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Early Dome climb with skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica

Free cancellation
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

Do this because

Enjoy early-morning access to the St. Peter’s Dome to take in the best views over the city of Rome

Visit the Basilica's interiors and find out more about its history from your knowledgeable guide

Explore the Vatican Grottoes, see the Papal tombs, and admire the famous Pietà sculpture

What to expect

Witness a marvelous and harmonious combination of art, architecture, and religion joining this early guided tour of the spectacular St. Peter’s Basilica’s Dome along with the world-famous St. Peter’s Basilica!

Begin your tour climbing St. Peter's Dome, the tallest in the world. You will admire the views of the interiors of the Basilica from above. Gaze upon the incredible mosaics, the amazing Latin Scripts up close, and explore the roof of the basilica. Then, continue your ascent up 320 steps to the very top of the dome, where you will get to admire the view from the highest place within the Vatican. Experience the awe-inspiring panoramic view of the Vatican City and Ancient Rome in the first rays of the early morning light.

After having admired this splendid panoramic view, you will descend to the Basilica floors avoiding the long lines outside. Listen to your guide's thorough explanations, be enchanted by the baroque masterpieces designed by Bernini and Bramante, and admire breathtaking artworks like Michelangelo’s Pietà sculpture. Lastly, make your way down to the Vatican grottoes where you will see the tombs of over 90 Popes, a few monarchs, and other church dignitaries, dating back to the 10th century.

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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

The experience complies with government regulations

Social distancing is enforced

Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected

Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors

Visitors are required to bring and wear masks

Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks

Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors

What’s included

Skip-the-line ticket to St. Peter's Basilica and the Dome

Professional English-speaking guide



Largo del Colonnato, 00120 Roma RM, Ciudad del Vaticano

Meeting point:

By the Fontana delle Tiare.


New Age S.a.s

Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • Strict rules apply to enter the venues (no knives, no scissors, no glass bottles, etc.)
  • A cloakroom is available. No large backpacks or bulky luggage admitted
  • Good walking shoes are recommended. During hot days, it is suggested to wear a hat
  • Entrance into the Vatican is subject to a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered for both men and women
  • Due to the steep and enclosed nature of the Dome climb, people with fear of heights and uncomfortable with enclosed spaces are advised to be cautious
  • The venues or parts of them could be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures (ongoing restoration, special events). When this occurs, you will be offered an extended visit of the outside or of other attractions according to the advertised total length of the tour