We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Open today: 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
No Wait Access to St Peter Basilica and its official audioguide
from US$22.34*
No Wait Access to St Peter Basilica and its official audioguide
from US$22.34*
All photos (3,080)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“worth the climb”(49 reviews)
“long climb”(18 reviews)
“odd steps”(12 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
See all hours
As featured in Dolce Vita in Rome
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Piazza san Pietro, Vatican City, Italy
+39 06 6988 3731
Ways to Experience Cupola di San Pietro
from US$30.90
More Info
from US$22.30
More Info
from US$85.90
More Info
Reviews (3,012)
Filter reviews
839 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews worth the climb long climb odd steps worth the effort afraid of heights remaining steps climb stairs highest point dome of st san pietro views are amazing souvenir shop vatican gardens peter's square take your time elevator euros
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 839 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I left my children with my parents to make this climb. After the initial lift to the top level, it is a very steep and narrow climb up the stairs and passage ways to the top of the cupola. Once there, a great view of...More

1  Thank Ruby_Zak_Issy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This provided the wow I expected. The square is enormous and almost dwarfs the Basilica in its majesty. Lots of people but not crowded as its a vast space. Just beautiful.

Thank Brenda_Trevor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the dome is the first thing visible to a visitor entering the walls of the vatican, such is its presence on the skyline. one can even climb the cupol or the dome for a additinal charge which offers panoramic views of the city. after sunset...More

Thank Dishaa S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The dome of St Peter's Basilica is 136,57 meters height, being the tallest dome in the world. Michelangelo and Giacomo della Porta did the last design of the dome in 1547 and 1585. The dome was completed in 1590 by Giacomo della Porta and Domenico...More

Thank Gabriel A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After the Vatican, you have to go to the roof of ST Peter's. Costs 10 euro extra to go to the roof all 552 steps up and 552 down. With the entry fee there is a lift but it only misses out first or last...More

Thank ian m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Before getting on the roof of St. Peters Cathedral, you have to climb all te way up 500+ stairs. The place is, like the Cathedral itself, very crowded so you have to wait to keep going along your way up. The view is amazing!

Thank sanderenyvette
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is a 6€ price inorder to climb to the top of the cupola by foot(approx 520 steps), or you can take the elevator for 8€ and from the terrace climb another 320 steps. It’s not easy but it is worth it.

Thank Norbi B
Reviewed 2 October 2018

It is a lovely place with nice view.There are too much stairs and lift is finish in the midle and you have to walk up.

Thank Martina Š
Reviewed 29 September 2018

Magnificent view, however they allow too many people on the dome at the same time. Impossible to move around.

Thank trip847293
Reviewed 25 September 2018

You pay extra for this 8 o 10 euros and don't go if you don't like heights as its a one way system one stair up and one stair down. The stairs get narrower and narrower and the walk round the outside of the dome...More

Thank GlasgowWinenut
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Residenza Paolo VI
528 reviews
.29 km away
Starhotels Michelangelo
1,307 reviews
.35 km away
385 reviews
.38 km away
Sotto La Cupola Guest House
131 reviews
.39 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 2 nearby restaurants
La Caletta St.Peter
596 reviews
.30 km away
Papa Rex
899 reviews
.32 km away
Capitan Cono
138 reviews
.30 km away
Mastro Pistacchio
74 reviews
.28 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 61 nearby attractions
St. Peter's Basilica
36,365 reviews
.11 km away
Sistine Chapel
17,876 reviews
.12 km away
La Pieta
4,148 reviews
.05 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
29 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
Response from skatermom59 | Reviewed this property |
Has to be done in person If you go earlier like 7:30am. Line is not bad
Sally G
30 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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