Rome from the dome of the Vatican. Rome is the capital of Italy and the country's largest and most populated municipality (central area), with over 2.7 million residents in 1,285.3 km2 (496.3 sq mi). While the population of the urban area was estimated by Eurostat to have been 3.46 million in 2004, the metropolitan area of Rome was estimated by OECD to have had a population of 3.7 million no later than 2006
Rome from the Vatican Cupola - Rome visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Rome from the Vatican Cupola' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Roma.
A view over Rome taken from the viewing gallery on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, about 140m above Rome. This picture shows views over St Peters Square and beyond. The Cupola viewpoint is one of the highlights of visiting St Peters' Basilica. Visitors can either ascend via a lift (paid) or a long series of steps (free).
Part way up the inside of the dome is viewing gallery looking back down into the Basilica itself with people flocking around the Papal Altar. The stairs then continue up the space between the dome and outer walls, getting progressively narrower and more inclined until arriving at the viewing balcony that encircles the dome.
Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica - The view
From the top visitors get an unrivalled view over Vatican City and Rome, looking out over the roof of St. Peter's Basilica. 13 statues of Christ and various disciples and Apostles lining the top of the massive façade
, beyond which lies St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)
, built to be the same size and shape as the Colosseum
The view beyond Piazza San Pietro continues down Via della Conciliazione to the Castel Sant Angelo V (from where you can get another panoramic view over Rome) and the ponte S. Angelo. Half way down this road, on the left, is the church of Santa Maria in Transpontina (Saint Mary's in the Transpontine-district).
To the north, this virtual tour shows views over the Vatican museums and the Vatican gardens.
Metro: Ottaviano (A), S.Pietro (A)
Train: Roma S.Pietro
- VISIT TO THE DOME: Visits to the dome of St. Peter's are possible every day from 8.00 to 18.00, April to September and from 8.00 to 17.00, October to March. The entrance is at the portico of the Basilica.