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

From USD $36.92
Vatican Highlights Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Vatican Highlights Tour

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This 3-hour tour will take you will visit the highlights of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. You will benefit from your guide's ...  Read more

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

From USD $76.01
Papal Audience Ticket at Vatican City, Rome, Christian Tours
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Papal Audience Ticket at Vatican City

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Bookings are essential if you'd like to attend a Papal Audience with Pope Francis I at the Vatican. Tickets are free of charge but they are limited and you ...  Read more

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

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Vatican for Kids Private Tour, Rome, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Vatican for Kids Private Tour

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With this 3-hour private tour of the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, the whole family will be captivated by stunning works of art and ...  Read more

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

From USD $412.61
Small-Group Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, Rome, Family Friendly Tours & ... 
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Small-Group Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

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This 3.5-hour tour combines the main attractions of the Vatican Museums including Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica. It offers a great opportunity to ...  Read more

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

From USD $76.01
Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance

This 3 hour private tour allows you the exclusive opportunity to visit the Vatican before entry to the general public accompanied by an expert private guide. ...  Read more

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

From USD $510.33
Family Tour to the Basilica of Saint Peter and Saint Peter's Square, Rome, Christian Tours
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Family Tour to the Basilica of Saint Peter and Saint Peter's Square

This not-to-be missed guided tour of the magnificent Basilica di San Pietro, Saint Peter's Basilica, one of the largest church buildings in the world. Admire ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $119.44
Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour, Rome, Family ... 
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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 $97.72
No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica WiFi Audio Guide, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica WiFi Audio Guide

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 $20.09
Private Pope-Pizza-Prosecco Tour with a Local, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Private Pope-Pizza-Prosecco Tour with a Local

This won’t be your conventional Vatican tour. On this 2.5-hour walking tour, you will see the great sites, taste some great pizza and visit one of the best ...  Read more

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

From USD $21.72

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