Visiting St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome | Vatican City

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St. Peter’s Basilica Dome Guided Tour

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2 hr. - 2 hr. 30 min.
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  • Your tour starts with climbing to the top of St. Peter's Basilica's dome, alongside an expert local tour guide.
  • Once at the top, gaze out and catch awe-inspiring views of Rome, its popular landmarks, and the surrounding hills.
  • Pick up interesting facts and details regarding the dome of Michaelangelo and the Papal Tombs from your guide.
  • Explore the dazzling interiors of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Papal Sarcophagi once you've visited the top of the dome.
  • Appreciate the artistic brilliance of Michelangelo and Bernini while at the Basilica.

Inclusions

  • Admission to the St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Dome climb
  • Visit to the Papal Sarcophagi (optional)
  • Expert English, Spanish, French, German or Italian-speaking guide

Exclusions

  • Pick-up and drop-off services
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Visit to the Necropolis / St. Peter’s Tomb / Scavi
  • This tour is not wheelchair-friendly.
  • On days close to religious holidays at the Vatican, parts of the tour such as the Papal Tombs may not be open. In this case, the tour of the Basilica itself will be extended.
  • Please note that this tour includes a climb of a substantial number of steps and requires a decent level of physical fitness to undertake.
  • Dress code: Please be dressed appropriately. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Expect a considerable wait time as you queue for the security checks. It could take up to 60 minutes during the peak season.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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St. Peter’s Basilica & Dome Guided Tour with Breakfast

€49
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  • The most convenient way to discover the nooks of St. Peter’s Basilica is this guided tour that includes access to the base of the Dome by elevator!
  • Relish a hearty breakfast before you savor the sweeping views of the Eternal City from the top of the dome.
  • An expert English or French-speaking guide will take you through the basilica in detail, from hidden spots to St. Peter’s burial space.
  • Discover legendary works like the marble sculpture Pietà by Michelangelo, and Bernini's Baldachin – the extravagant bronze canopy over the altar!

Inclusions

  • Entry with guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and Dome
  • Expert English or French-speaking guide (as per option selected)
  • Elevator access to the Dome’s 1st level
  • Breakfast
  • Tip: At the roof level, be sure to check out the giant Apostle statues visible on its façade. Pose along with it to capture its sheer relative size!
  • Strict dress code: No shorts or sleeveless shirts are allowed.
  • Liquids, sharp items, and bulky bags are not allowed inside the venue.
  • This experience is not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Small-Group Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica

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  • Head over to St. Peter's Basilica, and discover an iconic church with an official Vatican guide in a language of your choice.
  • Check out the stunning works of art and architecture by Renaissance greats such as Bernini, Donato Bramante, Carlo Maderno, and more.
  • Pay homage to the grand tomb of St. John Paul II on this guided tour.

Inclusions

  • Entry into St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guided tour in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish (as per option selected)
  • Specialized guide for small groups (no more than 25 people)
  • Tip: Be prepared to go through a security screening before entering the basilica, so it's best to avoid carrying large bags or backpacks.
  • To pay your respects, you must abide by the Basilica's dress code. Sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats are not permitted. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women.
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes as the experience involves a fair amount of walking.
  • Expect a considerable wait time as you queue for the security checks. It could take up to 60 mins during the peak season.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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St. Peter’s Basilica, Square, and Papal Tombs Guided Tour

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1 hr. 30 min.
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  • Immerse in an enlightening guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica, the world's largest Basilica, and Vatican City's captivating Papal Grottoes.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking interiors of the Basilica, a spectacular showcase of art by Michelangelo and Bernini. Choose between an English or Italian-speaking guide.
  • Experience the convergence of art, history, and religion at the Basilica, and walk the hallowed ground where numerous popes rest in the Papal Grottoes.
  • This tour also includes a visit to the iconic St. Peter’s Square, ending on a high note with directions to the mesmerizing St. Peter's Dome.

