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  • Address: Piazza San Pietro
  • Hours: Open daily 7am - 7pm (6pm in winter)
  • Admission: Free

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St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica was built between 1506 and 1590, when the dome was finally completed. It is on the site of the tomb of St. Peter; his relics were finally found and authenticated in the middle of the 20th century. Before the current grand basilica, a 4th-century church built by Emperor Constantine stood here.

This is a church like no other. It is huge and full of significant artworks and tombs, including that of Pope John Paul II. One of the most beautiful pieces is the marble Pieta by Michelangelo just inside the door on the right. It is now behind bullet proof glass after being attacked by an art-hating lunatic in 1972.

If you can time your visit with a Mass, you will see the most important hierarchy of the Catholic Church come to worship in their red robes and hats. Climbing to the top of the dome gives a wonderful view over the piazza and Bernini's enclosing colonnade below, and across Rome.

Practical Info

St Peter's is easy to reach. Metro line A stops Ottaviano-S.Pietro-Musei Vaticano or Cipro. Tramway 19 to Piazza del Risorgimento, or various buses. You can also walk from the centre of Rome across Ponte Sant'Angelo and up the piazza for the most breathtaking approach.

Leave plenty of time as you have to pass through a security check and then there is so much to see inside. Remember it is a church so a dress code applies: no bare shoulders, shorts, short skirts or bare feet.

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14920 Reviews

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour including Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

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See the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums in one morning on this intimate, small-group Vatican walking tour! Starting early in the morning to beat ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

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See the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica! After paying your entrance fee ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

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Vatican City’s most comprehensive introduction combining two walking tours to see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Gallery of Maps, Raphael's Rooms, St. Peter's ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Rome Day Trip from Sorrento Including Dinner

Make your Italy vacation complete with a visit to Rome! On this Rome day trip from Sorrento, cross the Colosseum off your bucket list, marvel at the ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets

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Use your skip-the-line Vatican Museums ticket to explore one of the world’s greatest museum complexes at leisure! A veritable Aladdin’s Cave, the Vatican ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 263 Reviews

Receive the Papal treatment with your very own private tour of the Vatican! You'll receive personalized attention from your guide, and by booking ahead you ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Classical Rome City Tour

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Spend your morning on this classic Rome tour, seeing all the top attractions in Rome’s ‘centro storico’ – its historic center. By both coach and foot, visit ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 - 6 hours

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Rome by Night Tour

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Sit back and relax on a 2-hour night sightseeing tour of Rome! While traveling by air-conditioned coach around Rome’s ‘centro storico,’ Ancient Rome and ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour

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See the best of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on a comprehensive 1.15-hour walking tour. Led by a knowledgeable Vatican guide, your tour starts with a ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
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From USD $22.24

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