I am trying to plan our day in Vatican City and have found many posts and other articles about the number of steps to the top of the dome - but haven't read anything about how much time to allow for this activity. I know it partially depends on the security line, slow people in front of you, etc, but am trying to get a general idea.
Party of our group is doing the Scavi tour at 9am (last about 1.5 hrs) and then thought we would climb the cupola around 11, after the tour. We are also looking to take a Vatican Tour at 2:00pm (14:00) - but would also need time for lunch. Especially since we will have my 8 year old with us.
If we start the climb at 11am, will we be able to get to the top, enjoy the view, climb down, eat lunch and be back for a 2pm tour?
Thanks for your help!