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St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)
St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

Open daily 7am - 7pm (6pm in winter)
Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City, 00120

The Basics

St. Peter's Basilica is must-see during any visit to the Vatican. There's no admission fee, so it's easy to stop in on your own, but a guided tour or audio guide will help you truly understand the significance of the history and art. Many travelers either choose a tour that focuses exclusively on the basilica or one that also stops at other areas in the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Either way, book a skip-the-line ticket or early-access tour that allows you to visit before most of the crowds arrive.

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Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
star-4.5
US$166.32 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A Don't Miss Tour in Rome
Assunta, our tour guide, was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable and was very enthusiastic about her work.
bobatkinson47, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Must see historical tour.
jackie_o, Jun 2022
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Great tour guide, good personality and knowledge base to make the tour interesting. Respectful of group needs and safety. Robert is wonderful
star-5
A visit to St Peter’s worth the view from the Dome
Julia_B, May 2022
Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
An excellent guide who kept us interested all throughout the wait to get in. We did not have long as visit was at 8.45 - well worth getting up early for. St Peter’s and the dome were fascinating but the grotto is not really interesting unless you enjoy seeing the very boring coffins of past popes. All very clean and not what you’d expect for a grotto. Otherwise a worthwhile visit.
star-4
Great but too busy
Su_W, May 2022
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
It was great but far too busy and each corridor was packed. No real covid spacing. The sistine Chapel was overloaded.
star-5
Knowledgeable tour guide
Kevin_L, Apr 2022
Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to get us access to St. Peter’s which had previously been difficult with COVID and the Easter holiday. This saved us a lot of time.
star-5
Highly Recommended!
Ene_H, Aug 2022
Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
We did this tour with our two fifteen year olds and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour operator met us exactly at the assigned place at the appointed time. Guide Arturo was excellent and very knowledgeable - he really brought Rome and the Basilica to life. I would highly recommend this tour! PS the views of Rome from the dome are well worth the effort!
star-5
Vatican tour
CHANEL_D, Aug 2022
Vatican, Sistine & St. Peter's Basilica Skip The Line & Small Group
The guide did an excellent job and explained everything well. A lot of detailed explanation given. She made sure all in the group we’re together before she went ahead.
star-5
A Must to Go
Eglier_Y, Aug 2022
Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Great time to get to know about the magnificent past of Italy and old empires, thanks to our tour guide for the wonderful time explaining everything with details!
star-5
Wonderful
Ankita_P, Aug 2022
Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Our Tour Guide, Sarina, was very nice and thoughtful. She was patient and descriptive, and accommodating.
star-5
The tour guide was...
Cindee_R, Aug 2022
St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides
The tour guide was excellent. Very informative and beautiful place to visit; however to get in was not so good. We had prepaid tickets and had visited the vatican and we still had to wait in another line which took forever to find. Suggest a separate entrance for those of us have pre-paid
star-5
Well worth it
Michael_J, Mar 2022
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Lucia was very knowledgeable and so friendly. Getting through the security and Covid checks was seamless. Well worth booking
star-5
Guides Informative and Attentive
Bella_l, Aug 2022
Skip-the-line St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb, Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tour
Siri our guide was excellent during the tour, always on the lookout for our welfare, thirst, need for a break, etc. Thanks for an excellent experience!
star-5
Enjoyable and informative
HJH, Aug 2022
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel And Saint Peter's Basilica Semi-private Tour
Our guide was knowledgeable and flexible. We were able to ask many questions and go at the groups’ pace. She was patient and amiable. Excellent experience!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Be prepared for security lines similar to those at airports, including metal detectors, bag scanners, and potentially long waits.

  • This is one of the most popular attractions in all of Italy, so crowds are nearly inevitable.

  • The basilica has a strict dress code—no bare shoulders, midriffs, or knees—and you won't be allowed in unless you adhere to it.

  • A skip-the-line tour of the Vatican that includes St. Peter’s enables you to bypass the basilica’s long entry lines; you still have to go through the security check.

  • Climbing into the basilica’s dome, which affords fantastic views over St. Peter’s Square, requires a ticket.

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How to Get There

St. Peter's Basilica is across the Tiber River from top sights such as the Colosseum and Piazza Navona. The nearest metro stops are Ottaviano–San Pietro–Musei Vaticani and Cipro on line A; there are closer tram and bus stops. If you'd like to walk, cross the Ponte Sant'Angelo toward the Castel Sant'Angelo for a picturesque view.

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When to Get There

The church is open year-round, but it's a working church so it closes regularly for mass and special religious services. Crowds are at their thickest during summer and holidays such as Easter and Christmas, as well as during public papal addresses, given most Wednesdays in the square.

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Underneath St. Peter's Basilica

The basilica’s most famous tomb is that of St. Peter, but most visitors never go below the main level of the church. You can book a small group tour of the Vatican Necropolis to explore the ancient Roman cemetery that lies underground, past the Vatican grottoes, and stand before St. Peter's tomb.

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St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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