Skip the Line at St Peter's Basilica

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As the largest church in Christendom and home to many papal tombs, St. Peter's Basilica is the grand centerpiece of the Vatican. It’s free to enter, but you’re likely to find long lines to get inside. See below to learn how to bypass the queues.

Guided Skip-the-Line Tours
Booking a special skip-the-line tour of St. Peter's means you get to use a special entrance rather than simply waiting in the usual long line to enter. Choose between tours with a knowledgeable guide leading the way and independent options that include an audio guide.

Skip-the-Line Vatican Museum Tours
Access to St. Peter's Basilica isn't included in Vatican tickets, but most museum tours end in the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll find a side door with a direct path to St. Peter's Basilica. Book a skip-the-line Vatican Museums tour and use this door to skip the extra line for the church.

Combo Tours
Combine a skip-the-line basilica walking tour with a self-guided tour of the church's cupola — head up into the cupola with an audio guide, and be prepared to take in one of the best views in Rome. Alternatively, combine a skip-the-line tour of St. Peter's with an exclusive visit to the Vatican's Mosaic Studio, which dates back to the 16th century and is generally closed to the public. Meet the artists who repair and restore the intricate mosaic artwork inside the church.
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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

Tens of thousands of people visit the Vatican Museums each day to see St. Peter’s Basilica, masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel. Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex almost an hour before it opens to the general public on this 3-hour, early-access tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Enter through a reserved doorway to skip the lines, and stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$111.61 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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$111.61 USD

No Wait Dedicated Access St. Peter's Basilica Self-guided Tour

Enjoy the freedom to explore St Peter's Basilica at your own pace and on your own mobile device with this wifi audio guided tour. Use the access code and the Basilica's wifi to download the audio guide to your phone or tablet.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$22.55 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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No Wait Access to St Peter Basilica and its official audioguide

To dig deep into the history and art of St Peter’s Basilica, explore the church on a self-guided audio tour. Explore St Peter’s Square, walk to the basilica, and jump past the entrance queue with your No Wait Access ticket. Inside, listen to stories about the popes, pilgrims and Renaissance art masters who have left their marks on this iconic Catholic site, whose Michelangelo-designed dome dominates the Rome skyline.
  • Duration: Flexible
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$22.55 USD
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  • Duration: Flexible
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$22.55 USD

No-Wait Dedicated Access: St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

To dig deep into the history and art of St Peter’s Basilica, explore the church on a walking tour with a Vatican guide. From St Peter’s Square, walk to the basilica, jumping past the entrance queue with your No Wait Access Ticket. Inside, listen to stories about the popes, pilgrims and Renaissance art masters who have left their marks on this iconic catholic site, whose Michelangelo-designed dome dominates the Rome skyline.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$31.23 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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No Wait Dedicated Access: St Peter's Basilica including Vatican Mosaic Studio

This unique Vatican experiences combines a guided walking tour of St Peter’s Basilica with a visit to the 16th-century Mosaic Studio, which is typically closed to the public. With No Wait Dedicated Access, go straight inside the Renaissance church to see its artistic highlights like the tomb of St Peter and the mosaics of the Michelangelo-designed dome. Then head to the studio (Studio del Mosaico) to meet artists who work on the restoration of the historical mosaic pieces. Select a departure time when booking.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$86.75 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$86.75 USD


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