St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Arguably one of the finest Cathedrals in the entire world, St. Peter's is the spiritual center of the Vatican and the product of many of Italy's great Renaissance's architects, among them Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo.
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Neighbourhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighbourhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighbourhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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  • Tualie
    Varese, Italy1,354 contributions
    Following after Vatican museums
    After visiting those museums, we visited the Basilica and we attended partial liturgical service. Apart of St. Peter's baldachin, the "Pietà" Michelangelo's dolorous sculpture of Jesus and Mary which was crowded, caught our eye that monumental tomb of Pope Alexander VII, that draped marble, how they did that? Those art marvels... pity that time was against us (we spent so much time in the Vatican museums) and we had to leave just in time to see the Swiss guard change and closure... missed the Vatican necropolis and the Vatican dome's tour which is an excuse for us to come back in the future.
    Visited May 2022
    Written 22 February 2023
  • Morgan
    218 contributions
    Skip the line!
    Definitely worth a visit! Pictures do not do justice how massive and opulent it is. Would recommend skip the line (we had skip the line for the museums and here) as queues can be extremely long. We did abandon the additional queue for further entry to the dome as the queue was taking a very long time.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 February 2023
  • Happy Days
    Durban, South Africa30 contributions
    A magnificent wonder of the world.
    St Peter's is a wonder of the world. It is one of those places that not only lives up to what you ever imagined, but surpasses your hopes. Standing in the square and examining the facade of this magnificent place, is well worth it. I recommend that you take your time. This is definitely not a "snap a picture and go" type of experience. The interior is magnificent, and no photo can prepare you for being there. A climb up to the dome is well worth the effort, and although it can feel a little claustrophobic on the climb, is well worth the views across Rome. This place will live in my memory as long as I live.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 25 February 2023
  • TrevFj
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom158 contributions
    It's a Must See Experience
    We booked an early morning tour guide, they say you jump the ques doing this but You won't. You still have to que to get in through Secutity. ( No Water or Fluids in Any bottles or containers), but take an empty water bottle because drinking water is free after the security check at various water fountains which are safe. So book a morning tour guide and get there early, we were there at 9am and it only took 10 minutes to get in. (At lunchtime there was may be a 500m que). With the tour guide we were given an ear piece so we could listen to them talking privately and it worked really well. Our Tour guide price to St Peters also included a trip to the roof top, we took the lift to the 1st part (good thing to do) then walked the rest. *Warning it's Steep and also as your climbing a dome you lean to one side. Also the last steps are tight spirall. But when your there there are Fantastic views, my advice is take your time, don't panic and enjoy. We also visited the crypt in the Basilica and visited past Pope's tombs. Pope John Paul 2nd is here with many more very famous people. A very special place to visit what ever your beliefs or politics, Unbelievable architecture that needs to be seen. YOU Will feel small trust me. A must see.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 February 2023
  • Claude M
    Vence, France933 contributions
    Enormous, magnificent
    This church is enormous and magnificent. It is full of popes statues and memorials. We also took the tour to the rooftop (and the 321 steps) to see Rome and St Peter square from above. It is well worth the visit. Book tickets early tobe sure to get in.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 28 February 2023
  • Autism Family Reviews
    Sunderland, United Kingdom164 contributions
    Couples tour of Vatican & St Petes
    Brilliant tour we'll informed by Vincenzo our guide. Great customer service by all the staff located around Vatican and church areas as.my wife had broken her leg and help was offered rather than sought. Excellent standards
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 February 2023
  • Chris318i
    Regensburg, Germany333 contributions
    Most impressive basilica we have ever seen
    St. Peter is definitely the most impressive basilica we have ever visited. My wife, two sons (4 and 2 years old) and I went there during the evining hours (1,5 hours before closing of the dome). Maybe we were lucky, because it was raining before, but the waiting time at that time of the day was totally acceptable (and we went to Rome during the high season in August without buying tickets upfront). We were one of the last to climb the dome and spent quite some time there to enjoy the view over the Vatican and Rome. Afterwards we visited St. Peter from the inside and also there we had sufficient time left and it was not too crowded. For us it was a unique experience and from our point of view, St. Peter Basilica is definitely a must-see in Rome.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Leah
    Billings, Montana4 contributions
    Beautiful
    Entrance to St Peter's Basilica is FREE, and if you go early in the morning then the line through security moves fairly quickly. Please remember that while it is also a historical location, and "tourist attraction", it is also a Holy place. To me personally it was not only beautiful but very moving.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • fabgo
    Paris, France73 contributions
    Spectacular
    The most amazing building on Earth. At least as far as I know. Rome is severely over-touristed. But surprisingly, it was not too crowded (I visited in February). And it's free. It's the best deal in town. Make sure to go to the top (not free, but reasonable at $8).
    Visited February 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Big_Jeff_Leo
    St Helens, United Kingdom21,978 contributions
    Incredible to behold - but book a Tour!
    You can enter St.Peter's for Free, but you will spend a long time in a queue that can be avoided. If you book a tour then this will include a guide and the fast entry. We chose a tour that included the dome, cathedral and crypt. The Dome offers an astounding view of Rome. The first 200 steps are taken care of by an elevator, but the next few hundred you will have to climb yourself which is not easy. (Do not attempt this if you have health or mobility issues). If you just go to the first level you can still enjoy the view of the interior and the magnificent dome above - up close. The Guide was just excellent and pointed out the main monuments and points of interest and then lead us down to the crypt to see the tombs of the Popes. There is no photography here but everywhere else has no restrictions. It is of course very busy but the amazing size and beauty of the structure is awe inspiring and well worth you going for the up-grade.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 10 March 2023
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ThebestofKendell
Denver, CO373 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
In the beginning of December we still had to wait in quite the line. We went around 2 and the line was pretty far down the plaza. Despite this, it moved fast and we got through in about 20 minutes and it is absolutely worth the wait as it’s incredibly unique and beautiful.
Written 15 February 2024
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RudySzymon
Chicago, IL853 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Enormous cathedral, central place for Catholic fate. Large number of separate altars, treasure museum, grotto with deceased popes remains.
Written 12 February 2024
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ΑΚΑΛΑΝΘΙΣ
Litochoro, Greece717 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
It is the third time I am visiting the saint peter basilica and always I am astonished by the architecture , the paintings and the beauty of art !
I can not describe the feeling also when I saw the Hellenic letters on the top !
A must see !
Written 9 February 2024
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chocolate123
Switzerland65 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We did what somebody suggested here: On a Sunday when the Vatican Museums are free as everybody is lining up there (500 m? 1km?)

