Private tour

St. Peter’s Dome, Basilica, Tomb, Grottoes Private VIP Tour

Private tour

St. Peter’s Dome, Basilica, Tomb, Grottoes Private VIP Tour

From US$ 268.16 per person

Visit the Vatican City at the quietest time before the crowds descend on this private tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. Climb the dome to enjoy an Italian breakfast.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Private group


  • Enjoy an exclusive Vatican City Experience. Climb St. Peter's Basilica's Dome
  • Get the most out of your visit to St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
  • Begin your Vatican experience a little differently climbing the dome
  • Be amazed by the best views of Rome from Michelangelo's Dome
  • The most complete guided tour of St.Peter's Basilica, Dome, Tomb and square.
Full description
Exclusive 2 Hours. St. Peters' Basilica, St.Peter's. Dome and Grottoes Private Tour and Tickets. Meet your guide early in the morning near St. Peter's Square to visit St. Peter's Basilica Square, Tomb, and Dome at the quietest times of the day before the crowds flock. Discover some of the most spectacular treasures of the Vatican City on an intimate and exclusive tour of St. Peter’s Dome and St. Peter’s Basilica with a professional guide. Climb the dome and visit the basilica. By the elevator, head up to the first level of the dome to the viewing balcony. Admire the basilica's inside view of the dome on Bernini’s canopy and the array of incredible mosaics which circle the dome. Then, climb the spiral staircase to the top of the dome (320 steps). At 448 ft, from the highest point within Rome, admire breathtaking city views, including the Vatican Gardens below. Come down from the dome to enter the basilica to admire the Pietà of Michelangelo and all the other masterpieces adorning the space before descending to the underground Grottoes and crypts to visit St. Peter’s tomb. At the end of the private tour, take a break and enjoy an Italian breakfast near St. Peter's Basilica, including a cappuccino or other hot drink and brioche. Take advantage of this opportunity to visit in the best way one of the most incredible places in the world. Total Duration: 2 hours St. Peter's Basilica Square 15 minutes St. Peter's Dome 60 minutes St. Peter's Basilica Undergrounds Grottoes, Crypts, and St. Peter's Tomb 45 minutes Breakfast 15 minutes
  • Guided tour
  • Professional art historian guide
  • St. Peter's Basilica entry tickets
  • St. Peter's Basilica's Dome entry tickets and elevator
  • St. Peter's tomb entry
  • On-site and office assistance
  • Breakfast on the dome (cappuccino or other hot drink and brioche)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel guided tours and tickets
  • Other food and drinks (available for purchase)
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People afraid of heights
  • People with altitude sickness
  • People with low level of fitness

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Meeting point

Be at the meeting point for check-in at least 20 minutes prior to your tour departure time. The guide will have a sign with your surname on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • The entrance timings to St. Peter's Basilica are subject to availability per each time slot. If the chosen time is not available, the next available time slot will be booked
  • This activity can suffer from a 20-30 minute variation due to organizational reasons
  • This activity involves 320 steps. Be prepared because when you start you cannot stop and move backward
  • The Vatican City Administration has the right to close the basilica, or parts of it, with or without notice, for religious events, heavy rain, or any other reason. If closed, an alternative itinerary and a partial refund will be offered
Customer reviews

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Superb guide who knew the history and the ‘art’ of St. Peter’s. English was impeccable, knowledge encyclopedic. Could not have been better

October 14, 2021

Product ID: 404565