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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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Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
$56.47 per adult
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This is a fantastic...
This is a fantastic learning experience. Learn while enjoying the art, tapestries, mosaics architecture.
James_D, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Great tour of the Vatican!
Erika_M, Oct 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
This trip made visiting the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica smooth and painless! Our tour guide Juliano was wonderful! Very patient and knowledgeable. The lack of crowds due to COVID was a nice perk too.
star-5
Excellent kickoff to our visit to Rome
Blake_B, Oct 2021
Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour
This was our very first tour when we arrived in Rome and it was spectacular! Our guide, Serena was the best and truly passionate about her city, history, and of course everything we would see at the Vatican. Highly recommended and definitely do the early morning tour to limit the crowds. This was perhaps one of the only silver linings of travelling during Covid but we had St. Peter's basically to ourselves. Highly recommended!
star-5
Excellent tour
Robert_H, Jan 2022
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
An excellent tour that managed to pack in a lot of information and interesting insights into 3 hours or so. Our guide was really personable and obviously passionate about the subjects he covered which added to the experience. There’s so much to see that it wasn’t possible to take everything in so well worth doing the tour and then coming back again. Highly recommend and hope to do another tour when we come back.
star-5
Amazing tour and a wonderful guide! Thanks Alessandra!
DavidMcGovern, Jan 2022
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel And Saint Peter's Basilica Semi-private Tour
So so special! Thank you so much Alessandra. This is such an informative and interesting tour. Alessandra was so knowledgeable, patient and kind, answering all of our questions and had stories and details that could fill a book! Amazing tour and a wonderful guide.
star-4
Good tour of St Peter, but could be organized better
Renate_P, Dec 2021
St Peter's Basilica Tour, with Grottoes & Dome Climb in a Group of Max.8 People
Informative guide, beautiful cathedral, great view at and from the cupola, but not well organized at meeting point and walk up to cupola.
star-5
Wonderful tour!
Tracee_P, Jan 2022
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Worth every penny! It was like having a private tour to St. Peter’s. Julian was extremely knowledgeable and very personable. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great time in Rome!
Alicia_M, Dec 2021
Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour
Our tour was wonderful-would highly recommend it! Our guide was very knowledgeable and we learned so much.
star-5
Great tour of the Vatican...
Corbin_W, Dec 2021
Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel St Peter Basilica
Great tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s. Eva was wonderful! Very knowledgeable, good pace, flexible and fantastic English.
star-5
Every moment was special
Cliff_H, Dec 2021
Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Alexandra was an amazingly knowledgeable and friendly guide. It was very special touring with a guide with a guide with a art history degree. Every moment was special.
star-5
Informative and Highlights
Steven_K, Dec 2021
Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Tour
Andrea was well informed and gave us a great afternoon! Best and only way - a private tour well worth the value.
star-5
Fantastic experience visiting Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
RanjitMohan_M, Dec 2021
Exclusive Private Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
We had a great private guided tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Our personal guide, Roberto was very knowledgeable and getting in and out was a breeze. Absolutely fantastic experience.
star-4
Wonderful Anges
Dante_M, Dec 2021
Scavi Tour to the Tomb of St. Peter's & Skip Line Guided Tour of the Basilica
The lady doing our tour of basilica (Anges) was so nice and friendly and incredibley knowledgeable. Highly recommended. However the tour of the tomb was with another lady who’s string Italian tongue overpowered her English and found it nearly impossible to understand her affecting that part of the tour.

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)