Cupola di San Pietro, Vatican City

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Cupola di San Pietro is the dome atop St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the most famous attractions in the area. You can climb to the top of the dome for breathtaking views of the city, but be warned that it is a challenging ascent. An elevator will take you up the first section. To reach the very top, you climb a spiral staircase without a handrail. Visitors early in the day will find the shortest lines. Plan to visit Cupola di San Pietro during your Vatican City vacation using our convenient Vatican City trip itinerary planner.
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  • I climbed the Cupola of the Basilica and stayed for around 30 minutes, mesmerised by the beauty and workmanship of the stunning mosaics. The views of the ceiling and the various masses being held in....  more »
  • We visited here as we were in Vatican city, it's full of beautiful sculptures and paintings of popes and saints, well worth a visit  more »
  • We climbed the Cupola of the Basilica at St. Peter's. The view was worth the climb . . . We stayed at a B&B just outside the walls of Vatican City, 3 blocks from Ottaviano Station and 20 meters from.....  more »
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  • Beautiful place, amazing architecture. worth visiting the place. There is no entry fees for the church and square, but to avoid long queues you can buy fast entry pass. Make sure sleeveless and clothes below knees are not allowed inside the church. Tour guides and also audio tours are available before entering the church. Place is worth exploring.
  • I really enjoyed been there, the feelings that you got been in this place are amazing, the greatness of the monuments around and inside the Basilica make you feel like if you used a time machine! It take you away from where you really are, could make you feel tiny too, but I a good way, enjoying the work of thousands of people through hundreds of years.. I am not a religious person (even knowing that I had been in contact with different branches of Christianity and others religions thought) I recommend to anyone that appreciate art and history, even if don't, you should go there, it may awake something inside of you that may change your perspective about all that.
  • The most famous and important church in Christianity. And it deserves to be so. It really is impressive and absolutely a place to see regardless of your religious beliefs. I highly recommend going up to the top of the dome and the roof if you don't mind the many stairs it takes to get there. Also go the the Vatican museum besides it to see some of the best works of wet weather in history. There's not much more to say. You've seen the pictures. If you can, see it in person, it's truly impressive. And occasionally you can see the Pope if you're interested.
  • Worth the visit whether you are Roman Catholic or not. The sights and grandeur are well worth seeing. We entered with a tour group, but I think the line up is fairly fast. Remember, if you are female, to cover up your knees and shoulders. We saw a security guard kick a girl up because of a revealing dress that was too high up the thigh. This was despite her having a shawl that covered her shoulders. Inside the basilica, you can also marvel at he magnificent sculptures of many Italian artists. There are also mummified remains of popes on display. There is also a crypt underground where you can see the burial place of St. Peter and some of the popes. Finally, there are stairs where you can climb to the top of the dome of the basilica. It costs 8€ per person and only accept cash, no card. We chose to walk the entire way instead of taking the elevator. It was quite easy for young people and I would recommend this route because waiting for the elevator can take very long time since there is only one elevator and a lot of people. At the top, the view was amazing. Highly recommended.
  • The level of workmanship is amazing. It's Grand and beautiful. Very very awe inspiring. The detail carved in stone is amazing. I remember noticing a statue where the detail of the knee under the garb was visible. That's hard enough to do in painting, in stone.. it shows how talented and skilled these guys were. The sources of the materials and means of obtaining them were questionable, and so i must deduct one star.
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