St. Peter's Basilica is a huge church in Vatican, which is the seat of the Pope of all Catholics. The Basilica and the square surrounding it are separate enclosed country within Rome. St Peter’s basilica is the most famous example of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. It is believed the Apostle of Jesus Christ, St. Peter is buried here. He was the first Pope in the world and spreaded Christianity.
The present church was constructed at the beginning of 16th century. It is the highest building in Rome till now. The basilica and the square are embraced with huge columns, and each of them has a statue of Roman popes on the top of it. Besides the central dome, the basilica has also many chapels around it. The whole interior is designed with marble sculptures and gilding. There are also lots of world known masterpieces inside the basilica. The most famous among them is Michelangelo's Pietà. Entrance to the basilica is free of charge.

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    07:00 - 18:30

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    07:00 - 18:30

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  • Tasman Westbury

    5
    - 11 September 2018 -

    This basilica is iconic of Rome and the Catholic Church, even though the actual official seat of the Bishop of Rome (and hence the mother church of Christendom) is the Basilica of St John Lateran. St Peter's is an architectural wonder, with magnificent side altars and multiple Masses every day. The chapels in the crypt each have their own lovely character and the catacombs are amazing. An unforgettable activity is to climb up inside and on top of the dome, where you can admire the frescoed ceiling closely and visit the souvenir shop run by religious sisters on the rooftop.

  • Nikolay Tsvetkov

    5
    - 11 September 2018 -

    Unique place! Especially when you see the Pope. Sunday at 12.00pm. everyone can see the Pope. At. Peter's Basilica is free to visit, there is always a massive queue but is amazing experience! And also you can go to the top of the Basilica (the dome) it cost €8 by foot or €10 by the lift! Incredible view from the Dome! Enjoy the St. Peter's Basilica! Enjoy in Rome.

  • Caspar Abelmann

    5
    - 06 September 2018 -

    I visited Vatican city with a large group of friends. Although none of us were there for religious reasons, we still liked seeing the epic structures with it's rich decoration. We travelled up the staircase to the cupola (551 steps!) to view the fantastic sight from the top of the cupola. Do note that you may not bring any food or potentially harmful objects, and you will be searched before entering Vatican City.

  • Cato Liu

    4
    - 05 September 2018 -

    Basilica: Cool site to visit with free entrance! It's huge and very elaborate. There can be a bit of a line to get in purely for the security check but it's not that bad. Dome: Great site but even with the elevator ride, there are still quite a few steps to get to the top in tight spaces. Not for those who struggle with stairs or are claustrophobic. It's also one way, so once you start, you can't really go back. It's also super cramped at the top so you're tight with a lot of people for quite a while. The views are quite nice of the square.

  • João Matheus Portales

    5
    - 30 August 2018 -

    Incredible! Don’t miss the chance to go to the Dome (lift 8€ or stairs 10€) and see Vatican from above. While climbing, you get on the top of the main nave inside the basilica, and we were lucky to see a beautiful praying moment with some priests, it was around 17:30. Stay a moment there, appreciate the mosaics that are in the top, which you can’t see the details from down under... The most upper steps are very narrow, the walls are almost laid down. So please mind your step :)

  • Tom Seinstra

    5
    - 29 August 2018 -

    This colossal church is a must see when in Rome. It’s vastness and richly decorated interior can only truly be experienced in person, as a picture can never fully it’s other worldly atmosphere. Although admission is free, skip-the-line tickets are highly recommended if you don’t fancy waiting around for an hour or two. Prepare your visit by wearing appropriate clothing and carrying a minimal of other belongings with you

  • i pm

    5
    - 19 August 2018 -

    Absolutely amazing. Hard to find words to describe so I wouldn't try. If you are adventurous go up to the top of the dome. 10€ takes you there with elevator ride. It saves you climbing 300+ stairs. (8€ pure climbing, no elevator) What they forget to mention is that you'd still have to climb 350 stairs after the elevator ride. It could be considered strenuous as it's pretty narrow and curvy. All in all it's more than worth it mainly because of the view (on a rainy day you're out of luck) but the dome itself from inside is pretty interesting, too. Good luck.

