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St. Peter's Dome (Cupola di San Pietro) Tours

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St. Peter's Dome (Cupola di San Pietro)
St. Peter's Dome (Cupola di San Pietro), one of Italy’s most famous monuments, doesn't technically stand on Italian soil—it sits atop St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Michelangelo’s architectural masterpiece is a symbol for Catholics around the globe and, as the highest dome in the world, offers spectacular views across St. Peter’s Square and Rome.

The Basics
St. Peter’s Dome is one of the most popular sights in Rome, so booking a skip-the-line St. Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) tour is essential to avoid waiting in long lines, especially in the busy summer months. Tours of the dome and basilica are also included in most Vatican tours, which typically include access to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican gardens. The entrance to the dome is at the portico of the basilica, and views are both internal over the basilica’s main altar and external over the city of Rome.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • You must pass through a security check to access the dome—banned items include pocketknives, corkscrews, and umbrellas.
  • The dress code in the basilica and dome requires that shoulders and knees are covered.
  • The dome is partially accessible to wheelchair users. There is an elevator to the roof level (or you can climb the 320 steps), but only a spiral staircase provides access to the cupola at the highest point of the dome (another 200 steps).
  • Views are dizzying from the top of St. Peter’s Dome, so visiting the top is not recommended for anyone afraid of heights.
  • Kids especially enjoy the invigorating climb and views, so consider joining a small-group tour tailored to families if traveling with children.

How to Get There
St. Peter’s Basilica is located on St. Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro) in Vatican City. The closest metro station is Ottaviano.

When to Get There
The dome is open to the public daily. Early morning is the best time to visit, both to beat the crowds and to catch the optimal light for photographing the view.

St. Peter’s Dome History
Like Rome, St. Peter’s Dome wasn’t built in a day. Work began on the basilica in 1506, initially overseen by Roman architect Donato Bramante and later passed on to successors such as Raphael and Bernini. Yet it was Michelangelo who took on the task of completing the dome, proposing a design based on those of previous architects. After his death, his assistants continued the work and, in the end, it was Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana, under the appointment of Pope Sixtus V, who saw the completion of the dome in 1590.
Address: Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City, Italy
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Fast Track Access Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica Tour

Fast Track Access Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica Tour

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Save time, and head straight to the Vatican’s most popular sights and attractions, on this seamless and speedy tour. Pick from morning or afternoon departure times, and meet your guide. With skip-the-line tickets, you’ll beat the crowds and head straight into the Vatican Museums. Discover the Sistine Chapel at your own pace, and follow your guide directly to the museums’ other highlights. Your final stop is at the neighboring St. Peter’s Basilica.
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  • 3 hours
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$71.59
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St. Peter's Basilica : Fast Entry Guided Tour with Vatican official guides

St. Peter's Basilica : Fast Entry Guided Tour with Vatican official guides

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To dig deep into the history and art of St Peter’s Basilica, explore the church on a walking tour with a Vatican guide. From St Peter’s Square, walk to the basilica, jumping past the entrance queue with your No Wait Access Ticket. Inside, listen to stories about the popes, pilgrims and Renaissance art masters who have left their marks on this iconic Catholic site, whose Michelangelo-designed dome dominates the Rome skyline.
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  • 1 hour
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Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb and Tour with Papal Crypts

Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb and Tour with Papal Crypts

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While Vatican City is home to many bucket list attractions, one of the hardest ones to see is often St. Peter’s Dome. Because most travelers visit St. Peter’s Basilica after the Vatican Museums, the line to climb the dome can get pretty extensive as the day goes on. This tour allows you to enter St. Peter’s Basilica right when it opens, allowing you to climb the dome while most travelers are touring the Vatican Museums.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Skip-the-Line Vatican Sistine Chapel St Peter Basilica & Dome climb Private Tour

Skip-the-Line Vatican Sistine Chapel St Peter Basilica & Dome climb Private Tour

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Enjoy a streamlined way to explore several of the Vatican’s busiest and most in-demand attractions on this private tour. Meet your guide outside the Vatican Museums and, with your skip-the-line entry, head right inside. Visit various galleries before touring Michelangelo’s world-famous Sistine Chapel. Next, transfer to St. Peter’s Basilica, located right next door, where you’ll take an elevator to its dome to see its embellishments up close. Ascend further up a flight of stairs, if you wish, for panoramic city views.
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  • 4 hours
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Vatican Skip the Line Private Tour including St Peter's Basilica and Dome

