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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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Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
$52.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing tour and tour guide
Robert is a knowledgeable tour guide who knew everything about this tour. He is likeable and funny and very engaging. This was a highlight of our Rome trip! It was just a day before the pope proclaimed ten new saints so being in Saint Peter’s Basilica and seeing all the preparations was a really memorable experience! Thank you Robert! You’re amazing
julespooley, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
A visit to St Peter’s worth the view from the Dome
Julia_B, May 2022
Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
An excellent guide who kept us interested all throughout the wait to get in. We did not have long as visit was at 8.45 - well worth getting up early for. St Peter’s and the dome were fascinating but the grotto is not really interesting unless you enjoy seeing the very boring coffins of past popes. All very clean and not what you’d expect for a grotto. Otherwise a worthwhile visit.
star-4
Great but too busy
Su_W, May 2022
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
It was great but far too busy and each corridor was packed. No real covid spacing. The sistine Chapel was overloaded.
star-5
Knowledgeable tour guide
Kevin_L, Apr 2022
Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to get us access to St. Peter’s which had previously been difficult with COVID and the Easter holiday. This saved us a lot of time.
star-5
Vatican joy
Penelope_H, Apr 2022
Wonders of Vatican: Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Guided Tour
Joyful to have a guide as passionate she was so pleased to be able to share the joys of the Vatican with us post Covid. An intense full on cultural experience loved every minute of it thank you.
star-4
Very good , but a little rushed
Julie_P, Apr 2022
Wonders of Vatican: Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Guided Tour
We enjoyed our tour with Viator. The tour guide was very informative. I did feel we were rushed & would have liked more time . The guided tour of the Basilica was not included due to covid restrictions 😩 but our guide kindly escorted us there.
star-5
Well worth it
Michael_J, Mar 2022
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Lucia was very knowledgeable and so friendly. Getting through the security and Covid checks was seamless. Well worth booking
star-5
Great tour
Diane_D, May 2022
Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
I liked the small group. It was very informative and our guide, Val, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It was fun and we learned so much! Great tour!
star-5
Defo recommend
Georgina_F, May 2022
Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
Tour was really good and would recommend. Paulo was a great tour guide. Super friendly and informative! Got to walk to the viewing platform, visit the church itself and the crypts! Definiately the best part of the day
star-5
Congratulations to John for an excellent job.
Jorge_N, May 2022
Essential Sistine Chapel Tour, Vatican Museums and St Peter Basilica
John is extremely knowledgeable and did a great job describing the treasures in these three sites. He greatly exceeded our expectations.
star-5
Despite the crush our...
Peter_F, May 2022
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Despite the crush our guide managed to coral us safely through all aspects of the tour with grace and humour along with relevant knowledgable commentary
star-5
My Vatican Experience
Luz_V, May 2022
Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
Our guide Frederica was great and professional. Enjoyable relaxed time to view and learn about the Vatican. A lot of walking and stairs so be prepared
star-5
View of the Entire Vatican
Darryl_R, May 2022
St Peter’s Basilica Dome Climb with Optional Basilica & Papal Crypts Guided Tour
Very accommodating tour guide who gave the honest expectations of the climb. The climb is worth it in my opinion in order to get a once in a life time view of Rome the external city. A very well planned tour, highly recommended.

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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Trip ideas


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)
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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