St. Peter's Basilica
The Renaissance-style St Peter's Basilica is one of the largest churches in the world (and the home church of the Pope). Highlights include the dome (the biggest in the world), Bernini's Baldacchino (the centerpiece of the church), and Michelangelo's Pietà (the only artwork he ever signed).
For both the pious and the casual visitor, a trip to St. Peter's is an awe-inspiring trip into the heart of Vatican City.
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We wanted to visit St.Peter's Basilica in the morning and wanted to visit Dome in the evening but we could not separate St.Peter's Basilica visit & Dome visit,
1st they let you visit Dome then Basilica ! Now Listen carefully ! Attentively !
people those are in hurry or excised need to calm down while going up ! i saw loads of people could not make at the top of dome because they were going so fast on stairs ! be slow and go up nicely ! it take maximum 15 minutes to 20 minutes if you take few breaks while going up ! and i would definitely recommend to take few breaks while going up ! there is some space on every turn or every curve where you can stand up or in front of windows and sit down or have some rest ! i have seen women above 60+ and men above 60+ going up in calm way and i met them on top ! while coming down its fun nothing , its very easy to come down.
I visited in the month of July 2017 , it was very hot day , make sure you have water before going up , 1st lift take you up then you go by stairs , if you go slowly its better for you if you go fast you get tired and might come back as i seen many people out of breath and could not make to the top of the DOME !
when lift take up on 1st floor its amazing work on walls with small stones pictures it looks painting but its not painting , then you can see a cafe as well for ice cream or some snacks , then you can go up or while coming down you can have some break in cafe ,
On top of Dome its very nice views and cold fresh air as well, we stayed there almost 2 hours and we enjoyed on top of Dome ! we took loads of videos and Pictures ! make sure before going up you use toilet and have sufficient stock of water !
then we come down and had rest in cafe on 1st floor then we used lift and come on ground floor to view in side church !
I cannot express my feeling how beautiful is the church is inside ! everywhere you glance you find a master piece ! so beautiful ! inside the dome look so beautiful , then you can sit down and can listen their ceremonies , we went in the basement as well where all pops had been buried , loads of graves underground , so much to view ! i found peace while sitting there and viewing all church area , i spent almost 3 to 4 hours inside the Basilica and took loads of pictures and videos ,
its prohibited to take pictures and videos but everybody was taking pictures and videos lol it was so funny that people were taking pictures and videos in front of/ or next to security people and security men were not saying anything , they were polite or may be they give up lol , you need whole day to view St.Peter's Basilica and Dome !
At Last Thanks to Tiqets.com who helped me to make this beautiful visit successful through telephonic help line as well as email helpline !