Vatican Skip the Line Private Tour including St Peter's Basilica and Dome

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Avoid the long waits and massive crowds of a visit to Vatican City with a private highlights tour. Skip the notoriously long lines to enter the Vatican Museums, and explore the most important galleries filled with art by Renaissance masters plus the quiet serenity of the Sistine Chapel. Then head over to St. Peter's Basilica before it fills with tourists, where you’ll catch an elevator ride to the first floor of the dome before climbing the rest of the way to the top for spectacular views.
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  • 3 hours
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Michelangelo's Vatican Tour in Rome: Sistine Chapel, Pietà, St Peter's & Dome

Michelangelo's Vatican Tour in Rome: Sistine Chapel, Pietà, St Peter's & Dome

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Discover the genius of Renaissance master Michelangelo during this private, half-day tour of the Vatican Museums. Highlights include the famous, fresco-covered ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, a peek at Michelangelo's La Pietà (the only work he ever signed), and panoramic views overlooking the Eternal City from the top of St. Peter’s Basilica.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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 Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St.Peter's Dome, Skip the Line Access Tour

Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St.Peter's Dome, Skip the Line Access Tour

Don’t waste your valuable time waiting on lines to see the Vatican. Your guide will meet you outside the Vatican Museums and will escort you straight to the luxurious exhibitions. You’ll see the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Pinecone Courtyard. The Vatican Museum’s highlights include the stunning works of Raphael and Michelangelo that were collected by various Popes throughout the centuries.
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  • 4 hours
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Skip-the-Line St.Peter's Dome, Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour

Skip-the-Line St.Peter's Dome, Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour

Climb the 281 steps to the highest point of the Dome. At the top, your guide will point out notable points of interest from one of the best views of the entire city of Rome.
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  • 4 hours
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Exclusive Skip the Line Sistine Chapel Vatican & St.Peter's Dome Tour

Exclusive Skip the Line Sistine Chapel Vatican & St.Peter's Dome Tour

Skip the long lines and get your tour started right away. Meet your guide outside the Vatican Museums and go straight to the luxurious exhibitions and rooms such as the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Pinecone Courtyard. Highlights of the vast collection on display at the Vatican Museums include the stunning works of Raphael and Michelangelo that were collected by various Popes throughout the centuries.
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  • 4 hours
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Half-Day Private Tour in Vatican with Skip-the-Line Entry

Half-Day Private Tour in Vatican with Skip-the-Line Entry

Climb up the 281 steps to the highest point of the Dome for one of the best views of the entire city of Rome, and your guide will show you landmarks and points of interest from this birds-eye view.
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  • 4 hours
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Skip-the-Line Exclusive Vatican Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Dome Tour

Skip-the-Line Exclusive Vatican Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Dome Tour

You go through a few of the historical centers displays and rooms; Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and furthermore enter the Pinecone Courtyard. Climb the 281 steps to the highest point of the Dome. At the top, your guide will point out notable points of interest from one of the best views of the entire city of Rome.
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  • 4 hours
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Skip-the-Line Tour Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Dome

Skip-the-Line Tour Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Dome

Climb up the 281 steps to the highest point of the Dome for one of the best views of the entire city of Rome, and your guide will show you landmarks and points of interest from this birds-eye view.
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  • 4 hours
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Skip-the-Line Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St.Peter's Dome

Skip-the-Line Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St.Peter's Dome

Climb up the 281 steps to the highest point of the Dome for one of the best views of the entire city of Rome, and your guide will show you landmarks and points of interest from this birds-eye view.
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Skip the Line Private Tour Vatican, Sistine Chapel and the St.Peter's Dome

Skip the Line Private Tour Vatican, Sistine Chapel and the St.Peter's Dome

Start your Vatican tour right away with your skip-the-line tickets. You’ll meet your guide just outside the Vatican Museums,and be escorted straight in to the breathtaking exhibits. Your first stop is the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Pinecone Courtyard.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Guided Tour to Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Dome with Skip-the-Line

Private Guided Tour to Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Dome with Skip-the-Line

Climb the 281 steps to the highest point of the Dome. At the top, your guide will point out notable points of interest from one of the best views of the entire city of Rome. Skip the long lines and get your tour started right away. Visit to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica, St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter's Square with a professional art historian guide.
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  • 4 hours
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Best of Vatican Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Dome with Skip the Line Access

Best of Vatican Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Dome with Skip the Line Access

Climb the 281 steps to the highest point of the Dome. At the top, your guide will identify notable points of interest in Rome, from one of the best views of the entire city.
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Best of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel St. Peter's and the Dome

Best of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel St. Peter's and the Dome

