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Small-Group St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

€27
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1 hr.
Guided Tour
  • Head over to St. Peter's Basilica, and enter one of the most magnificent churches ever built that holds a pride of place at the Vatican.
  • You will be accompanied by an official Vatican guide who will take you through the impressive Basilica and educate you on all the aspects of this holy monument.
  • Check out the stunning works of art and architecture by Renaissance greats such as Bernini, Donato Bramante, Carlo Maderno, and more.
  • Pay homage to the grand tomb of St. John Paul II on this guided tour.
  • Choose between English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German-guided tours.

This ticket has the following options that you can choose from:

  • English Guided Tour
  • French Guided Tour
  • Italian Guided Tour
  • German Guided Tour
  • Spanish Guided Tour
  • Pro Tip: The best time to visit St. Peter's Basilica is during the morning or Wed afternoon to avoid long queues.

Dress Code

  • To pay your respects, you must abide by the Basilica's dress code. Sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats are not permitted. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

St. Peter’s Basilica Dome: Guided Tour

€29
Free Cancellation
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2 hr.
Guided Tour
  • Your tour starts with climbing to the top of St. Peter's Basilica's dome, alongside an expert local tour guide.
  • Once at the top, gaze out and catch awe-inspiring views of Rome, its popular landmarks, and the surrounding hills.
  • Pick up interesting facts and details regarding the dome of Michaelangelo and the Papal Tombs from your guide.
  • Explore the dazzling interiors of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Papal Sarcophagi once you've visited the top of the dome.
  • Appreciate the artistic brilliance of Michelangelo and Bernini while at the Basilica.
  • Dress code: Please be dressed appropriately. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

This ticket has the following options you can choose from:

  • English Guided Tour
  • Spanish Guided Tour
  • French Guided Tour
  • Italian Guided Tour
  • English Guided Tour - Dome Climb only
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

St Peter's Basilica Dome Climb with Tour of Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

€94.95
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5 hr. 30 min.
Guided Tour
  • Commence your tour by climbing to the terrace of St. Peter’s Basilica, where you will uncover unmatched panoramic views of Rome from atop Michelangelo’s Cupola.
  • Make your way to the other parts of the Basilica, marvel at its unique Barocco style, and cultural artifacts like Michelangelo's Pieta.
  • Head next to the fantastic Papal Sarcophagi, where you will witness Renaissance masterpieces of Bernini and Michelangelo.
  • Enjoy fast-track entry into the glorious Vatican Museums, and tour around its many alluring galleries, such as the Chandelier’s Gallery, the Galleries of Tapestries and Maps, the Raphael Rooms, and many others.
  • Continue your tour by paying a visit to the beguiling Sistine Chapel, and marvel at the cherished murals here, such as the painted ceiling and The Last Judgement by Michelangelo.

This ticket has the following variants that you can choose from:

  • English-Guided Tour
  • French-Guided Tour
  • Spanish-Guided Tour
  • Italian-Guided Tour

Note: The Spanish tour only runs on Mondays and Saturdays.

  • Compulsory Vatican dress code - visitors must cover knees, arms, and back.
  • Ages 5yrs and below go free. Ages 6-17yrs enjoy reduced pricing (carry a valid photo ID to avail).
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Combo (Save 5%): Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel + St. Peter’s Basilica Dome Guided Tour

From €73€69.35
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Guided Tour
  • Discover the three best sights of the Vatican in just this one ticket and save the cost of them individually.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the largest Basilica in the world - St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Marvel at the masterpieces of Renaissance art such as Michelangelo's Pieta, the giant bronze canopy of St. Peter’s Baldachin, the Chair of St. Peter, and others.
  • Explore the Vatican Museums that are home to a number of classical sculptures, tapestries, and paintings by Renaissance greats such as Raphael, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Bernini, and Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Situated at the end of the Vatican Museums and neighboring St. Peter's Basilica is the famed Sistine Chapel.
  • The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is especially famous, painted by Michelangelo in a span of 4 years, the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel are considered to be a cornerstone of western art.
  • The St. Peter's Basilica tour is offered in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Sistine Chapel
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

St. Peter's Basilica Tickets 2022

If there’s a structure that perhaps best represents Vatican City and Christianity, it is the utterly captivating St. Peter’s Basilica. Boasting the tallest dome in the world while serving as a prime example of Renaissance-era architecture, a visit to Vatican City is incomplete without exploring St. Peter’s Basilica. 

