St Peter's Basilica Climb the Dome VIP Early Morning Private Tour

Roma, Italy
St Peters Basilica Climb the Dome VIP Early Morning Private Tour

From USD 217.66

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Offered in: English


    What's Included

    • • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica Elevator to the Dome
    • Private Tour inside St. Peter's Square, Basilica, Dome and Dome
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour and tickets
    • Hotel pick up
    • Hotel drop off

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Largo del Colonnato, 5
      Largo del Colonnato, 5, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

      The guide will have a signboard with your name.

    End point

    • Saint Peter's Square
      Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

    What To Expect

    St. Peter's Square

    20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Cupola di San Pietro

    1 hour Admission Ticket Included

    St. Peter's Basilica

    45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Vatican Grottoes

    20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Activity not recommended for people with motor lag
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • There is no refund on reservation fees and tickets of monuments that are closed due to event that is out of our control.
    • If this is not possible, we will operate the tour and will include other sites to compensate for the site/s being closed. No refund is given on unused tickets due to events that are out of our control.
    • To Climb the Dome there is a spiral staircase of 320 steps. You cannot skip the stairs, so be prepared.
    • Customers have a mandatory meeting time stated 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time due to managing and organizational reasons.If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
    • Cancellations, changes or issues due to weather, security and events held by the monument are beyond our control and are directly decided by their administration team. These issues will be reviewed by us and dealt with on an individual basis but are the responsibility of the monument.
    • Without notice the Basilica or parts of it can be closed for unforeseeable events. In this case, partial refund can be requested.
    • Not recommended for travelers with walking problems
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.


    9 reviews
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    Disorganized and not the private your we paid for.
    Scott_P, July 2023
    The tour was not private but semi private even though we paid for private. I was told by the guide and not called by the company. The tour was fine and it was not the guides fault but when I called the operator he said oh I should have called you. He claims he is giving me a partial refund but I haven’t seen it processed and if I wanted to pay for a semi private, I would have booked it.
    Excellent!! +++
    Meredith_T, June 2023
    Martin was an excellent guide full of knowledge way beyond the basic info. He was friendly and personable and fun. We had a great time and he took lots of pics of us along the way. Excellent tour that I would highly recommend!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Monica B was very informative. She...
    David C, Jan 2018
    Monica B was very informative. She helped us navigate the truly massive Vatican museum. It was very cold in the museum (not Monica’s fault!) but it’s worth noting that they’re essentially open to the outside air. Dress warm in winter!
    This is the only way to go to see...
    Michael B, Oct 2017
    This is the only way to go to see the Vatican.Go early morning with your guide and skip those long lines. Even though there are thousands of is organized and moves fast. We had 16 people in our group and our guide took incredible care of us making sure we heard the history and explaining so many things to us. She was interesting and insightful and I will always remember this as being one of my favourite tours.
    The art, sculpture and history of...
    Tami M, Oct 2017
    The art, sculpture and history of the Vatican and St Peters Basilica is amazing, truly awe-inspiring! The throngs of people, however are almost oppressive. Our tour guide, an expat American, seemed fun and quirky at first, however she rarely answered a question directly and often responded with sarcasm. If you have any level of curiosity around the religious and political historical context of the periods represented, I would recommend a private tour, or most certainly a smaller group.
    Our tour was extremely unorganized...
    Tara S, Sept 2017
    Our tour was extremely unorganized. We were asked to arrive at 7:45 a.m., but the woman who needed to check us in did not arrive until almost 8:10. Then, there were two lines to check in, one being a Spanish only line though it was an English speaking tour. Nonetheless, we did not enter into the Vatican until around 8:45. Since the tour was running late, the guide had to rush through and speak quickly. Plus, it is not worth it to spend the extra money to enter in early, as there are already so many other tours entering at that time and by the time your guide explains everything and shows you other areas of the Vatican, you enter the Sistene Chapel toward the end of your tour anyway.
    -Poorly organized: we arrived at...
    TimArthur M, Aug 2017
    -Poorly organized: we arrived at 7:45 as requested only to wait till other people in our tour were done registering / paying. All the people who had not paid yet, were forced to pay cash as the system was down. -The tour guide arrived after 8 am - There were over 30 people in the tour even though we signed up for a tour with 30 people -We did not skip the line, instead we had to wait 40 minutes before the tour began -we were rushed from spot to spot and were left little time to see what was being explained during the tour. We would have been better off going on our own and getting an audio guide. This was not worth our time or money. We were very unsatisfied and Viator should consider dropping this partner as it is only going to damage Viator's reputation.
    Excellent guide!Jumped the very long...
    Catriona C, Aug 2017
    Excellent guide!Jumped the very long queues.It what could turn into avery long hot day we were done within 3 hours overall and left feeling as though we had seen what was needed.

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