When you are in Rome, you should visit St Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) in Vatican City anyway. But you can also climb the dome, although not everyone does that. Maybe it’s because they are 551 steps. Although you can do a part with the elevator so that you skip a large part of the 551 steps.

Entrance ticket for the dome

You must purchase an admission ticket to climb the dome. If you want to use the lift you pay a few euros more. In other words, you have to do “only” 320 steps yourself. The choice is yours.

And, the climb is intriguing. Because you also get to see the dome from above. And you can also see the entire church inside. Only then realise how big the building is. And it is a good place to catch your breath.

Special is that the steps in the upper part have sloping walls. Pay attention, you will see it automatically. It is narrow here, but you notice that you slowly come up.

Once you are on the roof, you have a magnificent view over the whole of Rome and St Peter’s Square in front of you. The mountains are an impressive backdrop.

It can get busy here. Especially during weekends or school holidays. If you want to take pictures, it is best to go early morning or late afternoon when the light is soft.

Buy your entrance ticket for St Peter’s Basilica online:

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