Vatican City… I climbed up St Peter’s Basilica’s dome

Vatican City is surrounded entirely by Rome, a capital city of Italy. It is a smallest country in the world. From Wikipedia, the population of Vatican City is less than 1000!

While I planned to visit Rome, definitely Vatican City was included in my itinerary. I had seen St. Peter’s Basilica from movies; I wanted to see it in the flesh once. I walked from Rome to Vatican. I realized that I was not in Italy anymore, when I first saw St. Peter’s Basilica and the square.Vatican01Vatican02

To get inside, you need to dress properly. I am not sure if they have the strict dress code. I was there in summer (it was around 36 Celsius degrees) and short pants were allowed to go inside. But what if it was not that hot?

Inside the basilica, I was stunned by the interior of St. Peter’s Basilica. Vatican03 Vatican04

I decided to go to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. I paid 5 Euros in order to climb up for 551 steps. If I am not wrong, at that time two ticket prices were available: 5 Euros for stairs and 7 Euros for elevator. If you pay 7 Euros, it does not mean the elevator will take you to the top; it only saves you 320 steps and then you still have to climb up.

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After first 320 steps, I stopped and looked around enjoying the mosaics (If you like mosaics, I do recommend you to visit Ravenna). From there, I could look down on the altar and people downstairs.

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Then I continued climbing up. At first, I thought I was climbing just another tower, but actually it was not a tower. I realized that I was climbing up the dome, when the stairs got narrower and narrower. And finally, there was no handrail and I have to hold the rope!

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Anyway, the views there were worth the stairs. You can see St. Peter’s square, Vatican museum, and the gardens from the top.

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On the way down, I walked to the front to have a close look at the statues and also looked back to see where I was. Restrooms and shops were available there.

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All in all, it was a great experience. I had never climbed the dome before. If you are not claustrophobic, I recommend you to go up there.

Have you ever been to Vatican City? Have you climbed up St. Peter’s Basilica?  Share your experience with me in the comments!

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