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No Wait Access to St Peter Basilica and its official audioguide
From US$22.60*
No Wait Access to St Peter Basilica and its official audioguide
From US$22.60*
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All reviews worth the climb long climb odd steps worth the effort afraid of heights elevator half way remaining steps climb stairs dome of st highest point san pietro views are amazing souvenir shop vatican gardens walk up peter's square take your time
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The way to the cupola is quite long and can be exhausting, but it is fascinating to see into the cupola. When you come outside into the cupola the view is terrific. Highly recommend it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dirk117
Reviewed 6 days ago

The vies from the tower (cupola) of St Pieters cathedral are amazing. The climb could be a bit of a strain if your health is not well but definitely worth it if you can make it. 500 or so steps to the top in sometimes...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AnnVixen
Reviewed 1 week ago

8 euro to climb 10 euro to take the elevator part way PAY the extra two euro otherwise, you will be climbing over 500 steps in an increasingly narrow passageway to get to the top. It's worth the 250 steps where you get an awe-inspiring...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Noelle C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You just saw everything that there is to be seen in the Vatican. Why not topping of your experience with a climb to a breathtaking view? True its 500 stairs and not everyone is able to do it but you can pay 2 more euros...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kostasantono
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Vatican is such a special place. I enjoyed every minute there. We paid to take the elevator as high as we could to save our feet for additional sightseeing (there's so much to see in the Vatican and Rome). The rest of the walk...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Scott G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did this first thing in the morning. That had two advantages. First, it was the coolest time of the day. Second, no need for a trip to the gym on the day of the ascent, as it really is a climb. Going up to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jms_got_here_too_lat
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Some in our group went to the top (cupola) (dome), which cost 10 euros for adults (free for kids) to take the elevator half-way up, and then walk up the remaining 320 steps. (There is no option to take an elevator all the way to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 907blaked
Reviewed 8 December 2018

This is an additional tour but worth the money and effort. There are views of the Basilica interior from above as well as views of Rome outside. Prepare to walk up some steps!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Davanrn
Reviewed 25 November 2018

What a sight! You can walk up or take the elevator. If you have the chance don’t miss it it worth the entrance fee.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank poshie2017
Reviewed 23 November 2018

Well worth the climb up the 550 odd steps to the top of the Dome. Views here are unsurpassed and panoramic. It is worth timing the visit for sunset.

Date of experience: October 2018
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29 September 2017|
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Response from Racolta R | Reviewed this property |
No tickets online, only at the entrance, I was 2 times, difrent years no long line.
2 April 2017|
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Response from skatermom59 | Reviewed this property |
Has to be done in person If you go earlier like 7:30am. Line is not bad
30 March 2017|
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Response from PeterWynd | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I'm so late with the answer. It's open 8 - 6 in summer and 8 - 5 in winter. It certainly would be a spectacular view at night if it were open. Peter Wynd