Cupola of St. Peter Basilica - Vatican City live cam
View of St. Peter's cupola from Piazza Risorgimento in Rome

Cupola of St. Peter Basilica - Vatican City

Our live webcam from Rome’s Piazza Risorgimento offers users an incredible view of St. Peter’s cupola. The dome is the tallest in the world measuring approximately 136 meters in height and circa 41 meters in diameter.

After successive designs by Bramante and Sangallo, in 1547, at the age of 71, Michelangelo, who had taken over the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica, remarkably redesigned the cupola. The maestro, as those before him, left a beautiful wooden model of his design and when he passed, in 1564, construction had only reached the drum. At this point, Pope Sixtus assigned the job to Michelangelo’s pupil, acclaimed Architect Giacomo Della Porta.

In 1590, after 22 months of strenuous work and the efforts of 800 men, Della Porta and Domenico Fontana brought the dome to completion. The result was a glorious work of art. At the base of the cupola, amongst the unbelievably detailed mosaics, a short Latin text reads: “Upon this rock I will build my church”.

Heading to Rome? Tune in to our live cam broadcasting directly from Rome’s Piazza Risorgimento for a preview of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Fun Facts

Popular legend narrates that when designing the dome, Michelangelo looked to the Pantheon for inspiration and said: “I could build one bigger, but not more beautiful.”

If you’re asking yourself what the best way to experience the cupola is, the answer is simple: take the 551-step stairway all the way to the top! Beware, it’s no easy climb, but the breathtaking view of Rome from St. Peter’s dome is well worth the “struggle”.

Cam on-line since: 07/19/2016

Comments

  • avatar
    • 12 months ago
    • Mel

    Just come from here where Pope Francis just did mass ! Fabulous

  • avatar
    • 2 years ago
    • Capture Sam

    26dec17-- A Thank You to our host, St. Peter Bed in Rome , for sponsoring this 'live cam' view of St. Peter Basilica's cupola - Vatican City from Piazza Risorgimento in Rome. spectacular.

  • avatar
    • 2 years ago
    • Anne

    Brilliant new view.

  • avatar
    • 3 years ago
    • Mónika

    Happy New Year!

  • avatar
    • 3 years ago
    • Gianni

    Another great webcam. It is a pity that the cam at the opposite side of the Vatican is no longer there. It was pointing at the Porte Cavaleggieri. It came from the Via delle Fornaci 15. Can you bring it back please?

  • avatar
    • 3 years ago
    • Regis

    Another great cam!

  • avatar
    • 3 years ago
    • %arc

    Another great addition to the collection, Thanks to St Peter Bed and Skyline, for such opportunity to feel closer to that amazing city

  • avatar
    • 3 years ago
    • Joseph

    Very nice! Thanks Skyline and St. Peter Bed in Rome