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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
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$31.87 per adult
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St. Peters Basillica
Amazing tour! The history behind all the art, the structures, the altar. Viator is has the best service and tours!
Julie_P, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Excellent kickoff to our visit to Rome
Blake_B, Oct 2021
Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off
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 and St. Peter's Basilica
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 and St. Peter Basilica
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
Fabulous, helpful guide!
Angela_A, Oct 2021
Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
Sarah was knowledgeable, anxious to answer all questions, so pleasant and thoughtful! I have been in St. Peter's Basilica before- with a great guide it was so much more enjoyable. The dome ascent was doable (I'm 70) and the view worth it. The afternoon ran a little later so stayed for Mass at 17:00. So gratifying and special!
star-5
Our guide was excellent...
Cher_K, Oct 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
Our guide was excellent and brought so much knowledge to the tour. Highly recommend doing this museum with a guide. So much to see and understand
star-5
A MUST do activity while at Roma
Sreekumar_G, Oct 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Very professionally organized tour. Tour guide Ms Chiara made it a very pleasant experience explaining everything on the way and keeping the time commitment.
star-5
Awesome experience
Janette_B, Oct 2021
Explore Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Deborah was amazing! She was very knowledgeable, she made the tour very interesting! We loved every single moment. She’s the best!
star-5
Always something new to learn
RONALD_S, Oct 2021
Semi Private Tour of St. Peter's Basilica with Skip Line Access
We have been to the Vatican many times but always make a point of visiting when we are in Rome. Our guide this time was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Vatican and we pleased to hear several new (to us) stories about the construction of the basilica and the major personalities involved in its development.
star-5
Very informative tour, questions welcomed.
Linzey_A, Oct 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Great tour. Easy to find meeting point. Our tour guide was very informative and welcomed questions. Headsets worked great to be able to hear her in the areas we were to be quiet. My dad was having a hard time with the steps towards the end of the tour so she found him a spot to sit down in the last place we visited. That was very much appreciated.
star-5
Outstanding!
Judith_S, Oct 2021
Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off
Fabiana was an outstanding tour guide, solicitous of our needs and knowledgeable in all answers to our questions. The tour was about three hours, but time went quickly because of the fascinating history and sights. I have already recommended this tour and our guide to friends.
star-5
Great trip to the Vatican
Benny_H, Oct 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
Your was wonderful. Rita was great. She was very experienced and gave us a lot of good history. Definitely would tour with her again
star-5
Do. This. Tour.
Dana_L, Oct 2021
Group or Private Complete St Peters Basilica Tour with Dome Climb and Crypt
Amazing. Our tour guide Mama G was great. Learned a lot without being boring. Would HIGHLY recommend. And the view at the top. Unreal!!

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)