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St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) Tours & Tickets

Grand in stature, with stunning Renaissance architecture. Is it any wonder it's so visited and admired? Book St. Peter's Basilica tickets and get to explore this most revered of places. There is a reason why it's known as one of the most significant churches globally, let alone Rome and the Vatican City. Unlock Rome’s secrets with St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican and Sistine Chapel tickets to make the most of your Roman itinerary.
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Our tips for St. Peter's Basilica

  • Combine or skip the line: St. Peter's Basilica is just a part of Vatican City! There are so many treasures to uncover, so combine your ticket to ensure you see it all, and with skip-the-line, you'll be saying goodbye to those queues and seeing the delights before everyone else. Now that's a win in anyone's book.
  • Have the right shoes on: You'll need between 3-5 hours to tour the Vatican fully! That's a lot of walking, so make sure to wear sensible shoes, you really don't want to get sore feet while looking on in awe at all the treasures.
  • Save money. Combine the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica tour to get the most bang for your buck.

Good to know

Among other religiously significant structures in the Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica continues to allude to historians and art enthusiasts alike for centuries. Sanctified in 1626, the legend has that the original church was built way back in 349 where St. Peter is buried. Bones have been discovered of a man in his 60's (which St Peter would have been) at the tomb, so, we'll let you decide!

St Peter's will have you gazing at its architecture in awe. None of the paintings inside the church are actually paintings. We hear you say, it can’t be! Yep, every one of them is a mosaic! Look closely, and you will see.

During the reign of Pope Nicholas V, the restoration was ordered but soon after he died, those attempts came to a halt. Prominent architects like Michelangelo Buonarroti, Giacomo della Porta and Carlo Maderno worked on its dome. Originally the dome was designed by Michelangelo but completed by his pupil Giacomo Della Porta.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to visit St. Peter’s Basilica?
    A:

    The best time to visit St. Peter's Basilica is during the morning, and we're talking earlier the better as it opens usually from 7 am. If you do have Vatican skip-the-line tickets, then that will help of course if you have to visit later in the day. St. Peter's Basilica can also be very crowded at the weekends and during the peak summer season! Early is best for sure.

  • Q: How do I get there?
    A:

    Vatican tours start at the main entrance, so your guide will be waiting for you outside there. It's best to arrive 15 minutes early so leave plenty of time to get there. Also, you can buy a Hop-on Hop-off Bus Rome tour to see other top Roman attractions alongside.

  • Q: What are St. Peter’s Basilica’s opening hours?
    A:

    St. Peter’s Basilica is open from 7 am to 7 pm from April to September. It is open from 7 am to 6 pm from October to March.

  • Q: What is the ticket price?
    A:

    You can enter St. Basilica for free. However, St. Peter’s Basilica guided tour starts at GB£ 23.77.

  • Q: What are the must-see attractions at St. Peter’s Basilica?
    A:

    You must not miss the baldachin of Bernini, beautiful statues, the tombs, the intricate dome and the Necropolis during your trip to St. Peter’s Basilica.

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