St. Peter's Basilica
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
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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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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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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  • Berniexx
    151 contributions
    Stunning Cathedral.
    Wow, the most stunning cathedral in the whole wide world. We visited without a guide and the building was just breathtaking from the amazing sculptures, monuments, art and stained glass windows. I visited the crypt where previous popes are buried. St. Peter’s is free entry but if you want to go up to the Dome there is a fee to visit. There was a queue in the square which took us approximately 20 minutes to reach security checks, but the wait was worthwhile. Definitely recommend.
    Visited January 2020
    Written February 9, 2020
  • Victoria Loughlin
    Belfast, United Kingdom14 contributions
    Full tour, brilliant guide Serena
    We got the full experience tour with a guide of the Vatican museums, Sistine chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Our guide was called Serena, she was fantastic 10/10. Very knowledgable, friendly, informative, funny and engaging. She was fantastic. The first part of the tour was through the museum, it is huge with so many rooms full of art, tapestries, paintings, statues etc. Without the guide and her wealth of information we wouldn’t have enjoyed this half as much. There is no talking allowed inside the Sistine chapel so all tour guide info is given before you go in, using a very helpful digital screen with pictures etc so the guide can talk you through what to look for. It was very interesting, incredibly busy even for February but please listen to your guide and/or respect the numerous signs on the way in - no talking or photos inside the Sistine chapel! Our guide then met us at the back of the chapel and took us to St. Peter’s. She was brilliant at pointing out Swiss Guards etc going past us and again had so much knowledge about the exterior and interior of St. Peter’s Basilica. Once inside she showed us around, informing us of numerous items/areas inside. She directed us to the holy water font if anyone wanted to bless themselves, which we liked as we could bless our wedding rings, as we where on honeymoon in Rome. After the tour had finished Serena had advised us we could enter the underground area to see the crypt of the Pope’s, aswell as the dome of St. Peter’s (additional fee of €8 with no escalator or €10 with the escalator). We decided to do both the crypts and the dome and found both worthwhile. Even if you pay €10 for the escalator, this will take you up to the internal dome, however still includes 200 steps up to the outside dome (amazing 360 views and definitely worth it in my opinion). However please note the steps are up through quite a small, restricted area so it may not be for you if you are claustrophobic or have mobility problems. Overall the Vatican was so interesting and we definitely thought the guide ticket was worth it. Our guide Serena, as above, was fantastic. Thank you Serena. Just a little additional information, our hotel was near trevi fountain. We found it easier to get a taxi over to ensure we arrived in time for our tour (12 euro), however we just walked back as found this the best way to navigate Rome. There are so many sights at every corner, it seems a shame to miss it in transport. We stopped off for lunch along the way but approx 30 mins walk.
    Visited February 2020
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 10, 2020
  • Zoe M
    Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom52 contributions
    MUST GO!! Breathtaking!!
    No photo will ever capture the feeling of St Peters Bascilla! Absolutely stunning!! We didn’t buy a ticket. We just joined the queue outside the Bascilla in St Peters Square which looked massive when we arrived but went down really quick to be honest and was free!!! The Bascilla itself was gorgeous and huge, stunning paintings, sculptures inside. We paid €8pp (cash) to walk to the top of the dome, the view is incredible and a must BUT the walk up there is very, very hard work. You can pay €10pp to get the Elevator though!! Inside St Peters Bascilla you can also visit the Tomb of the Popes (free) which again I would recommend. Out of all my time here in Rome, the Bascilla was 100% my favourite bit. Definately do it!! :)
    Visited February 2020
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 6, 2020
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Fred Opere
Limuru, Kenya15 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
What can I say that hasn't been said already. If you are fit enough try climbing the stairs all the way to the top of the dome. It's a great view and you'll make your steps for the day. Needless to say, you'll be exhausted.
Written October 4, 2023
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Dknight8
Dallas, TX3 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Volodimir was great. Super knowledgeable, and his architect experience really brought to life the building. Plus just his general love of the Basilica shined through and made the tour wonderful.
Written October 3, 2023
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Heather G
Denver, CO167 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
Ok. You’re going to have to stand in line, there is not a skip the line option and even private tours require you to stand in the big line, BUT it is totally worth it. There is no entry cost (there is a cost to rent audio guides if you want one), but St Peter’s Basilica is stunning. There is floor to ceiling artwork, relics from the church including pieces of the cross, and every 5-10 steps is a completely new scene to take in. The pulpit in the middle is so much larger in real life than you can depict from pictures and just amazing to view it up close. There are prayer rooms you can sit in, and there was even a live service while we were there. I highly recommend getting up early to get in line and touring the facility before the later rush.
Written October 2, 2023
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mrsjjane
Abergavenny, UK33 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Stunningly beautiful. It's just gorgeous inside, and you can take an underground tour to view the popes resting places. Expect to queue to get in here, and wear appropriate clothes.. nothing revealing, it is, after all, a place of worship. The pop is in town on Wednesdays, so check if you can go in before turning up.
We also climbed the Cupola (dome)
We took the lift part way and walked the rest... its about 330 steps plus the lift up (or 500 odd if you don't take the lift...) it's brutal in the heat. Its also narrow in places. Expect a stone staircase. We did it at the end of the day.. I'd fully recovered this as it meant we weren't being rushed up the stairs..
I'm reasonably fit.. but this is hard going.
If you're asthmatic, don't forget your pumps!!
Written September 30, 2023
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Farmps
407 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
Got there early and queued for about an hour to get into the Basilica- mainly due to the security gates you have to pass through- that said it was very smooth and easy.
Once inside St Peter’s it was magnificent and a joy to walk around.
I enjoyed the Cupola visit … take the lift up to the first part it’s only €10 and you get a wonderful view down towards St Peter’s tomb and the wall mosaics.
Then you climb to 350 stairs to the top of the dome and what a view!
I loved the whole experience
Written September 23, 2023
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Coolsis
Melbourne, Australia316 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Family
This church is one of the most beautiful and grandeur one. Loved looking at beautiful artwork all around.
Comfortable shoes recommended
Written September 23, 2023
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Isa b
Gatineau, Canada1,403 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Family
We didn't book a tour for the Basicila. We did, however, go up to the Cuppola using the elevator. It was easy enough and not too long and nice to see the Basilica from a different angle. I actually very enjoyed being at the level of statues that we see in so many movies.

