Download app
The world on your tap!Get the Headout app to get tickets on your phone and access app-only deals. Talk about win-win.

St. Peter’s Basilica Dome: Guided Tour

Free cancellation
Instant confirmation
Mobile ticket
2 hrs
Guided tour

Climb to the very top of Michelangelo’s St. Peter’s Basilica dome, one of the most magnificent domes in the city of Rome, and bask in the unparalleled view of the rolling green Castelli Romani hills, the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the opulent Vatican! Discover the Papal Tombs and artistic wonders housed in the Basilica.


  • Visit the attractions of the Vatican early in the morning for a quiet and intimate experience, before the crowds are granted entry.
  • Get breathtaking views of Rome and splendid sights of the hills all around from your unique vantage point at the crest of the St. Peter’s Basilica, the highest point in Rome.
  • You will be accompanied by an expert local guide who will describe the various interesting aspects of the Papal Tombs and Michelangelo’s dome.
  • Explore the St. Peter’s Basilica’s charming interiors and the Papal Sarcophagi after your visit to the top of the dome.
  • This is one of the only tours that will take you to the top of the dome and to visit the Papal tombs.


  • Admission to the St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Dome climb
  • Visit to the Papal Sarcophagi (optional)
  • Expert local guide (English, Spanish, French, or Italian-speaking)


  • Pick-up and drop-off services
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Visit to the Necropolis / St. Peter’s Tomb / Scavi

cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

your experience

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.

Explore St. Peter’s Basilica and the Holy Papal Tombs

Walk back down to terra firma and enter the Basilica after a short break near the entrance. An artistic and architectural marvel designed by geniuses of the Renaissance like Donato Barmante, Lorenzo Bernini, and Michelangelo, St. Peter’s Basilica has become one of the world’s most ostentatious symbols of Christianity. Your guide will tell you all about the beliefs that surround the real location of the tombs of St. Peter and the first Bishop of Rome. Admire some of the artistic masterpieces of Bernini and Michelangelo before heading to see the Papal Sarcophagi of the Basilica.

know before you go

Ticket Information

This ticket has the following options you can choose from:

  • English Guided Tour
  • Spanish Guided Tour
  • French Guided Tour
  • Italian Guided Tour
  • English Guided Tour - Dome Climb Only

Important Information

  • This tour is not wheelchair-friendly.
  • On days close to religious holidays at the Vatican, parts of the tour such as the Papal Tombs may not be open. In this case, the tour of the Basilica itself will be extended.
  • Please note that this tour includes a climb of a substantial number of steps and requires a decent level of physical fitness to undertake.

Availability & Timings
The tour operates from Monday to Saturday at 8 AM and lasts for 2 hours.

Dress Code

Please be dressed appropriately. Sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats are not permitted. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

my tickets

How to Redeem Your Tickets

You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. You can show your mobile and printed voucher along with some valid photo ID before the tour commences.

** Meeting Point**

Please check your final voucher for meeting point details and specific instructions.

ratings & reviews

Missing any information?
Select a date
Check availability
Best price guaranteed
Why Headout?
Trusted platform used by 100K+ people, each month
Get the lowest prices and last minute availability
Discover and connect with 10,000+ experiences
Browse verified reviews and professional photographs
Have a question? Live chat with our experts 24/7

Similar experiences you'd love

Guided Tour (<22 Guests) of Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
Guided Tours
Guided Tour (<22 Guests) of Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
Instant confirmation
from €43
Free cancellation
Skip The Line Guided Tour of Colosseum with Arena Access, Roman Forum & Palatine
Guided Tours
Skip The Line Guided Tour of Colosseum with Arena Access, Roman Forum & Palatine
Instant confirmation
from €48.91
Reserved Entrance Tickets to Castel Sant'Angelo
Reserved Entrance Tickets to Castel Sant'Angelo
Instant confirmation
Free cancellation
Small-Group St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour
Guided Tours
Small-Group St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour
Instant confirmation
The world on your tap!Get the Headout app to get tickets on your phone and access app-only deals. Talk about win-win.
We've served 15 million+ guests and we are here for you
15 million +Happy customers across 10,000+ experiences
4.4/55,000+ verified reviews with 90% excellent score
In the MediaFeatured and recommended by the best brands
24 x 7 Help CenterHave a question? Live chat with local experts anywhere, anytime