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St. Peter's Basilica

Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
+39 06 6988 3731
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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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Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
+39 06 6988 3731
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Reviewed yesterday

Wow !what a fabulous experience,so much to see ,best tip ..... Wear respectable clothes and definitely comfy shoes

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The visit is amazing, it is a must in Rome. I highly recommend to buy the tickets in advance for the no waiting queue, it is worth the price. Otherwise you will wait for hours. Do not doubt about it

Thank Nicoleta J
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Insanely busy here this week. 25-30,000 people a day. Didn't feel too cramped though as the site is so huge! Has to be seen. Remember to have your shoulders and knees covered. There is an optional extra to go in to the dome. We paid...More

Thank manda1970
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took this in as part of a Vatican tour. This is the largest Christian cathedral in the world and is even larger than you can imagine. It is immaculate on the inside. every detail is well though out and executed with precision. Pictures are...More

Thank Mark C
Reviewed yesterday

This was awe inspiring walking into this chapel. Pictures don't show the enormity of this place. Make sure you go down stairs to see the tombs of past pope's too.

Thank Mo1962
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Excellent tour with LivItaly tour company. Pamen, our guide was interesting, entertaining & attentive. Very professional. Provided great explanation of Sistine Chapel before entering, as no talking or photography permitted. Disappointing to see some tourists disrespect these requests. Wonderful viewing of all areas on itinerary....More

Thank Tia P
Reviewed 2 days ago

St Peter's Basilica is one of the most fabulous in the world. the celings, the statues are outstanding. Try to be there before 9 to avoid long queus due to security reasons. You can leave your luggage for free. You must wear appropriatly as you...More

Thank Rabih S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Having left the hoards behind in the Sistine Chapel, the cavernous space enclosed by the Basilica dwarfed the number of people visiting. Standing over 100' tall at the dome, the statues, frescos, and mosaics and reliefs are breathtaking. Sun light streams through several ceiling "windows",...More

Thank sladerer
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visiting St. Peter's is definitely worth it when visiting the Vatican, but the church itself (particularly the inside) kind of blends in with the many other beautiful churches of Europe.

Thank Lena P
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the largest church in the world, fronted by a massive square and is so imposing. Queues are long, bag checks are thorough ad they won't let you in wearing short shorts or with bare shoulders. Well done - the dress code is clearly...More

Thank Sue S
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I am looking at doing the guided tour offered by the Vatican on their website. they have two, one with St Peter basilica included in the tour and one with just the museum and Sistine chapel. there's only a €5 difference but has anyone done the Vatican's guided tour with all three? if so, 2 specific questions: Does the guided tour take you all the way to the top, and did you feel you had ample time to enjoy the view and rest a bit? if anyone has a recommendation for an outside tour group that was worth the extra $$ I am also all ears. many thanks!!
26 June 2017|
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Response from 781smilea | Reviewed this property |
Hi Nancy, I was just recently there and it was hot. We got the package of the whole Vatican(St Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Meseums) plus the Vatacombs thru WhenInRome Tours for 118 € total for 2 persons. The guide... More
Is it a separate queue if you just want to climb the dome (not go inside the basilica)? How long is the queue usually? Is it better to walk all the way up or take the elevator and walk the rest? Thank you in advance!
24 June 2017|
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Response from Adam H | Reviewed this property |
We got the elevator up and it was certainly worth it due to the heat but the lift only takes you so far up when I went the line wasn't that bad if I remember correctly it took about 40 minutes I hope this helps and I hope... More
Ann S
I can't seem to find an answer for this: Is St. Peter's closed on June 28 & 29 ecause of the holiday celebrating the Feast of Sts Peter &Paul? The Vatican Museum is closed, but I can't seem to find out about St Peters.
23 June 2017|
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Response from oronzodd | Reviewed this property |
i'm quite sure that is open as any normal day, enjoy the visit.