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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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Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
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Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
$45.64 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Good tour
The tour guide was informative. We covered the whole basilica. The dome climb was great. Would highly recommend.
Terence_Y, Jun 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-4
Don't miss this.
Geraldine_C, Jul 2022
Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
Very good tour. Just a little scary trying to understand exactly where the meeting point was, I think we walked right past it twice. Shop vendor very helpful in this regard. We did the tour on a religious holiday, so luckily we did not have to wait long at all to get in. Tour guide very pleasant and informative.
star-5
Get tickets early 🔥
Barbara_G, Jul 2022
St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides
Get there early cuz lines are long. Beautiful visit. Plan to stay 2-3 hours at least. Bring water, it’s haute 🔥
star-5
Great but almost missed it due to meeting point inaccuracy
Jeanne_S, Jul 2022
St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides
The tour was really great. Only problem was that the meeting point on my voucher wasn't correct and if it wasn't for a guide from another company calling the company my tour was with, we would have missed our tour. Information should always be correct on your voucher. Meeting point is critical.
star-5
Vatican City Personal guided tour
Holly_J, Jul 2022
Fast Access Private Vatican Sistine Chapel & St Peter Basilica Tour
Our tour guide Francesco was awesome ! He had so much knowledge and history of the Vatican . He gave us some great tips for what to look for in the art of the Sistine Chapel which made it fun for our group of 12. Six of them were teenagers and they had a great time too!
star-5
Extremely happy
Katherine_H, Jul 2022
St. Peter Basilica and Dome Small-Group Tour
Out of all of our tours in Rome, St. Peter Basilica and Dome Small Group Tour was our favorite. We had an amazing guide who was very knowledgeable. We (even my husband who is very hard to please) are extremely happy with our experience.
star-5
The guide was very...
Makesha_C, Jul 2022
Vatican Museum Sistine Chapel skip the line tour
The guide was very informative! We were given earphones to hear everything the guide said. I learned so much during the tour.
star-5
Easy to do
Nyasha_N, Jul 2022
Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide
It was easy to find where to pick up the audioguides and made for a swift entrance into St. Peter's.
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
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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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