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Underground Grottoes and Vatican Dome Tour

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City

2 - 3 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

14 people




Underground Grottoes and Vatican Dome Tour

This Not-To-Miss Vatican Dome Tour Will Fascinate You More Than You May Expect!

One of the famous tourist magnets in Italy is the St. Peters Basilica. Built in the 4th century, it is the place where St. Peters is said to be buried, and he was the chief disciple of Jesus Christ. This makes this place hold a special holy place in every Christian heart.

Discover Vatican Dome Tour

The St Peters Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour gives you an exciting chance to explore the spiritual setting of old, central Rome. During the 2 to 3 hours tour, you can gaze at the architectural beauty created by Emperor Constantine and contemplate how the builders successfully achieved their engineering goals, which still takes our breaths away to this date. Michelangelo was a young boy, only 24 years when he completed the sculpture named ‘The Pity.’ It is present at the Basilica, and it is praised by admirers from all around the world.

The Vatican Dome Climb Tickets will allow you to climb on top and enjoy a broader look at the Vatican City, with all its various historical structures. After that, you may want to take the Vatican Underground Tour, during which you will stroll across the Basilica’s historic grottoes and head towards St. Peter’s Tomb. Exciting, isn’t it?

Why book with us?

Because if you buy the Vatican Dome Tickets from us, we will get special privileges. We arrange daily tours of small groups of 14 participants. This will allow you to book a tour on any day at your convenience. You will also avoid crowds and enjoy the tour quietly. You will be accompanied by a skilled English-speaking tour guide, who will fill you in with interesting tales about the place.

Safety measures in place

  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce the crowds

Traveler Requirements

  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

Important Information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know Before You Go

  • The Dome’s terrace might not be accessible during bad weather. In that case, you can ask for a partial refund and visit the other areas, or cancel for a full refund
  • Modest clothing is required to enter the Basilica (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Please be aware that the lines to clear security checks at the entrance are not skippable and may take 5-45 minutes
  • The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Necropoli are not part of this tour
  • The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter’s square and the security checks


  • Climb to the top of the Dome to admire panoramic views of Rome
  • Admire the Basilica's array of impressive marble, ceilings, and mosaics
  • Visit St. Peter’s Tomb and touch the original 4th century Basilica walls
  • Explore the underground grottoes and marvel at the ancient frescoes
  • Choose between a small group or private tour


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Basilica Dome

The massive building of St. Peters Basilica is one of the largest structures in the world. Within its huge area of 23,000 square meters, it houses impressive marble works, eye-catching ceilings, and delicate mosaics. Climbing on top of its Dome provides an opportunity to have a wide look at the surrounding buildings and related areas, all of which carry an immense historical and religious significance.

Underground Grottoes

While walking down the underground grottoes, you can appreciate the grandeur of the place by touching its old walls and examining the various statues. Paying a visit to the saints and popes resting in the depths of this Catholic monument will surely be an unforgettable experience. During your walk, you will see soldiers of the Swiss Guard. You will have a chance to admire their uniforms, which Michelangelo had once designed long ago. Other artists who contributed to adding glory to the place through their work include Bramante, Bernini, and Maderno.


  • Professional guide
  • Entry fees to the top of the Dome
  • Sterilized headsets to hear your guide better
  • Use of hand sanitizer during the tour
  • Full on-site assistance
  • Vatican Museums entry
  • Sistine Chapel entry
  • Vatican Necropolis entry

Tour Length

2 - 3 hours

Group Size

Up To 14 People

Tour Type

Small Group Tour

Tour's Location

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City


Can my children come along with me on this tour?
Members of all ages may take this tour. However, children aged 2 to 15 have a different ticket price than an adult aged 16 and above.
What must I do in case a fire breaks out?
In case of any emergency, you must head to the assembly point, which is situated outside the Basilica building, right before entering the security checks. Our tour guide and other officials will help you find it.
What if it starts raining and I can’t make it to the Dome?
In case of bad weather, your ticket will be partially or fully refundable, and you can go on to visit other areas.
Can I visit the Vatican Museum with this ticket?
This tour excludes The Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums, and Vatican Necropoli.
What is the dress code?
Visitors are expected to show modesty in their styles. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are prohibited for both men and women, and the knees and shoulders must be properly covered.
How secure is this area?
There will be strict security checks at the entrance points to ensure maximum security in the area. The checking procedure might take 5 to 45 minutes. Weapons are not allowed.


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