Rome: St. Peter’s Basilica, Dome Climb, & Papal Crypts Tour

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of St. Peter's Basilica from an entirely new vantage point as you ascend to the pinnacle of the dome. Next, join your expert guide on a fascinating journey through the awe-inspiring interior and the mysterious underground crypts of the Vatican.


Embark on a thrilling adventure to the pinnacle of St. Peter's Basilica, where breathtaking vistas of the Vatican and Rome await. Join your knowledgeable guide on an unforgettable journey that delves into the heart of this iconic landmark. Begin in St. Peter's Square, where you'll meet your guide and ascend to the first level of the dome, accessing the balcony with its stunning views. Be mesmerized by the intricate mosaics depicting saints, the majestic Latin inscriptions encircling the dome, and the magnificent canopy designed by Bernini. As you listen to your guide's fascinating stories and historical insights, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the dome's artistic and Renaissance heritage. Next, take the spiral staircase to the summit of the dome, where you'll enjoy some independent exploration time. As you climb higher, you'll pass by windows offering tantalizing glimpses of the Vatican rooftops below. Finally, after 320 steps, you'll reach the panoramic viewing platform, an astonishing 448 feet above the basilica floor. From this lofty vantage point, marvel at the breathtaking views of Rome, including the Vatican Gardens, the Colosseum, and the Pantheon. After descending from the dome, you'll bypass the long lines, as the stairs lead you directly to the basilica floor. With your guide, navigate the basilica's stunning chapels, statues, and pilgrim sites, before exploring the underground crypts, where you'll discover the final resting place of numerous popes and royalty dating back to the 11th century.

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