In the Chapel itself, it was easy enough to follow our guide book to see what we were looking at, and have a rest on the benches taking it all in.
Written September 19, 2023
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Kim D
Norwich, UK25 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
A must see location as it the largest and grandest of the Basillica. Expect to queue to enter in full sun at busy times, however there is a fast track system for those legitimately going to pray.

There is a lot to see at the Basillica including an underground area where many popes are buried. There is also a large gift shop which sells items that can be blessed during your visit. Just so you are aware, if you buy a little bottle for holy water you have to take it to the Sacristy to get it filled - this was not made clear by staff.

No ticket is required to enter main church but some other areas, including the treasury and dome, required tickets. We could not figure how to buy tickets for the treasury on site as this is poorly explained.
Written September 13, 2023
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Patrick D
Rockland, ME37 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Without a doubt this is a beautiful, truly amazing and of course historical must see place in Rome.
Couple of added pieces, entrance is free. You don't have to buy tickets (unless you want to go up in the dome which we did and were very glad we did so), you don't need to be part of a tour unless you want to have more of the historical detail which can also be nice.
We paid approximately $130 total through "headout" which is a third party purchase to be assigned to a tour and in my opinion a total scam.
Our guide , thru VOX (?) was wonderful and we were glad to have the information but not necessary. Also "headout" indicates the tour is 1 hour which is also untrue, many folks in our group had to leave because of schedule conflicts, we fortunately were able to catch the entire tour.
In closing, gorgeous, spiritual, holy place without question worth visiting. Just be aware of scammers trying to sell you things you don't need.
Written September 11, 2023
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travel_in_fours
Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates911 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
After the Chapel, we continued with our guide towards the St. Peter's Basilica to explore the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. We learned about its history including Michelangelo’s La Pietà, which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old.
St. Peter’s Basilica, is one of the biggest and most important churches in the world for the Catholic church. When you enter inside you get amazed at the beautiful architecture and the art that is showcased inside.

Many huge walls are mosaic walls but you wont realize it until you go up close.

Sculptures are so huge and made with marble like stone with such precision and originality that you just cant stop looking at it. You will get tired taking pics, but no picture can justify the beauty that your eyes see.

After the guide left us, we still stayed inside the Basilica to appreciate the beauty of the church.
Written September 10, 2023
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