Inclusions

  • Tour of St. Peter's Basilica, Square and Grottoes
  • Expert English or Italian-speaking guide
  • Entrance to the St. Peter's Basilica
  • Assistance from a local staff

Exclusions

  • Entry to St. Peter's Dome
  • Tip: Keep an eye out for Bernini's Baldachin - it's a massive bronze canopy made from bronze stripped from the Pantheon!
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered. No low-cut, sleeveless tops or shorts will be permitted. You may risk being denied entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  • Note that the following items are not allowed inside the venue: tripods and flash photography.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

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3 hr.
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  • From the world-famous Sistine Chapel to the extensive art collections of the Vatican Museums, uncover it all on this unforgettable tour.
  • Discover the grandeur of St. Peter's Basilica, a sanctuary of faith and artistic beauty, with skip-the-line entry and self-guided exploration.
  • Journey through centuries of history as an expert guide reveals the stories and secrets behind the art and architecture of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
  • Behold the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, including the iconic ceiling and Last Judgment, showcasing the genius of one of history's greatest artists.
  • Choose between local English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese-speaking guides who will regale you with intriguing anecdotes.

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  • Skip-the-line entry to Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-line entry to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Expert local English, German, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese-speaking guide
  • Audio equipment
  • Group tour of 25 or less
  • Tip: Avoid booking on Wednesdays! Did you know the Pope speaks in St Peter's Square Wednesday mornings? Sometimes this results in last-min closures, so plan for another day if possible.
  • The Vatican Museums offer free tickets for visitors with mobility impairments (with certified invalidity exceeding 74%). In the case of visitors lacking in self-sufficiency, free entry is extended to their companions.
  • Please note: All guests must pass through airport-style security. During high season and peak hours, the wait time at the security check may be up to 30 mins.
  • Compulsory Vatican dress code: Visitors must wear clothing that covers their knees, arms, and back.
  • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users, pram/stroller users, or baby carriages.
  • The Basilica may be subject to last-minute closures. In the event that it is closed, the tour will be extended inside the museums.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour with St. Peter’s Basilica Dome Climb

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5 hr. 30 min.
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  • Commence your tour by climbing to the terrace of St. Peter’s Basilica, where you will uncover unmatched panoramic views of Rome from atop Michelangelo’s Cupola.
  • Immerse yourself in the genius of the Renaissance on VIP Vatican tour, guided by experts with skip-the-line access.
  • Discover the Basilica's Barocco charm and Michelangelo's Pieta. Then, witness Bernini and Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpieces at the Papal Sarcophagi.
  • Pay a visit to the beguiling Sistine Chapel, and marvel at the cherished murals here, such as the painted ceiling and The Last Judgement by Michelangelo.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line VIP access to Vatican Museums
  • Admission to the Sistine Chapel
  • Admission to the St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Dome climb and visit to the Papal Sarcophagi
  • Headsets (for groups of six or more)
  • Reservation fees

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  • Transportation
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Visit to the Necropolis / St. Peter’s Tomb / Scavi
  • Tips: Don't forget to look down as you ascend the dome. Through special windows, you can catch glimpses of the basilica's interior below, offering a unique perspective.
  • It's recommended to wear clothing that covers their knees, arms, and back.
  • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Note that the following are not allowed on this tour: tripod, flash photography, knives, weapons, or sharp objects.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Papal Audience Guided Tour with Free Viewing Experience

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  • Get the chance to witness the Pope take the stage at St. Peter's Square and hum along to weekly prayers with tickets to the Papal audience.
  • Learn about the history and traditions of the papacy from your expert English or Spanish-speaking guide.
  • Opt to start your morning with a wholesome Italian breakfast and a quick look at Emperor Hadrian's tomb inside Castel Sant'Angelo.
  • Upgrade to make the most of your visit to St. Peter's Square with a guided tour of the basilica and marvel at Michelangelo's Pieta.

Inclusions

  • Free Ticket for the Papal Audience
  • A seat in St. Peter's Square
  • English or Spanish-speaking guide
  • Typical Italian breakfast (optional)
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica (optional)
  • Assistance at the meeting point (optional

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  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
  • Guaranteed seats
  • Hotel transfers
  • Tip: The best seats are on the front row or the aisle so try to grab an aisle seat. The Pope will come through the crowd, so you will have a better chance of getting close to him.
  • Only the papal viewing is free of cost.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility.
  • This experience is available in English and Spanish.
  • Strict Dress Code: No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will risk being refused entry if you fail to comply with the requirements.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Roma Pass & Omnia Card: Hop-on Hop-off Tour of Rome & Discounts

€149
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  • Explore Rome with the Roma Pass and Omnia Card and get free entry to landmarks, a 72-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour and discounted tickets.
  • Save big with reserved entry to Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with access to the Spiral Staircase, Raphael Rooms, and the Papal Throne.
  • Avail free entry to 2 of the city’s spots like the Colosseum and Palatine Hill, and more and enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour dotted with 12 central stops.
  • Complimentary public transport access by bus, tram, metro, and overground trains ensures a seamless city experience too.
  • After purchasing your pass online, reserve time slots for attractions and once arriving in Rome, pick your passes from collection centers.

