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Top sights in Rome
The world-famous St. Peter's Basilica took 120 years to complete and involved some of the most talented architects of its time. It's arguably the greatest achievement of late-Renaissance architecture – here are five highlights amongst its countless marvels.
The magnificent entrance to the Basilica consists of a gigantic square, featuring a 25-meter obelisk at the center, encircled by colossal Tuscan colonnades four columns deep.
The Basilica's facade, designed by Baroque architect Maderno, is 114 meters wide and 45 meters tall. Built entirely from travertine stone, it's quite simply breathtaking.
The opulent interiors, including Maderno's lavishly-decorated nave, are so immense that it can be hard to judge the building's proportions.
At 136 meters, Michelangelo's famous dome is the tallest dome in the world. It stands proud in Rome's skyline and offers a staggering panorama of the city.
Below the Basilica, there's a large network of tunnels housing the Vatican Grottoes. Many popes are buried here, including John Paul II and the first ever pope, St. Peter himself.
As a Catholic building, appropriate clothing is required to enter St. Peter's Basilica. Regardless of the high temperatures in Rome during the summer, shorts, bare shoulders and miniskirts are not allowed – the dress code is strictly enforced.
The queues to enter St. Peter's Basilica can get extremely long. It's therefore a good idea to arrive early, especially at the height of summer when temperatures can be sweltering. From April to September, the basilica's opening hours are from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM, while from October to March, the basilica is open from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Note that most mornings, the queues are already snaking around the square by 11:00 AM.
Every Wednesday, the Pope holds a public audience on St. Peter’s Square, and in the Audience Hall during winter. The audience starts at 10:30 AM, but most visitors arrive earlier to score a good seat. Security opens between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM.
- When should I visit?7:00 AM - 6:30 PM daily.
- Is it expensive?Ticket prices vary depending on group size.
- Will I need a guide?Recommended!
- How to get thereBuses 64, 60, and 40 will get you to the Vatican City. Alternatively, take the red metro line to Cipro station.
- Additional information
- Bring a covering for your shoulders, and do not wear shorts or short skirts.
- Use sunscreen and bring water for when you are waiting in line outside.
What people are saying about St. Peter's Basilica
Our lovely Dutch guide (Lottie?) remained calm and charming throughout this super busy visit to the Vatican. Her humour and patience shone through, as well as her knowledge. St Peters took our breath away and our guide still conveys the magic and awe she feels when we walked through the doors despite her many visits. The crowds were astonishing and yet we were gently managed through the hubbub with kindness and humour. Thankyou!
Great experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. The line to enter was quite long - but having someone to help navigate the entire experience was quite helpful. Great tour!
Amazing tours. We had two great guides who provided really good information, it was well organized and paying extra to skip the line was definitely worth it! Highly recommend!
Although the entrance location was a bit hard to find, once the found it, we were so happy to skip the long hot wait in line! It was a 90 degree F sunny day and it felt great to breeze right into the Basilica! These tickets were well worth it!!
Our guide, Marie-Laura, was well informed and very helpful, and managed to keep us all together, despite the crowds. We got in quickly, and saw the highlights. I would stress that it is essential to get there early, as the tours leave bang on time, and do not wait for stragglers. We missed our tour when we were 8 minutes late, but fortunately were fitted in the following day. I wouldn't want to have queued in the heat to get it.