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Piazza san Pietro, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
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When you visit St. Peter’s Basilica do not miss climbing up Michelangelo’s dome. There are two levels, one is inside the basilica where you can see the basilica from above. You can get to the first level by an elevator. From here you take the stairs(~300) to the top of the dome.
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The view of the interior of St Peter's and the entirety of Vatican City/Rome is worth the stairs. You can take the (231) stairs or the lift/elevator to the first level, and wind up on the inside of Michelangelo's dome. From there, you can take 320 stairs to top exterior of the
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Touring the Basilica at the Vatican as well as the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel should always be your priority but on the right side of the chapel you can take a self guided tour up to the very TOP of the Chapel cupola. You can look down into the Chapel, see mosaics close
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There are magnificent views both of the interior, & if you go higher, the exterior overlooking Rome but you need to be fit to get there as the stairway is narrow & steep (but it's worth the effort)
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I gave this a 4 because it wasn't as good as the Pantheon dome. Having said that when you pay your money and ascend the dome, the perspective back into St Peters is humbling. The building is enormous and beautiful. The view of Rome from the top is also a treat though horendously
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