Guided tour

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

Activity provider: Loving Rome

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

Activity provider: Loving Rome
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From US$ 29.93 per person

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Discover the beauty and history of St Peter’s Basilica on a guided morning tour. Climb up to the top of the dome for panoramic views of Rome.

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Duration 45 minutes
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Audio guide included


  • Be transported back to history as you witness the beauty of St Peter’s Basilica
  • Get immersed in the atmosphere of St. Peter's Square before the crowds arrive
  • Climb to the top of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica to see the stunning views
  • Explore the Basilica and listen to the stories about the famous Pietà sculpture
  • Learn the history, interesting stories, and facts from your experienced guide
Full description

Explore the beautiful surroundings of St Peter’s Square and the Vatican city on an extraordinary tour with a local guide. Climb the dome and visit the basilica in the early morning before the crowds arrive.

You will see the first viewing point through the elevator of the dome. Start climbing the remaining steps towards the summit while hearing fascinating facts and stories from your guide.

Witness a breathtaking view of Vatican City and its iconic seven hills. Keep your camera ready to click photographs of the beautiful panoramic views from the top of the famous Vatican summit. 

After admiring the splendid views, come down from the dome to enter the basilica. Enjoy the privilege of instant access and stroll through the area at your own pace.

Marvel at the magnificent creation of St. Peter's Baldachin and Michelangelo’s Pietá. Discover every tiny detail of the historic building and admire the masterpieces adorning the space.  

  • Early morning access to the St Peter's Basilica and Square
  • Entrance ticket to the St Peter's Dome
  • Guide
  • Headsets when needed
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
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 meet your guide near the arches, where the square meets via di Porta Angelica. The meeting point is at the corner of the square, on the left-hand side, next to the kiosk. Your guide will be holding a sign with LOVING ROME written on it.

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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

  • You will have to pass through a metal detector security check before entering St Peter's Basilica
  • The elevator of the 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 require 20 extra minutes
  • The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Necropoli are not part of this tour
  • The St. Peter's Basilica Dome might not be accessible during bad weather conditions
  • Entrance to the Basilica requires a strict dress code. Please cover your knees and shoulders
  • Weapons or sharp objects are not allowed inside St Peter's Basilica
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

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Fantastic day and our guide was amazing - very knowledgable and friendly and always keeping.track of how we all were as it was a very hot day. The dome climb was early in the morning to avoid the heat the day which was a relief as the temperature got up to 40 degrees the day! There are over 300 steps to the top and the climb was hard work but the views were so worth it! It was also nice to visit the basilica after the climb before the crowds arrived. Overall the trip was excellent and I would definitely recommend it.

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July 27, 2022

Apart from the fact that it was a bit difficult to find, in relation to the description of the place Fx by the kiosk, but when there are 3 kiosks it is a bit difficult to guess which one. In addition, the guide did not hold up any sign that we would otherwise have looked for. But. Besides that, which is a small thing. Was the trip itself super cool! And a huge recommendation is to get up early and do it in the morning, as it was already packed with people when we finished the tour. So the trip here is therefore super obvious to take. You get around the entire church, which is also a super cool experience. And the view up in the dome is also absolutely fantastic.

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July 24, 2022

Punctual and very friendly as well as informative. Very well organized! Meeting point very easy to find and great tour in the early morning at noon bearable temperatures! Ascent of the dome very narrow and exhausting. Nothing for people in poor general condition or afraid of space/heights! The view makes up for everything! Terrific! Peter's Basilica then on your own in peace.

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July 22, 2022

Product ID: 415631