After waiting in line for an hour we were able to enter the Vatican. I was not very keen on paying, but hey, it was worth it. I will tell you how we got to the Dome of St. Peter. You enter through a courtyard where you also will also wait for the lifts. After there are a few more stairs which are not suitable for asthmatics or very elderly. But from above, if you're able to elbow a few people out of your way (long live cordiality in holy places), you will get great photos of the square and the views of Rome.