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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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Semi-Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
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Semi-Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
$81.84 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic way to see Vatican
Alex was a brilliant tour guide. Incredibly knowledgeable and her passion for the topic shone through. We had our elderly mother with us and it was a great way to see the Vatican and beat the crowds without worrying about having to wait in long queues.
Mia_C, Feb 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Fantastic time at Vatican
Raymond_W, Jan 2023
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Right from the start it had been a great experience. Filipo was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. He brought the sights to life and with some funny moments too. And he ensure they safety of everyone and that no one is left out. I would truly recommend Filipo!
star-5
Very knowledgeable guide....
Denis_F, Oct 2022
Semi-Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
Very knowledgeable guide. They should limit the number of visitors as it was very crowded and not very covid secure.
star-5
Best way to see the Vatican
Matias_G, Feb 2023
VIP Vatican Breakfast: Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
Very nice early breakfast in the Vatican patio. The guided tour was very interesting, the guide was very professional.
star-5
Excellent tour
KERRY_M, Feb 2023
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
These are definitely worth a visit on your trip to Rome, and this is a fantastic tour that ensures you don't miss any of the highlights in the museums. Well paced and informative.
star-5
Fantastic tour, very informative!
Craig_H, Feb 2023
Scavi Tour to the Tomb of St. Peter's & Tour of St. Peter's Basilica
Fantastic tour, very informative! Tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Highly recommend.
star-5
Viator Breakfast at the Vatican is superb
travel, Feb 2023
VIP Vatican Breakfast: Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
Always use Viator no matter where we travel. We can depend on timely tours and the avoid the lines is a gem. Guide was on time and well informed on Vatican, St Peters Basilica. Friendly guide and well informed.
star-5
Assunta was a terrific...
Zack_B, Feb 2023
Small Group Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
Assunta was a terrific guide. Very knowledge, gave great instructions and information on what to do next, and had a clear and engaging voice that kept us all listening. Highly recommend!
star-5
The whole tour is amazing...
Derek_F, Feb 2023
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
The whole tour is amazing and especially with our guide spoke like she was a friend just informing us of the history. A very enjoyable experience.
star-5
Vatican
Dominique_H, Feb 2023
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Marcus was our guide. He was full of life and made the tour very enjoyable. The Vatican was amazing, and glad I had a guide to take me through and show me the highlights!
star-5
Totally worth it.
Danielle_A, Feb 2023
Small Group Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Time went by so fast and it was great to be able to skip the crowds saving time to do other things instead if standing in line. Highly recommended.
star-5
Very memorable
Michael_Q, Feb 2023
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel with St. Peter's Basilica Access
Our tour guide fabrizio was very knowledgeable and easy to get on with.. took us round the Vatican City with ease..👍👍
star-4
Great tour
Catherine_M, Feb 2023
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Booking instructions were clear and the office easy to find. The only drawback was the girl at the office was not exactly welcoming hence only 4 stars but once we left her behind the tour was great. Santi, our guide, was lovely, kept us right and very informative.
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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)
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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