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St Peter's Basilica and Cupola guided tour

4.8 (16)
Rome, IT

St Peter's Basilica and Cupola guided tour

4.8 (16)
Rome, IT
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Experience the magic of the Vatican like never before with the St Peter's Basilica and Cupola guided tour. Rise early and beat the crowds for an intimate and peaceful visit to this iconic landmark. Ascend to the top of the St. Peter's Basilica where you'll be treated to breathtaking views of Rome and the surrounding hills. With an expert local guide by your side, learn about the Papal Tombs and marvel at Michelangelo's dome. Explore the stunning interiors of the Basilica and discover the Papal Sarcophagi. This exclusive tour is one of the only ones that allows you to visit both the top of the dome and the Papal tombs. Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Vatican from a unique vantage point.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience & Audio Guided
  • Intimate glimpse of Vatican treasures
  • Breathtaking views of Rome and surrounding hills
  • Expert guide explaining Papal Tombs and dome
  • Explore charming interiors of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Exclusive access to top of the dome and Papal tombs
  • Dome climb
  • licensed tour guide
  • visit the tombs of the popes
  • Admission to the St. Peter’s Basilica
  • audio headset
  • Pick-up and drop-off services
  • Food and drinks
  • Visit to the Necropolis / St. Peter’s Tomb / Scavi
  • Gratuities

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Experience the wonders of the Vatican like never before with the St Peter's Basilica and Cupola guided tour. This early-morning tour offers a serene and intimate exploration of the Vatican attractions before the crowds pour in. Be captivated by the breathtaking views of Rome and the picturesque hills from the highest point in the city, atop the St. Peter's Basilica. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, immerse yourself in the history and significance of the Papal Tombs and Michelangelo's iconic dome. Delve into the magnificent interiors of St. Peter's Basilica and marvel at the Papal Sarcophagi after your journey to the dome's summit. This exclusive tour is a rare opportunity to witness the beauty and grandeur of the Vatican from a truly unique perspective.

What to Expect

Embark on a 120-minute journey through the Vatican's hidden gems and iconic landmarks. The tour begins with a meet-up at the designated meeting point, where you will be welcomed by your guide before the tour commences. Ascend to the top of the St. Peter's Basilica using a combination of stairs and an elevator. Avoid the crowds and relish an up-close encounter with the treasures of the Vatican. Gaze out from the dome's peak and marvel at Rome's enchanting panorama, which stretches from the Riserva Naturale wetlands to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Let your guide illuminate the rich history and significance of the landmarks that dot Rome's landscape.

Who is this for?

This tour is a must for anyone seeking a truly memorable and immersive experience in the Vatican. Whether you are an art enthusiast, a history lover, or simply curious about the wonders of the world, this tour caters to all. It is perfect for those who prefer a quieter and more intimate exploration, away from the bustling crowds. The St Peter's Basilica and Cupola guided tour provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Vatican's historical and cultural significance.

Why Book This?

With this unique tour, you have the opportunity to witness the iconic St. Peter's Basilica and its magnificent vista from the top of the dome. The early-morning timing guarantees a tranquil and uninterrupted experience, allowing you to fully absorb the beauty and history without feeling rushed or crowded. The expertise of your local guide further enhances the tour, providing valuable insights and intriguing anecdotes about the Papal Tombs and Michelangelo's masterpiece. By choosing this tour, you access exclusive areas and gain access to parts of St. Peter's Basilica that other tours do not offer. It's an unforgettable experience that will leave you with lifelong memories.

Good to Know

Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour. The tour duration is 120 minutes, offering ample time to explore the marvels of the Vatican. The tour includes a combination of stair and elevator climbs, so comfortable footwear is recommended. Photography is permitted, so be sure to bring your camera to capture the stunning views and architectural wonders. Take advantage of the intimate setting to ask questions and engage with your knowledgeable guide, who will be delighted to share additional insights, tips, and recommendations about the Vatican.


Previous visitors have been enthralled by the St Peter's Basilica and Cupola guided tour. They rave about the breathtaking views from the top of the dome, describing them as nothing short of awe-inspiring. Many reviewers express appreciation for the early-morning timing, which allowed them to savor the experience without the usual crowd. Travelers commend the knowledgeable and friendly guides who brought the Vatican's history to life, making the tour even more engaging and informative. Overall, visitors have left with a deep sense of wonder and admiration for the Vatican's architectural marvels and cultural heritage.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

St. Peter's Basilica

Ascend to the Top of the St. Peter’s Basilica Avoid the crowds and get an intimate glimpse of the treasures of the Vatican on this early-morning guided tour. The tour begins with an exciting climb that involves both a staircase and an elevator to the highest point of Rome’s iconic St. Peter’s Basilica. The view from here is simply breathtaking. The city of Rome, a striking and glorious confluence of the ancient and the modern, stretches past the wetlands and forests of the Riserva Naturale, and all the way to the Tyrrhenian Sea in the south-west. You will see the Vatican and some of Rome’s most famous landmarks bordered by the Castelli Romani hills. Your guide will point out all the attractions and tell you more about these fascinating places in Rome.

Admission Included



4.8 (16)


Valentina B was excellent Perfect French and very funny A lot of informative and interesting stories. I recommend Thank you


Eleanora was excellent! A great tour. Very informative and worthwhile. Especially the details regarding the Popes ans Saints.


Going early in the morning before the rush, is the best way to see the true beauty of the space. The light was magical.


Do not book on TripAdvisor. I booked this tour with the option to cancel 24 hrs prior to the start. I had to cancel and tried to cancel several times 48 hours before the tour. The TripAdvisor website just gives you “oops an error” when you try to cancel. I am still trying to find out who in their customer service can refund me as of course they charged me. This is not what you want to deal with while on an international vacation. Save yourself the headache.


Really enjoyed the tour with Irina, who was very entertaining, immensely knowledgeable and therefore very informative. The Medicis were quite a family, it seems, and we left interested enough to want to read more. This was well organised - probably the easiest entry we had to a Florence venue (some were exasperatingly slow, mind you) - and despite it being a drizzly day we still got decent views from the top. Would not have been the same without Irina's commentary. She must also be one of the fittest women in Florence if she climbs those steps several times a week! Alison and Derek, London


This was an excellent tour- a little expensive at £50/ person but Irina the tour guide was knowledgeable and personable. The climb to the top of the Duomo is not for the faint hearted but the view of rhe city and the frieze at the top of the dome is worth the 463 steps.


My friends and I partecipated to the Dome private tour which was absolutely fantastic. The beauty of the Florence Dome is well-known all over the world but if you really want to understand all the "hows and the whys" behind the story, this tour is warmly adviced. Our guide, Irina, was really prepared, she told us the whole story and she's never been boring! A +++

Raphael L

It was a great experience to visit the Dome with Irina. She is very knowledgeable and has a true passion for Florence. She told us all the facts and historic background, but, and that made it all the more enjoyable, in a funny and relatable way. We definetely recommend booking the Tour!


Katy es una magnífica guía, nos lo explicó todo en la basílica con mucha información adicional contestando a las preguntas y siempre con buen humor.


We had a very pleasant guide, Fabian Grutt, who helped us pass the time in the sweltering heat. He had a lot of knowledge
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-23 05:26