St. Peter's Basilica
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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

Do not do these two activities on the same day

They are both fantastic experiences but it is too much to try to in one day ! You will be rushing and it's then quite stressful

Vatican and Colosseum 1-Day Combo Tour Reviewed by Lisa, 04/22/2019

Lovely tour of the Rome outskirts in one wrap!

Our tour guide Francesca (I hope I spelled that right) was engaging, funny, and I was glad that she kept some grown up information discreet (but in good humor) so that our 11 year old didn't have a clue of what she was hinting in terms of "social services" of women :) Thank you for an informational and well organized tour, from sign up to the tour end. We are very happy with the overall experience of the tour and would like to refer others as well. In terms of tagging along children on tours, it was a tour that could be done on stroller and the activities were short and precise, therefore our four children from 2 to 11 were not bored at any point but I would also like to make a point that we were not rushed at all. I would recommend this tour to people without vehicles and also with small children as you can cover a lot in the morning, but still get to see the wonderful aqueducts and other historical places. If you try to get there yourself, you are sure to get lost/not find parking!

Guide with deep knowledge and genuine interest

Very good guide! Good tour. We got to see it all, and had a great time in the Vatican!

Well organized, outlining of the main subjects & disciplined guide.

The subject is a priori wonderfull, still with the numerous attendance, the guide could highlight what's most important.

ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT ! ALBERTO IS A GREAT GUIDE !

I AM VERY GLAD I BOOKED THIS TOUR FOR MY TRIP TO ROME, IT WAS A GREAT VALUE, VERY NICE TOUR, WITH AN ABSOLUTELY GREAT GUIDE- HIS NAME WAS ALBERTO, HE WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND TO EXPLAIN EVERYTHING, WE DIDN'T HAVE TO WAIT IN ANY LINE ALTHOUGH IT WAS CROWDED! VERY WELL ORGANISED AND AGAIN SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GUIDE FOR MAKING THIS EXPERIENCE SO MEMORABLE! IOANNA & KONSTANTINOS

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