Explore the ‘Jewel of the Vatican’ and its crowning cupola on this 45-minute tour of St. Peter’s basilica and dome. Our tour will begin in St. Peter’s Square, where we'll meet to start this early access tour, you’ll be among one of the first people to climb the dome in the morning, so you can experience the city’s stunning skyline and the basilica without the crowds. we’ll make our way through the square and straight to the dome’s elevator. Conserve your energy and bypass the dome’s first stairwell, as we take the elevator to the first viewing point. Most visitors don’t know that this level exists, so you will be among the few to enjoy this unique view of the basilica, overlooking Bernini’s incredible canopy – the largest bronze structure in the world! Take your time and climb the remainder of the dome at your own pace. Enjoy ample free time at the top of the highest point of Rome and enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the Vatican City and beyond. Keep an eye out for Rome’s most iconic landmarks including the Colosseum, Papal Gardens, Villa Borghese and Pantheon, as you explore the city from this formidable viewpoint. After descending from the dome you’ll experience the magnificence of the basilica itself. I’ll share insights about the church’s most note-worthy sights, so you’ll know exactly what to look at for as you explore.
Ciao, my name is Eli. I have worked my entire life in tourism and Rome is my home. My friends and I are all licensed City Wonders guides which is the dream job as they are official partners of the Vatican Museums. There is so much incredible history, art and architecture to take in at St. Peter’s Basilica. Join me and my friends on this top-rated tour and make sure you don’t miss a thing!
Entrance into St. Peter’s Dome & Entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica
• We will climb St Peter's Dome • then after we will visit St. Peter's Basilica • you will see St. Peter's Square
- Please note that the dome’s elevator only takes you to the first terrace. In order to climb to the top of the dome you will have to use stairs (320 steps). - This experience is not suitable for those who suffer from claustrophobia and/or vertigo, heart or other serious medical conditions. - Wheelc
St Peter's & Dome CLIMBING Experience