Guided tour

Rome: St Peter’s Basilica With Dome Climb Early Morning Tour

4.6 / 5

46 reviews

Activity provider: Loving Rome

Rome: St Peter’s Basilica With Dome Climb Early Morning Tour

Activity provider: Loving Rome

From US$ 30.40 per person

Discover the beauty and history of Vatican City on this guided morning tour. Explore St Peter’s Basilica, climb the famous dome, and take in the unforgettable view.

About this activity

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Duration 45 minutes
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included


  • Enjoy a live tour of the St. Peter’s Basilica and Square
  • Reach the summit of Michelangelo’s Dome
  • An English speaking guide will accompany you throughout the tour
Full description

Experience an extraordinary tour with a local guide who will show you around St. Peter’s Square, and Vatican City. In the Basilica, See the first viewing point through the Dome's elevator. Then climb up to the remaining steps towards the summit of the Basilica’s Dome.

Be among the few to witness a breathtaking view of Vatican City and its iconic seven hills. Make sure to take photographs as evidence from a once-in-a-lifetime experience from the top of the famous Vatican summit.

Go back inside the sacred Basilica with instant access. Enjoy your time and stroll at your own pace. Don't miss the historical insights that the archeological site has to offer.

  • Early morning access to the St Peter's Basilica and Square
  • Entrance ticket to the St Peter's Dome
  • Live Tour Guide
  • Headsets when needed
  • Small group of 15 person
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with claustrophobia
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with vertigo
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts. The meeting point is at Piazza della Città Leonina, near the arches, where the square meets via di Porta Angelica. Our meeting point is located at the corner of the square, on the left-hand side, next to the kiosk. Our guide will be meeting you there with a LOVING ROME SIGN.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • FFP2 mask

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through a metal detector security check before entering the St Peter's Basilica.
  • The elevators Dome only takes you to the first balcony, to climb up to the main Dome you will have to use the stairs (320 steps) which requires 20 extra minutes.
  • The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Necropoli are not part of this tour.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 46 reviews

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The meeting point was easy to find and St. Peter's Square was super empty for the 7.30am tour. Admission, including the security check, went super fast. Normal-sized backpacks can be taken along. The ascent to the dome is adventurous, but doable. The view of St. Peter's Square from above makes up for it :) The tour was super informative and incredibly personable. Many Thanks :)

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June 23, 2022

Our guide was very good, told us a lot about history of the Basilica and the square and a lot more. Be ready for more than 350 steps to climb the dome but the view from the terace is magnificent! It is also a very good option to skip the long line and acces the basilica before the crowds.

June 21, 2022

Excellent guide, very prepared and passionate, able to involve you in history. What is not liked is the need for the guide to speak in two languages due to half Italians and half English. The language is fine to encourage tourism, but with regard to the Italian language we need to have more respect and consideration.

May 30, 2022

Product ID: 415631