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Cupola di San Pietro, Vatican City

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#5 of 14 in Historic Sites in Vatican City
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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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  • Walk it! Worth every one of the 551 steps! The views will blow you away! We were lucky that there were very few people walking so the stairs weren't crowded! The walk was epic!  more »
  • Be prepared for a lot of stairs on your way up - but that is part of the experience! I especially liked seeing the inner structure of the dome as you spiral up in an increasingly sloped stairwell, as....  more »

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