Don’t waste your valuable time waiting on lines to see the Vatican. Your guide will meet you outside the Vatican Museums and will escort you straight to the luxurious exhibitions. You’ll see the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Pinecone Courtyard. The Vatican Museum’s highlights include the stunning works of Raphael and Michelangelo that were collected by various Popes throughout the centuries.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$277.86
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Skip the Line St.Peter's Dome,Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Skip the Line St.Peter's Dome,Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Start your Vatican tour right away with your skip-the-line tickets. You’ll meet your guide just outside the Vatican Museums,and be escorted straight in to the breathtaking exhibits. Your first stop is the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Pinecone Courtyard. Next you’ll see highlights of the impressive collections of the Vatican Museums, including the stunning works of Raphael and Michelangelo, collected by various Popes throughout the centuries.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$265.72
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Best of Rome

Best of Rome

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Cover all the main sights in Rome in a single day on this private "best of" tour. With private transportation and a guide dedicated to your group only, it will be easy to make your way around the city in an efficient way. The itinerary is flexible, but will typically include the Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's Basilica. This is a great option for those short on time in Rome.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$423.41
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Vatican Private VIP Tour With St. Peter's Basilica

Vatican Private VIP Tour With St. Peter's Basilica

Enjoy a private 3 hour tour (max 6 people) of the Vatican Museums including the Raphael Rooms and The Sistine Chapel ending with a privileged entrance to St.Peter's Basilica. Highlights include the Belvedere courtyard, Pine courtyard, Gallery of Maps ,Gallery of Tapestries ,Pio Clemente museum and the Raphael Rooms.
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  • 3 hours
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$582.41
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Sistine Chapel Raphael Rooms Private Tour

Sistine Chapel Raphael Rooms Private Tour

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Gain an intimate understanding of the Vatican Museums on a 3-hour small group tour. Save valuable time and skip the ticket line upon arrival. With a maximum group size of six people, you have ample opportunity to ask questions. A provided headset allows you to hear your guide clearly and simultaneously observe the chapel from all angles. Finish your tour with complimentary escort to St. Peter’s Basilica.
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  • 3 hours
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Small-Group Walking Tour in St Peter's Square and Basilica: Dome Top & Grottoes

Small-Group Walking Tour in St Peter's Square and Basilica: Dome Top & Grottoes

Combine a quality-guided experience of St. Peter's Square and Basilica with a climb to the top of the dome for the best panorama view of Rome. Be impressed by this art and architecture masterpiece with a small group (max. 8). Enjoy a bird's-eye view over the marble floors and take an exclusively close look at the mosaics of the dome. From the height of 136 meters, spot the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and other iconic monuments. Take delight in a breathtaking view of St. Peter's Square and the Vatican gardens. Marvel at colorful marbles, golden ceilings, and impressive mosaics all around you. Let the guide lead you through renowned works of Renaissance and Neoclassical art and get emotional in front of the Pietà of Michelangelo. Visit St. Peter's tomb, touch the ancient walls of the original 4th-century basilica and admire the beautiful frescoes in the underground grottoes. Be embraced by the colonnade in the Square and discover the visual effects wanted by its architect, Bernini.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Peter's Tomb: Exclusive Visit of the Basilica & Its Necropolis

Peter's Tomb: Exclusive Visit of the Basilica & Its Necropolis

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St. Peter’s Basilica may grab you with its grandeur, but much of its history lies in its hidden details. Head beneath the famous church and discover the Vatican necropolis, a Roman cemetery that’s said to house the relics of St. Peter the Apostle. Walk amid tombs that trace pagan Rome to the start of Christianity, then return to the basilica for a tour. Michelangelo’s ‘La Pietà’ and Bernini’s bronze baldachin are among the highlights.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vatican City Saint Peter Basilica Private visit for your family and friends

Vatican City Saint Peter Basilica Private visit for your family and friends

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St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the world’s great repositories of art and architecture and taking it in on your own can be overwhelming. With this private tour, visit with a guide to learn about this magnificent church’s history and treasures. Save time with priority access and admire the highlights inside at a more relaxed pace while you hear about the popes, saints, and artists who left their mark over the centuries.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$303.34
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Peter's Dome (Cupola di San Pietro) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 23 St. Peter's Dome (Cupola di San Pietro) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit St. Peter's Dome (Cupola di San Pietro) 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Peter's Dome (Cupola di San Pietro) costs USD 71.59. Guided St. Peter's Dome (Cupola di San Pietro) tours start around USD 71.59 per person. See all 23 St. Peter's Dome (Cupola di San Pietro) tickets and tours on Viator.
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