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Skip-the-Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Tour

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Immerse yourself in the Vatican's awe-inspiring art with no-wait access to the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more.

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The Majestic Architecture of St. Peter's Basilica

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.

St. Peter's Square

St. Peter's Square

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 Facade

The Facade

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 Nave

The Nave

The opulent interiors, including Maderno's lavishly-decorated nave, are so immense that it can be hard to judge the building's proportions.

The Dome

The Dome

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.

Vatican Grottoes

Vatican Grottoes

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.

Our insider tips

Mind the Dress Code

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.

Arrive Early to Avoid the Lines

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.

See the Pope

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.

Good to know

  • 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 there
    Buses 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

Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 49,756 reviews

Guide was excellent but other things could be improved

The tour was good in that we did not need to wait in queues and got in relatively quickly. We had Maria who was a really good guide and had a lot of knowledge. The issue was not with Maria as she was great, it was with the audio devices as it kept cutting off all the time and I would miss things Maria was saying. This seems to be a common issue that if you get to far back from the guide it cuts of but this is difficult to stay at the front all the time with a group of around 25 people. I would also recommend that if you are a bit claustrophobic to avoid the Sistine Chapel, I had to leave early and find my group later as I thought I was going to faint due to the amount of people crammed in to the room. By the end of the tour, I stopped wearing my audio device because it kept cutting of and was frustrating which meant I missed out on a lot Maria was saying. Overall, Maria was great but listening devices need improved.

Fantastic place. A lot of beatifull masterpieces

Unfortunately the noise and crowd in Vatican Museum especially Sistine Chapell is more than annoying. Stuff screaming all over the place- go, do not stop. If so... how am I supposed to see anything. Waste of time. Seen something but did not feel anything amazing about and in that place.

Mina was a fantastic guide - totally recommend him

We had Mina as our guide. He's friendly, passionate about the place and knowledgeable. I wished we could have spent more time with him get into the details, but 3 hours is a very short time to learn about thousands of years.

The tour was excellent, and the guide was amazing.

The guide was very well-informed, highly perceptive, and always smiling. The tour was well planned. It covers the most important parts of the museum (in the given timeframe), the Basilica, and the Chapel.

Guide was great. Crowds were horrible and made museum tour useless.

Five stars for guide. Negative stars to Vatican for allowing unmanageable number of tourists access to museum and Sistine Chapel in one hundred degree weather.

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