"From the dome of St. Peter's one can see every notable object in Rome... He can see a panorama that is varied, extensive, beautiful to the eye, and more illustrious in history than any other in Europe." (Mark Twain, 1867)

Begin your day at the Vatican in a different way at the top of St. Peter's Basilica (Michelangelo's famous dome) before touring the church itself. A second, highlights tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel follows before lunch on this early morning beat-the-crowds Vatican experience.

Less than 1% of Vatican visitors get to see Rome from St. Peter's Dome (or even know about it), this is an incredible statistic! From nowhere else do views of the Eternal City surpass those which can be seen from Michelangelo's Cupola, so for this reason we have decided to take it from the top!

Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square where you will no doubt agree that 550+ steps is rather too much early morning exertion for most. A quick ascension by elevator later will carry you up to St. Peter's Terrace, a place devoid of large tourist groups from where you can see all of Rome and far beyond Rome too. The views are absolutely spectacular and even that is an understatement.

Back on terra firma you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this in itself is quite rare as the majority of other Rome tour operators don't include it in their Vatican tours.

Take a break before making the short walk to our Vatican meeting point ahead of your second tour - the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel!

Genuine skip the long public line access means that you will be fast tracked to the artistic and archaeological masterpieces which make the Vatican Museums absolutely must-see when in Rome.


Expert Vatican tour guide #1
Dome Climb: part staircase / part elevator!
Incredible views from the top!
Expert Vatican tour guide #2
Fast track Vatican entrance
Vatican Museums tour
Sistine Chapel tour
Papal sarcophagi tour
St. Peter's Basilica tour
No photos inside the Sistine Chapel
Does NOT include St. Peter's Tomb / Scavi / Necropolis - please book separately through the Vatican
Not wheelchair accessible

Important Information

Remember to use promo code ROME2019 when you book this tour to get 10% off!
On days immediately surrounding religious holidays at the Vatican, alterations to tours may become necessary due to partial closings of areas normally included in this tour. In the event that the Papal tombs beneath St. Peter's Basilica are closed, the tour of the Basilica itself will be extended and no refunds made.