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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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No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica with Audio Guide, Rome, null
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No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica with Audio Guide

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See the best of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City entering with a priority-access ticket, the self-guided tour lets you decide what you want to visit and ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $20.71
No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica Guided Tour, Rome, Audio Guided Tours
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No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica Guided 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
Duration: Varies

From USD $29.10
Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including Views from the Top of the Dome, Rome, ... 
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Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including Views from the Top of the Dome

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Skip the line to St Peter's Basilica with a guided walking tour and a visit to the cupola. Ride an elevator to the cupola and admire the mosaic designs of ...  Read more

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

From USD $51.48
Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including Vatican Mosaic Studio, Rome, ... 
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Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including Vatican Mosaic Studio

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Walk through the heart of Vatican City and the 16th-century Mosaic Studio (Studio del Mosaico). You’ll meet the studio director and artists who work to ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.47
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums with St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel and Small-Group Upgrade, Rome, ... 
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums with St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel and Small-Group Upgrade

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Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this guided Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! See ...  Read more

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

From USD $68.27
Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St Peter’s and Sistine Chapel, Rome, ... 
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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

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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.)

From USD $104.65
Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour, Rome, ... 
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Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour

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Explore the art history of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica in style on a private walking tour with an art expert - and skip the queues. Accompanied ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours

From USD $106.32
Rome Card and Omnia Vatican Card: Valid for 3 Days, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Rome Card and Omnia Vatican Card: Valid for 3 Days

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Explore Rome and Vatican City at ease with the Rome Card and Omnia Vatican card – two must-have 3-day sightseeing passes that include entry to selected ...  Read more

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

From USD $120.87
Jubilee Full Day Experience with Vatican Museums and Four Major Basilicas, Rome, Sightseeing & City ... 
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Jubilee Full Day Experience with Vatican Museums and Four Major Basilicas

The 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy is the perfect time for pilgrims to visit Rome’s holiest sites. This tour will take you to the Holy See’s most significant ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $127.59

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