Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Last May I went to Rome on a one day trip. One of my objectives for the trip: climb the 320 steps to the top of the cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica.

I arrived at Rome at 6 a.m. The day was clear and sunny already so my first step was to board Rome’s subway and get from the train station to Ottaviano’s stop next to Vatican City. Once in there I just got this wonderful sight of the cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica.

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica
Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

In one of Saint Peter’s square I found this duck just sitting there taking a shower.

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

I have been several times to Vaitcan City but this is the first time I see a duck in there so I took a video of it taking his morning shower.

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica
Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

I took a picture similiar to the next one a couple of years ago. You can see it in my article Saint Peter’s dress code

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Michelangelo’s sculpture ‘La pietà’ is my favorite sculpture in the whole world.

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica
Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica
Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Before climbing to the top of the cupula I decided to take some shots from the interior.

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica
Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica
Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica
Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica
Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica
Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica
Have you seen the movie ‘Angels and Demons?’. Well this is the area in the center of the Basilica where Camerlengo Ventresca takes his own life.

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Finally, here we go. The momenth of truth! The cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica is just 320 steps away from me and I will start my way to the top.

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

The view from the top is fantastic. I already did some photo experimentation in my post ‘Mock-up effect in Rome’

To the west side of the cupula you can see the internal Vatican gardens.

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

To the east you get a nice view from Saint Peter’s Square.

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

You can also see the Vatican Museums.

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

The building from the center of this picture is the Sixtine Chappel.

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica
Once you go down you can stay for a while in this ‘patio’. From here you can have a cup of coffe, buy some souvenirs (yes, that’s right) or take some pictures for this nice religious statues.

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Of course I couldn’t come to Vatican City without taking at least a picture of the Swiss guard.

Climbing the Cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Have you ever been to Vatican City? Would you like to visit? I recommend you to come and climb yourself the cupula of Saint Peter’s Basilica, that way you will have the best sight of Rome.