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St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)
St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

Open daily 7am - 7pm (6pm in winter)
Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City, 00120

The Basics

St. Peter's Basilica is must-see during any visit to the Vatican. There's no admission fee, so it's easy to stop in on your own, but a guided tour or audio guide will help you truly understand the significance of the history and art. Many travelers either choose a tour that focuses exclusively on the basilica or one that also stops at other areas in the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Either way, book a skip-the-line ticket or early-access tour that allows you to visit before most of the crowds arrive.

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St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides
St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides
star-4.5
$30.99 per adult
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It is absolutely...
It is absolutely necessary to visit the basilica with a guide, we spent an unforgettable hour with our excellent guide Carmella and the small group of 10 people. I’ll certainly will recommend this visit, good value for money.
Elena_V, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Great tour of the Vatican!
Erika_M, Oct 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
This trip made visiting the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica smooth and painless! Our tour guide Juliano was wonderful! Very patient and knowledgeable. The lack of crowds due to COVID was a nice perk too.
star-5
Excellent kickoff to our visit to Rome
Blake_B, Oct 2021
Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour
This was our very first tour when we arrived in Rome and it was spectacular! Our guide, Serena was the best and truly passionate about her city, history, and of course everything we would see at the Vatican. Highly recommended and definitely do the early morning tour to limit the crowds. This was perhaps one of the only silver linings of travelling during Covid but we had St. Peter's basically to ourselves. Highly recommended!
star-5
Andrea Brought The Vatican Museums to life.
Kathleen_B, Oct 2021
Vatican tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel
Roman Sculptures and tapestries. Unable to be guided through St. Peter’s Basilica due to Covid. Should have been noted.
star-5
The Vatican!!!
Carol_M, Sep 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel
This was a perfect time to go to the Vatican. Because of COVID, there were very few lines, and it was so incredible to visit the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel with very small crowds. Definitely, skip the line is still a great advantage and totally worth it! Our guide, Patrick, was so knowledgeable, and I loved all of his stories. The pick up area was fairly easy to find. This tour is a must!!
star-5
Excellent
James_A, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel
Excellent tour! Guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Would higly recommend. Highlight was St. Peters Basillica.
star-5
Great Experience! Lots of walking, lots to see too little time
Alexus_C, Nov 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Marco was an amazing tour guide who looked after us and pointed out interesting connections between Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Marco made sure we were all together and hit the highlights of the museum for us. At times things went pretty fast as there was a lot to cover! Be sure to bring your best walking shoes!
star-5
Best tour guide - Gianluca!
Sara_A, Nov 2021
Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour
Our tour guide, Gianluca, made this experience so memorable! He was knowledgable and engaging and we can't say enough wonderful things about the tour. We will definitely be looking to book another tour with him on our next visit!
star-5
Informative, enlightening, enjoyable!
Maryann_D, Nov 2021
Explore Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Our guide was excellent! She gave us much information, as her knowledge was amazing! Loved the tour !
star-5
Vatican museums and Saint Peter’s
Cundy_S, Nov 2021
Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Basilica with Hotel Pick-up
Carlotta was very knowledgeable and personable. Great tour. Loved all the art and sculptures. Saint Peter’s was amazing. Would definitely recommend.
star-5
What an amazing view!
Regina_C, Oct 2021
St Peter’s Basilica Dome Climb with Optional Basilica & Papal Crypts Guided Tour
The view from the top of Dome was amazing! Totally worth it! The size of the Vatican is hard to put in perspective until you are standing on top of it.
star-5
Highlight of the trip
Nicole_E, Nov 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
If you visit Rome, this tour was a must. The beauty of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel was beyond my expectations. Our tour guide Marco was also great!
star-5
Vatican St petter Basilia
Gioconda_G, Oct 2021
St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides
Amazing experience and espectacular place to visit. I will highly recommend this tour!! Beautiful country

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Be prepared for security lines similar to those at airports, including metal detectors, bag scanners, and potentially long waits.

  • This is one of the most popular attractions in all of Italy, so crowds are nearly inevitable.

  • The basilica has a strict dress code—no bare shoulders, midriffs, or knees—and you won't be allowed in unless you adhere to it.

  • A skip-the-line tour of the Vatican that includes St. Peter’s enables you to bypass the basilica’s long entry lines; you still have to go through the security check.

  • Climbing into the basilica’s dome, which affords fantastic views over St. Peter’s Square, requires a ticket.

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How to Get There

St. Peter's Basilica is across the Tiber River from top sights such as the Colosseum and Piazza Navona. The nearest metro stops are Ottaviano–San Pietro–Musei Vaticani and Cipro on line A; there are closer tram and bus stops. If you'd like to walk, cross the Ponte Sant'Angelo toward the Castel Sant'Angelo for a picturesque view.

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When to Get There

The church is open year-round, but it's a working church so it closes regularly for mass and special religious services. Crowds are at their thickest during summer and holidays such as Easter and Christmas, as well as during public papal addresses, given most Wednesdays in the square.

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Underneath St. Peter's Basilica

The basilica’s most famous tomb is that of St. Peter, but most visitors never go below the main level of the church. You can book a small group tour of the Vatican Necropolis to explore the ancient Roman cemetery that lies underground, past the Vatican grottoes, and stand before St. Peter's tomb.

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St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)