  • Ivan Leš

    5
    - 17 August 2018 -

    Absolutely stunning. You can feel in the air the immense wealth the Church has accumulated over the centuries. Regardles of your stance on religion and Church, this really is something you need to see and experience. The size, the greatness.. will leave you speechless. Also DO NOT visit Vatican if you don't plan on visiting the Vatican gardens. It is huge, it is diverse in plants and trees and completely closed for public unless you buy the ticket.

  • Grace Phillips

    5
    - 18 July 2018 -

    Absolutely amazing, we did a skip the queue tour with Maya Roma tours and it was great. We went straight in, had to go through security but then our tour began. We got to see the museum, the chapel and the Basilica. The tour guide Alma was great and full of interesting facts. Its a wonderful and stunning place to see but it was very busy and hectic which made it difficult to really appreciate it. Still glad we went and got to see it. Remember you must cover your shoulders and knees to go into both the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica, dress appropriately or bring a scarf for your shoulders.

  • R i

    5
    - 12 July 2018 -

    A lot of steps, did not disappoint. It will cost you 8 euros to be able to climb the St. Peter's Basilica (or 10 when you want to take the elevator to around half of the dome). It is worth paying this price as it the view (after the climb) is magnificent. It is a rough climb though, be prepared for all kinds of steps, slopes, ropes and small corridors. When you have descended the dome and you are back in the church (or visit the church itself first) you are met with a huge church, an immense high dome where you can just make out people standing there and knows that that point is only half way up. The line is immense though, had to wait for an hour to be able to get into the church. There is a bag check near the entrance that you will have to pass.

  • Daniel Grayson

    - 10 May 2018 -

    The Vatican is full of impressive ceilings. This basilica holds its own, ceiling-wise.

  • Daniel Roy

    - 12 March 2018 -

    Well worth waiting in line. Amazing place.

  • Eduardo Pérez

    - 14 February 2018 -

    If you want to skip the queue after visiting the Vatican museum, take the right exit in the sixtine chapel. It says it's exclusive for guided tours but nobody checks anything.

  • Julia Kryvomaz

    - 14 January 2018 -

    Tremendous place! It shows the size and magnificent nature of the Church. I was very sorry that did not go up.

  • Koni Wong

    - 20 December 2017 -

    Wow wow wow

  • Miles Ng

    - 24 October 2017 -

    The biggest and most important Christian Church in the world! 💯 Worth the visit!

  • Jessie

    - 19 September 2017 -

    They did a pretty good job on this one!

  • Michał Składanowski

    - 08 September 2017 -

    Gotta see if you have the determination to queue for hours... or just book it instead :)

  • Humaid Binyelaiyel

    - 28 August 2017 -

    Beautiful architecture and statues

  • Athina 👄👅💔👌

    - 23 August 2017 -

    It's a museum more than a church amazing

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St. Peter's Basilica tours

Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

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Rome Super Saver: Skip-the-Line St. Peter's Basilica Walking Tour and Audio-Guided Cupola

Skip the line inside St. Peter's Basilica on this Rome Super Saver, including both a guided walking tour and audio-guided visit to the cupola. Ride an elevator to the cupola and admire the mosaic designs of Michelangelo. Then walk 300 steps to enjoy unrivaled views at the top, the highest point in...

Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour

This comprehensive 3-hour Vatican tour includes Sistine Chapel, the extensive Vatican Museums and the ‘Vatacombs’ - the final resting place of many popes. Explore the heritage of Rome and the world-class art collection of Vatican City with your guide, a professional art historian. You’ll bypass...

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Enjoy a self-guided tour of the stunning Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica with this skip-the-line ticket. Enter the world-famous Vatican museum complex, made up of numerous galleries with many well-known masterpieces. Bypass the queue and see one of the world's finest...

Rome in a Day: Vatican and Colosseum with Skip the Line

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