The View from St. Peter’s Basilica

One of the things I wanted to do when I was in Rome was to see the city from the top of St. Peter’s Basilica.  I decided to take the elevator, but there was still a long and challenging walk up many steps to the top.  When I reached my destination there were impressive panoramic views.  Since I was in no hurry to leave after the effort it took to get there I decided to have a good look around.


A stop on the way up:


Scenes from the top:


Later, a leisurely walk down with different views:



Back outside again.  That was fun!


68 thoughts on “The View from St. Peter’s Basilica

    • I really like your description! It was quite early when I got to St. Peter’s and there wasn’t any wait to get in. The view from the top was wonderful and I’m very happy to share these pictures!

  1. I love peering down on those rooftop gardens – they seem so peaceful. The book Basilica is supposed to be really good. I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my list.

  2. Wow, worth the effort to the top. I love it if I can get to the top of somewhere/something for a panoramic view, it puts a whole new perspective on the city that you’re visiting.

  3. Wow, what a beautiful view! I didn’t go to the top when I was there (can’t remember the reason), but I do remember St. Peter’s Basilica to be enormous on the inside, bigger than any I’ve ever seen before!

  4. Wow! The shot from the top is outstanding and the dome as well! My photos are old and faded. Your post makes me want to pack my bags and go back now :-)

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