Inclusions

  • Validity: 72 hours
  • 72-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour with 12 stops
  • Free admission to 2 other attractions
  • Museums, zoos, attractions:
  • Museum of Rome, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill, Colosseum & more
  • Guidebook and city map
  • Unlimited access to Rome’s metro, trams, buses & overground trains
  • Get complete details here

Exclusions

  • Tour guide
  • Attractions not included in the list
  • Transport to and from Fiumicino or Ciampino Airports
  • First bus: 10am from Termini Station
  • Last bus: 4pm from Termini Station
  • Frequency: 90 mins

Check out the route map here.

  • Tip: As the hop-on hop-off tour connects major spots in the city, check the route map and disembark wherever you want to.
  • Each attraction can only be visited once.
  • Some attractions may require pre-booking. Please visit individual attraction websites for this information as well as daily operating hours.
  • Pre-booking a time slot to visit the Colosseum is mandatory. This can be done online (a charge of 2 EUR per person will be levied) via a call center.
  • Pre-booking for the Colosseum at the Roman Forum/Palatine ticket offices on the day is free of charge (subject to availability).
  • Secure your pass online and reserve time slots at the attractions you wish to visit.
  • When you arrive in Rome, swing by one of our centrally-located collection centers to pick up your passes.
  • Once you have your passes in hand, which are valid for 72 hours, explore all the top attractions and enjoy hop-on hop-off tours and free access to public transport like buses, trams, metros and trains.
  • The pass is valid for 12 months from the day of purchase.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 90 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • These tickets are valid for 24 months from the date of purchase.
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  • This economical guided tour combo is the go-to choice for those looking to delve deeper into the art history of the Vatican.
  • Start your tour learning about the 120-year-long resilient process of creating St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world, from your expert guide.
  • Worried about exploring the series of 1400 rooms in Vatican Museums? Fret not, your guide will ensure you don't miss out on the greats with a perfectly-planned itinerary.
  • Said to house the largest collection of art in the world, the museum will awe you with Renaissance masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Da Vinci.
  • During your Sistine Chapel tour, ask your guide about Michelangelo’s self-portraits in the Last Judgement and the hidden references to the human anatomy in the magnificent fresco.

Inclusions

St. Peter's Basilica

  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Guided tour of the Sistine Chapel

This ticket has the following options that you can choose from:

  • English-guided tour
  • Spanish-guided tour
  • French guided tour

St. Peter's Basilica

  • Strict dress code: Sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats are not permitted. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
  • Expect a considerable wait time as you queue for the security checks. It could take up to an hour during the peak season.

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

  • Photography is allowed, only without flash. Taking videos and photos for commercial purposes, or live broadcasting of a show is strictly prohibited.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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English Guided Tour of the St. Peter's Basilica and the Cupola

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  • Explore the largest church in the world and the most important building in Christendom in the company of a professional licenced guide.
  • Admire the beauty of the residence of the Pope, designed by the world-famous Michelangelo, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Carlo Maderno.
  • Listen to intriguing stories drawn from the rich Vatican history from your English-speaking guide.
  • Discover a treasure trove of masterpieces and relics in the basilica, including Michelangelo's The Pietà.
  • Climb to the top of the Cupola and take Instagrammable snaps of the breathtaking Rome panorama.
  • Please note that from 30 Dec 2021, it is mandatory for every guest to have an FFP2 mask for the entrance to any museum in Italy. Without this mask, you will not be able to participate in the tour.

Inclusions

  • 3-hour tour
  • Access to St Peters’ Basilica and the Cupola
  • Professional licenced guide
  • Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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St. Peter's Basilica | The Greatest of All Churches in Christendom

St. Peter's Basilica is an Italian Renaissance church that was designed primarily by Donato Bramante, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Michelangelo, and Carlo Maderno. Construction of the basilica began in 1506 and was completed in 1626. The basilica is located adjacent to St. Peter’s Square, only a 10-minute walk away from the Vatican Museums.

