St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City: Hours, Address, St. Peter's Basilica Reviews: 5/5

St. Peter's Basilica
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Churches & Cathedrals
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
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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The area
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Neighbourhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighbourhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighbourhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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Emma R
Croydon, UK217 contributions
May 2022
We queued for about 30 mins to get in. Entry is free. The inside of the basilica is beautiful and there is lots to see.
Written May 19, 2022
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Chester L
8 contributions
May 2022
Avoid the companies like Tiquets selling fast track at St Peters Basilica.

There is no way to avoid the long security queues to gain entry
Written May 15, 2022
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Federico F
Vicenza, Italy70 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Family
This is the most beautiful church that you can see. Everything inside is Imposing and huge, the particulars, the artworks and the architecture are absolutely fantastic. It's also free to entry so it deserves a visit
Written May 14, 2022
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Eaton_Out
Greenville, SC427 contributions
Apr. 2022
If in Rome and at the Vatican a visit to St. Peter's Basilica is a must. Now, we have seen just about every cathedral on the Danube and Rhine (many named St. Peter's) but this one is the best. What a church. Security is tight.
Written May 13, 2022
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Ulyana
Moscow, Russia536 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Really gorgeous place! Great cathedral with a history. There is an option to climb on the dome - I highly recommend you to go there. You can see cathedral inside and beautiful view on Vatican and Rome from the dome. It costs €8 to climb by feet (550 stairs) or €10 for elevator+stairs (302 stairs) option. There some narrow passages inside the dome. Be ready for small sport but it definitely worth it!
Written May 12, 2022
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StefaBilly
Massa, Italy130 contributions
Aug. 2021
This masterpiece of the christian culture is a must to visit for everyone, especially if you are visiting Rome or central Italy, probably the best church you ever seen ,for sure the most important ,and , , ,huge.
i recomend to take the lift at the cost of
, , , around 10 euro because the upper view is stunning and the final walk through the chapel is amazing , ,is not easy to describe the sensation and the incoming toughts regarding the history and the value ot the mankind while you access inside , , ,
For the visit avoid if possible peak hours and week end days , , ,
Written May 8, 2022
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Ayslin
Dublin, Ireland49 contributions
May 2022
Definitely a must see when in Rome. There are no words or pictures to express the beauty of this place. We stopped by the square after our Vatican Museums tour in the afternoon and the queue was huge. We decided to return early in the morning the next day. We arrived around 8:30 and there was no queue at all at the security checks. The Basilica was quite empty as well, however by 9:30 - 10:00 it started to be very crowded. I would definitely suggest to come in early for a fast security check and an uncrowded experience.
Written May 7, 2022
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David F
Modesto, CA28 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
A really good experience and a gorgeous place. With crowds of people at every minute of the day it’s definitely a place worth seeing.
Written May 7, 2022
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Serena DC
London, UK125 contributions
Apr. 2022
Top of the list when visiting vatican city. The church was breathtaking. I am not a religious people but I can see how people became so fanatical back in the day with places like this to worship in
Written May 4, 2022
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Yvonne M
Galway, Ireland44 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Absolutely amazing place. We spent 2 hours walking around inside, then went up the 500 or so steps to the dome and then spent another hour looking at all the things we missed first time round. The tombs underneath were open to visitors when we were there. It got very busy as we were leaving with all the tour groups but still a must do.

Tip: Get there before 9am for very little queueing time and if you want to walk up to the done, do that first as it gets very busy.
Written May 3, 2022
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St. Peter's Basilica is open:
  • Sun - Sat 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
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