Cupola di San Pietro
Cupola di San Pietro
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Neighbourhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighbourhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighbourhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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  • mazdauk
    Greater London, United Kingdom702 contributions
    Stunning
    It costs 8 euro to take the stairs all the way to the top, or save yourself 200-odd steps and pay 10 euro to take the lift up to the base of the cupola. The lift takes you to roof level, with amazing views inside the cupola, looking down into the church and around at the mosaics, and outside over Rome. there is a small souvenir shop and nice clean toilets. If you are fit and healthy, climb the extra 300+ stairs to the top of the cupola for even wider-reaching views, but if you suffer from claustrophobia or any heart/breathing difficulties be warned its very steep and tight/twisty in places, with no handrails. Its one way up, one way down, so if you change your mind half-way unless it it exceptionally quiet you will not be able to get back down.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 2, 2023
  • Big_Jeff_Leo
    St Helens, United Kingdom21,978 contributions
    Worth the Climb
    If you want to enjoy the best view of Rome then it is worth taking the lift to the first level (10 Euros) and then climbing the 300+ steps to the exterior viewing platform if you are able. The views 360 degree are stunning. The interior can be admired from the floor of the cathedral and from the first level inside of the dome with equal effect.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,509 contributions
    Lift Or Stairs?
    St Peter’s dome is a great climb. 550+ stairs gets you to the very top, where you have absolutely panoramic views over Rome. About halfway up, you come to the first level where there is a semi circular walkway around the inside of the dome. It has a high metal railings so it feels quite safe, although they do impede the view. From here we were able to have a birds-eye view down over the interior of the basilica and see the mosaic decoration up close, so close you could almost touch them. We were intrigued by the lettering of the long inscription at the base of the dome. The letters are huge - 2 metres tall. It reads, “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven”. At this halfway point, you can also walk out to a large, open viewing platform. If you are not up for climbing stairs, a lift will take you to this first level but if you want to continue right to the top, you’ll still have to climb about 300 stairs. We climbed the whole way. With 550+ stairs, it was not easy and it’s definitely not for the claustrophobic. The passage is narrow, steep and tight, with a low ceiling. It gets narrower as you go on and slowly spirals upwards until it is like a corkscrew set of stairs. At the very end it was almost dizzying. It’s one way only so there’s not really any option to back out once you’ve started. If I was to do it again, I’d opt for the lift to the first level rather than climb the whole way. There was no real benefit to climbing to the first lot of stairs and it is only a very small amount extra for the lift. Tickets are bought at the booth to the right of the basilica but you don’t need to pre-book. It’s €8 and €10 if you take the lift option.
    Visited June 2022
    Written April 4, 2023
  • blondieish
    Boston, Massachusetts15 contributions
    you don't need a guided tour -Head out=plan xtra time
    got to the top on the 2nd try! We didn't realize you could go to the top without a tour, so our 1st day in room we booked with head out for a st. peter tour that included the cupola. our guide was very comprehensive and we learned a ton. however the tour was estimated to be 2hrs in duration, and we hadn't even gone into the crypts at the 1:45 hr mark and had to peel off from the tour for another thing on our itinerary. I think some of the timing was due to our guide's comprehensiveness, and partly because we booked an 8:30am tour and by that time, the basilica security lines (which you can't skip) were long. On our 2nd try we got into the basilica by 7:30 on a sunday and were told the cupola wouldn't open til 8am by the security guards. We circled back at 8 and were waiting at the wrong spot, so got stuck behind a few tour groups for the tickets (first line before the elevator line). we did get to catch mass which was nice. we recommend getting to basilica security at 7am
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • ΑΚΑΛΑΝΘΙΣ
    Litochoro, Greece717 contributions
    Worth the steps and the extra cost !!
    You get to pay extra for the visit for the terrace but it’s worth it !! There are 2 choices with lift or without the lift . With the lift you have to climp 315 steps ( my feet still hurt !!) but it surely is something unique since you get to see the view of Rome !!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written February 9, 2024
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Litochoro, Greece717 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
You get to pay extra for the visit for the terrace but it’s worth it !! There are 2 choices with lift or without the lift . With the lift you have to climp 315 steps ( my feet still hurt !!) but it surely is something unique since you get to see the view of Rome !!