The largest church in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica is more than just the most important building in Christendom. A cultural, historical, and architectural landmark, the church holds within itself treasures from millennia including paintings, sculptures, artifacts, and more.

Why Visit St Peter's Basilica?

St Peter's Basilica

Who Built the St. Peter's Basilica?

The Old St. Peter's Basilica was built in the 4th century by the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. The plan for the present St. Peter's Basilica was conceived by Pope Nicholas V. In 1506, Julius II laid the first stone for the new basilica. Construction of the present basilica was completed between April 1506 and November 1626. It was designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Where is St. Peter's Basilica Located?

St. Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica Timings

St Peters Basilica Opening Hours
St Peter's Basilica Dome Hours
St Peters Basilica Mass Timings

St Peter's Basilica History in a Nutshell

  • As per Catholic tradition, Saint Peter, after spending 34 years spreading the word of Christianity, travelled to Rome. Here, he was crucified upside down on a cross in Circus of Nero, and buried nearby on what is now the Vatican Hill.
  • Between 319 AD and 333 AD Emperor Constantine The Great built the Old Basilica on the grounds of the burial spot of St. Peter.
  • With the old Basilica falling into disrepair, at the behest of Pope Julius II, the current St. Peter’s Basilica was built in the 16th Century.

St. Peter's Basilica Highlights

St. Peter’s Basilica Cupola
Vatican Grottoes
St. Peter's Treasury

St. Peter's Treasury

St. Peter’s Treasury is another section of the basilica that has an admission charge. Its exhibition contains church ornaments, statues, and various other objects that were usually royal gifts such as the Tomb of Sixtus IV, and the Papal tiara. The most ancient object in the Treasury is the Vatican Cross which had been gifted by Emperor Justine III. It has a series of mounted cabochon-cut, colored gems (emeralds, jaspers, aquamarines, agates, rock crystal). In the center, you will find a capsule containing fragments of the Holy Cross.

St. Peter’s Basilica Pieta
St Peter's Chair
St Peter's Tomb

Frequently Asked Questions About St. Peter's Basilica

Q. What is the St. Peter's Basilica?

A. St. Peter's Basilica is a Renaissance style located in Vatican City. Designed primarily by Donato Bramante, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Michelangelo, and Carlo Maderno between 1506 and 1626, St. Peter's Basilica is the largest church in the world.

Q. Where is St. Peter's Basilica located?

A. St. Peter's Basilica is located at Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City.

Q. What are the timings of St. Peter's Basilica?

A. During the low season, between 1 October to 31 March, the St. Peter's Basilica is open from 8 AM - 5 PM and during high season, from 1 April to 30 September, the Basilica is open from 7 AM - 7 PM.

Q. Why was St Peter's Basilica built?

A. The Old St Peter's Basilica was built between 319 AD and 333 to commemorate Saint Peter, who is believed to have been buried there. In the 16th century, at the behest of Pope Julius II, the current St. Peter’s Basilica was built after the old one fell into disrepair.

Q. Are St. Peter’s Basilica tickets available online?

A. Yes, you can now book your St. Peter's Basilica tickets online now. You can book your St. Peter's Basilica tickets here.

Q. Do I have to follow a dress code to enter St. Peter's Basilica?

A. As a church, St. Peter's Basilica expects its visitors to follow certain decorum. A dress code is strictly enforced at St Peter's Basilica. Clothing above the knees, low cut tops and bare shoulders are not allowed.

Q. How can I get to St. Peter's Basilica?

A. You can travel to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City by metro, train or bus.

Q. Can I attend the mass at St. Peter's Basilica?

A. Yes, the entry to St. Peter's Basilica is free during Mass. However you have to be dressed in proper church clothes.

Q. What can I see inside the St. Peter's Basilica?

A. The St. Peter's Basilica Dome or the Cupola, Vatican Grottoes, Michelangelo's Pieta, St. Peter’s Baldachin, Statue of St. Longinus, St. Peter’s Tomb and the Chair of St. Peter are some of the main attractions inside St. Peter's Basilica.

Q. Can you just walk into St Peter's Basilica?

A. Yes, you actually can simply enter St. Peter's Basilica unless you wish to skip the line or wish to opt for a guided tour.

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