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  • Address: Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City 00120, Italy
  • 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, the self-guided tour lets you decide what you want to visit and when. As ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Varies

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No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica WiFi Audio Guide, Rome, Audio Guided Tours
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No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica WiFi Audio Guide

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Skip the lines and enjoy your St Peter's visit in full freedom and at your own pace using your own mobile phone or tablet!

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

From USD $19.92
Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour

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Get early access into the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's amazing frescoes one hour before the general public. Together with a small group of max 6 ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $106.61
Guided Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican Museum, Saint Peter's Basilica, and Sistine Chapel, ... 
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Guided Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican Museum, Saint Peter's Basilica, and Sistine Chapel

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See the magnificent highlights of Vatican City during this 2.5-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. ...  Read more

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

From USD $77.54
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.)

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Family Combo: Vatican Museums Highlights and Colosseum for Kids with Skip the Lines, Rome, ... 
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Family Combo: Vatican Museums Highlights and Colosseum for Kids with Skip the Lines

Treat yourselves to an incredible day of exploration at two of Rome’s most popular attractions, with the Vatican Museums and Colosseum, not to mention the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 7 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

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Skip the line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, Rome, Family Friendly Tours ... 
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Skip the line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

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Experience Rome's top attractions on this 3-hour tour to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Enjoy skip the line entrance to St. ...  Read more

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

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Private Vatican Tour with Hidden Gems Including Hotel Pickup, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Private Vatican Tour with Hidden Gems Including Hotel Pickup

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Enjoy this exclusively designed private tour of the stunning Vatican museums and its hidden gems - the second largest and the fifth most visited art museum in ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.08
Early Access Vatican Tour, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Early Access Vatican Tour

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This 3 hour tour is perfect for those who wish to visit the Vatican as part of a friendly small group, away from the daily crowds. With your expert guide, you ...  Read more

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

From USD $80.77
Vatican Skip-the-Line Tour Packages: Basilica Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums from Rome, Rome, ... 
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Vatican Skip-the-Line Tour Packages: Basilica Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums from Rome

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Chose one of the three options to visit the Vatican. Each option has different duration and gives you the opportunity to visit different sections of the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Flexible

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