guide who really new his stuff and provided an invaluable narrative for our journey. The climb to the top of the basilica dome was quite challenging with a COVID mask on and there were a couple of people in our group who had to pause to rest partway. The view at top was nice but I would say could be skipped if you’re worried about the climb. The basilica tour and “vatacombs” was very interesting but quick. We didn’t pause at any point, just walked and talked. This was also the case for a good portion of the Vatican tour. There’s so much to see that the tour must move along at a good pace and so we didn’t stop for more than a couple minutes at even the most important exhibits and simply walked through most others. I feel like this is a great overview tour to learn the major highlights and then you need to retrace the route on your own to spend more time, especially once you are in the rooms with the paintings and at the final quarter with the thousands of artifacts in display cases. So recommended as a primer tour then repeat on your own.
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We couldn’t have asked...
James_B
, Oct 2021
We couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide than Chiara! She made the tour fun, was extremely knowledgeable and always engaging! I completely recommend doing this tour and climbing to the top of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. The view from the top is absolutely breathtaking and worth the 500+ stair climb to get there. The only thing I will say is that the tour definitely runs closer to 5 hours rather than 4. Overall, a fantastic tour of the Vatican!
star-5
Great tour and great guide!
Galina_G
, Oct 2021
It has been a wonderful tour! Our guide Massimo was knowledgeable about the history of the Vatican and the collections we were able to see. Booking early entrance gave us option to avoid crowds- at least partially. Massimo has been very knowledgeable but also entertaining. We had a great time! Would highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for taking the time to review your Vatican tour with Massimo - he is wonderful and we're happy to know that you agree!
star-5
Fabulous St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel Experience
Roy_B
, Oct 2021
We had an awesome time! This is a long tour with a lot of information, and it only becomes an awesome an memorable tour when you have an excellent guide, like Chiara. She is upbeat, informative, and keeps the momentum going with funny anecdotes and enthusiasm. Chiara is the guide you want, otherwise this could be long and droll experience (speaking from personal experience 3 years ago).
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review for your tour of the Vatican - Chiara is indeed a tour guide extraordinaire!! It was a pleasure having you with us in Rome - till next time!
star-5
Outstanding tour by Chiara
Heidi_L
, Oct 2021
Chiara was outstanding tour guide well worth taking this tour. As an art historian she was knowledgeable and passionate and her delivery was outstanding . She engaged all the group all of different ages abs from different countries .
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review for your tour of the Vatican - Chiara is indeed a tour guide extraordinaire!! It was a pleasure having you with us in Rome - till next time!
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Chira our tour guide is rome’s best kept secret!
Stacy_C
, Sep 2021
Chiara was such an amazing tour guide- with history stories and the best personality! She is quick witted and so knowledgeable- she saw us as her canadian friends and had such a great memory!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review for your tour of the Vatican - Chiara is indeed a tour guide extraordinaire!! It was a pleasure having you with us in Rome - till next time!
1 traveler found this review helpful
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When in Rome Tours is great.
Bruce_B
, Sep 2021
The view from the top of Saint Peter’s Basilica was amazing. Well worth the climb up. The Basilica was jaw dropping and the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are absolutely a must to see when in Rome. Our tour guide, Chiara, had such a great personality and knowledge. Her degree in Art and History really shines through. She made the tour come alive and kept us all entertained. I would highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you Bruce for taking the time to write such a glowing review for your tour of the Vatican - Chiara is indeed a tour guide extraordinaire!! It was a pleasure having you with us in Rome - till next time!
star-5
Amazing!
JodiLee_from_Ireland
, Sep 2021
Amazing trip, Chiara the guide was excellent, she timed it all well so we got enough time for everything and didn't feel rushed but we kept to schedule. She was very knowledgeable about everything and very personable. The sights itself were amazing and the view from the top of the dome was incredible even if it was quite a treck climbing all those stairs to get up there
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review for your tour of the Vatican - Chiara is indeed a tour guide extraordinaire!! It was a pleasure having you with us in Rome - till next time!

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