We waited in line over an hour for the opportunity to nearly kill ourselves climbing the tiny staircase to the top of the dome. Be warned that it is very strenuous and once you begin the climb, it is nearly impossible to change your mind and go back down because it is one way and there is a steady stream of people coming up behind you. There are a few spots you can rest a bit but don't count on going down. It is a great feeling to reach the top and the view is fantastic. Going up and down, you get a chance to walk very close to the ceiling frescoes and peer down into the cathedral. Very beautiful and impressive. You are climbing hundred of steps between the inner and outer domes. It is a great experience but not for the weak, knee, hip, or heart patients, or those who hate close spaces.
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