It worked out but only because we were there by 10 am. Would not arrive later. Outside low season even earlier.

The church is stunning, no question. Very special: There was a high mass going on while we and lots of others were visiting :-O But it gave the experience a very special atmosphere as there was a lot of singing going on.

And again, as with the Vatican museums, crowd management is very poor.
That's why only three stars.
Written 5 February 2024
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PaoloB
Newtownards, UK130 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
A must see when visiting Rome and words or pictures can’t describe the scale, size and extravagance of this church.

Queue to get in moves quickly and you can take pictures on your phone

A must see
Written 4 February 2024
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Tiffani K
Washington DC, DC7 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Vatican City is a captivating destination blending history, art and spirituality. Explore St. Peter’s Basilica, a marvel of renaissance architecture, and St. Peter’s Square, where papal audiences unfold. Don’t miss the Vatican Museums, housing renowned artworks like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. Whether you are drawn by faith or art, Vatican City promises a profound and unforgettable experience.
Written 1 February 2024
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Su L
3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Visiting St. Peter's Basilica was a surreal experience that exceeded all expectations. As a traveler, the sheer scale of the basilica is awe-inspiring; the moment I stepped into the vast square, the iconic dome dominating the skyline took my breath away.

The interior is a visual feast – the intricate details of sculptures, mosaics, and Michelangelo's Pieta showcase the pinnacle of artistic achievement. Climbing to the top was a bit challenging but utterly rewarding, offering breathtaking views of Rome and the Vatican City.
Written 12 January 2024
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MtEverest
Las Vegas235 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Since it is free and they don't take reservation for timed entry, you absolutely have to go there early in the morning. The line actually moves pretty fast - be ready, consolidate your stuff so you can get through security quickly. If you plan on climbing the dome, I would suggest doing that first, because you have to wait in line as well. I would also sugget the "walking" option instead of the "elevator" option as the line moves much faster. On top while you are still inside you get a peak of the altar of the basilica, and when you finally make it you have a panoramic view of the city. The basilica itself needs no further comment. It is spectacular in every way. There many tours you can join, but you really don't need as it is just one big open space. Read up on the important art (like Michelangelo's pieta), and the history, and you are good to go, instead of having to folllow a group with unreliable audio, you can actually contemplate in solitude.
Written 30 December 2023
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Tim M
Vienna, Austria8 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
I'm not religious - architecture who am i to judge - monumental, sublime. Michaelangelo - bucket list worthy sculpture. Mary's face, looking at Jesus - unmatched by anyone in art history. Life-altering, philosophy made of stone. You believe it when you see it.
Written 21 December 2023
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Bruce S
Hat Head, Australia19 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
The spiritual seat of the Holy See, Basilica Papale di San Piero, is one huge cavernous place for the tiniest sovereign principality in the world. Not quite over-awing and certainly not “Angels and Demons”, but even for a Nullifidian, the church has some heavy atmosphere about it. The massively large Porta Di Bronzo front door in itself oozes evocative power.
Written 20 December 2023
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St. Peter's Basilica admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost S$30.20, while a popular guided tour starts around S$7.36 per person.




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