St. Peter’s Basilica Dome To Underground Grottoes Tour


A trip to the Vatican is incomplete without visiting the largest church in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica. 

Through this St. Peter’s Basilica ticket explore the architectural beauty of this historically important spectacle starting from St. Peter’s Square and ending with the St. Peter’s Basilica grottoes inside St. Peter’s Basilica. 

Take a guided tour to wander around and inside this attraction while soaking in the rich history as told by a professional guide. 

Visit St. Peter’s Basilica’s dome, the tallest in the world at a height of more than 400 feet. 

Observe the detailed engravings and know their history by them with your guide. 

This tour is in English, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, Russian, Spanish and Chinese. 

Ticket Includes:

When you buy this popular St. Peter’s Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour you get:

  • Live professional tour guide 
  • Entry to the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica by elevator 
  • Access to underground grottoes and St. Peter’s tomb
  • An option to book in a small group(maximum 8 people) and private tour
  • Access to sterilized headsets for the tour 
  • Cancellation upto 24 hours prior to visit for a full refund

Ticket excludes:

This St. Peter’s Basilica ticket does not include access to Vatican museums, the Sistine chapel or the Vatican Necropolis. 

Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free therefore there is no skip-the-line option for this attraction. 

Ticket Prices:

This St. Peter’s Basilica tour comes with the option of touring with a small group, a semi-private tour and a completely private tour. 

Small Group Tour:

This is the most affordable option if you want to get a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica with dome and grottoes access. 

Visitors’ AgeTour Price (€)
Adult ticket(17 to 99 years)€49
Child ticket(4 to 16 years)€45
Infant ticket(3 years and younger)Free entry 

Semi-Private Tour:

In this semi-private tour the maximum number of participants is 8. 

Visitors’ AgeTour Price (€)
Adult ticket(17 to 99 years)€65
Child ticket(4 to 16 years)€54
Infant ticket(3 years and younger)Free entry 

Private Tour:

If you want a complete hands-on tour of the attraction then this is your best bet. 

Visitors’ AgeTour Price (€)
Adult ticket(17 to 99 years)€249
Child ticket(4 to 16 years)€89
Infant ticket(3 years and younger)Free entry

Things to know 

Through this St. Peter’s Basilica ticket you get a guided tour of the basilica including the Dome and Grottoes therefore it will take you 1.5 to 2 hours to finish the tour. 

If you’re visiting on a bad weather day you might not get access to the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica

In that case, you can ask for a full or partial refund as per your preference. 

The line at the entrance of the basilica is often long and the wait might take upto an hour or more so you must come prepared. 

What to wear and carry 

  • Comfortable clothing and footwear 
  • A pair of headphones 

Prohibited items and clothing 

You cannot carry weapons or sharp objects past security. 

If you’re carrying luggage or large bags you’ll have to leave them at the security check. 

As for clothing, shorts and sleeveless shirts are not allowed.

Not suitable for:

People with claustrophobia 

People with vertigo 

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