Written February 9, 2024
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blondieish
Boston, MA15 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
got to the top on the 2nd try! We didn't realize you could go to the top without a tour, so our 1st day in room we booked with head out for a st. peter tour that included the cupola. our guide was very comprehensive and we learned a ton. however the tour was estimated to be 2hrs in duration, and we hadn't even gone into the crypts at the 1:45 hr mark and had to peel off from the tour for another thing on our itinerary. I think some of the timing was due to our guide's comprehensiveness, and partly because we booked an 8:30am tour and by that time, the basilica security lines (which you can't skip) were long. On our 2nd try we got into the basilica by 7:30 on a sunday and were told the cupola wouldn't open til 8am by the security guards. We circled back at 8 and were waiting at the wrong spot, so got stuck behind a few tour groups for the tickets (first line before the elevator line). we did get to catch mass which was nice. we recommend getting to basilica security at 7am
Written September 3, 2023
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Atravelfan
Atlanta257 contributions
Jun 2023
Well worth the time in line and the tickets to ride the lift to the cupola. Beautiful mosaics, quite a view overlooking the Basiilica
Written July 14, 2023
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Travel R
Rochester, MN1,712 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Iconic viewed from the outside. One of the best ways to get a pic of the square is going to the top.
Written July 8, 2023
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Melinda T
Germany69 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Be careful not to visit this site on holidays. It may be closed around this area and the transportation might be canceled.
It is also worth visiting it from outside.
Written April 9, 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,509 contributions
Jun 2022
St Peter’s dome is a great climb. 550+ stairs gets you to the very top, where you have absolutely panoramic views over Rome.
About halfway up, you come to the first level where there is a semi circular walkway around the inside of the dome. It has a high metal railings so it feels quite safe, although they do impede the view. From here we were able to have a birds-eye view down over the interior of the basilica and see the mosaic decoration up close, so close you could almost touch them.
We were intrigued by the lettering of the long inscription at the base of the dome. The letters are huge - 2 metres tall. It reads, “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven”.
At this halfway point, you can also walk out to a large, open viewing platform.
If you are not up for climbing stairs, a lift will take you to this first level but if you want to continue right to the top, you’ll still have to climb about 300 stairs.
We climbed the whole way. With 550+ stairs, it was not easy and it’s definitely not for the claustrophobic.
The passage is narrow, steep and tight, with a low ceiling. It gets narrower as you go on and slowly spirals upwards until it is like a corkscrew set of stairs. At the very end it was almost dizzying. It’s one way only so there’s not really any option to back out once you’ve started.
If I was to do it again, I’d opt for the lift to the first level rather than climb the whole way. There was no real benefit to climbing to the first lot of stairs and it is only a very small amount extra for the lift.
Tickets are bought at the booth to the right of the basilica but you don’t need to pre-book. It’s €8 and €10 if you take the lift option.
Written April 4, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK21,978 contributions
Mar 2023
If you want to enjoy the best view of Rome then it is worth taking the lift to the first level (10 Euros) and then climbing the 300+ steps to the exterior viewing platform if you are able. The views 360 degree are stunning. The interior can be admired from the floor of the cathedral and from the first level inside of the dome with equal effect.
Written March 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

mazdauk
Greater London, UK702 contributions
Feb 2023
It costs 8 euro to take the stairs all the way to the top, or save yourself 200-odd steps and pay 10 euro to take the lift up to the base of the cupola. The lift takes you to roof level, with amazing views inside the cupola, looking down into the church and around at the mosaics, and outside over Rome. there is a small souvenir shop and nice clean toilets. If you are fit and healthy, climb the extra 300+ stairs to the top of the cupola for even wider-reaching views, but if you suffer from claustrophobia or any heart/breathing difficulties be warned its very steep and tight/twisty in places, with no handrails. Its one way up, one way down, so if you change your mind half-way unless it it exceptionally quiet you will not be able to get back down.
Written March 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dds
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia147 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
The first part gets you to the lower/inner part of the dome with a semi circle walkway fenced path covered in beautiful mosaic art and views overlooking the basilica and tomb of St Peter.
The second part leads you right up the top of the dome. It's 381 steps from the lift. A bit claustrophobic through some of the narrow parts but the view from the top was total worth it!
Written January 30, 2023
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
Dec 2022
When viewed from the entrance of the Vatican museum, it already looks impressive, and when entering the basilica itself, it's also beautiful inside. The artwork detail is insane, and again just as I mentioned in other Vatican attraction reviews, you will be looking up for hours to appreciate the ceiling artwork and might get a stiff neck!
Written January 15, 2023
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