Based on Catholic history, the basilica today stands on the burial ground of St. Peter, considered widely as the first Pope. Construction was completed back in 1626 under the heavy influence of famed artists like Raphael, Bernini, Bramante and of course, Michelangelo.

Today, there’s plenty to see at St. Peter’s Basilica. Admire and witness first-hand Renaissance-era impressions and design that adorn the interiors of this ancient church; or, head up to the St. Peter’s Basilica Dome, from where you get breathtaking views of Rome and Vatican City. You can also make your way towards the Vatican Necropolis, which is an ancient burial ground. 

Soak in classical art and architecture, study the history of Christianity and more with a St. Peter’s Basilica ticket. 

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Combo Tours

Apart from St. Peter’s Basilica, there’s more to explore in Vatican City. A visit is incomplete without exploring the history- and art-laden Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. While a standard St. Peter’s Basilica ticket does not include access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, you can opt for a Vatican ticket that does. Your Vatican ticket includes access to all three landmarks, along with skip-the-line access and a guided tour, allowing you to make the most of your visit to Vatican City.

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How do I enter St. Peter’s Basilica?

Entry into St. Peter’s Basilica is free and does not require a ticket. However, if you would like to have a fruitful visit, it is best to go on a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. With a guided St. Peter's Basilica tour ticket, you will be accompanied by an expert guide who will fill you in with all kinds of interesting information about the church.

Does my St. Peter’s Basilica ticket include guided tours?

All St. Peter’s Basilica tickets include either an audio guide or a professional tour guide. We recommend opting for an accompanying tour guide, as they will not only guide you past the long lines, but also inform you about history, art and culture associated with the basilica.

Does my St. Peter’s Basilica ticket include access to the Dome?

Not all St. Peter’s Basilica tickets include access to the Dome. You would have to purchase tickets that specifically allow access to the St. Peter’s Basilica Dome

Does my St. Peter’s Basilica ticket include skip-the-line access?

There are no direct skip-the-line tickets to St. Peter's Basilica. All visitors have to go through a mandatory security check and this could take as much as 3 hours. However, arriving early and booking tickets in advance could help you to skip the lines.

How do I get to St. Peter’s Basilica Dome?

To get to the St. Peter’s Basilica Dome, there are two steps: first, you can take either the elevator or climb up about 231 stairs which lead directly into the Dome from where you can also step onto the terrace; second, you can go right to the top of the Dome but that would require you to climb another 320 steps up a narrow, winding staircase.

Does my St. Peter’s Basilica ticket include access to the Dome?

Not all tickets include access to the Dome. You would have to purchase tickets that specifically allow access to the St. Peter’s Basilica Dome.

Is entry to the St. Peter’s Basilica Dome free?

While entry to the cathedral is free, you would have to pay an extra amount to visit the St. Peter’s Basilica Dome. However, if you purchase a St. Peter’s Basilica ticket, your tour would include access to the Dome.

Is a visit to the St. Peter’s Basilica Dome worth it?

Yes. Not only can you witness the fine interiors of the dome up-close, but if you step out on the terrace, you also have the opportunity to soak in some stunning panoramic views of Rome and Vatican City,

What is the Vatican Necropolis?

The Vatican Necropolis is an ancient burial ground built under St. Peter’s Basilica. According to ancient history, St. Peter is said to be buried under the basilica.

Does my St. Peter’s Basilica ticket include access to the Vatican Necropolis?

Not all St. Peter’s Basilica tickets include access to the Vatican Necropolis. You would have to book tickets that specifically allow access to the Necropolis.

Are guided tours of the Vatican Necropolis available?

Yes. You can book a guided tour of the Vatican Necropolis. However, ensure that you book one well in advance since the intake is limited to small groups of visitors per day.

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Plan Your Visit to St. Peter’s Basilica

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Getting There
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Rules and Regulations
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What are St. Peter’s Basilica hours?

St. Peter’s Basilica opening hours vary depending on the season. From 1 April to 30 September, it is open between 7 AM to 7 PM and from 1 October to 31 March, it is open between 7 AM to 6:30 PM.

What are St. Peter’s Basilica Dome hours?
What is the best time to visit St. Peter’s Basilica?

The best time to visit St. Peter’s Basilica is between November to March (excluding Christmas and New Year’s time). You would experience lesser crowds and shorter waiting lines.

How do I get to St. Peter’s Basilica?

Getting to St. Peter’s Basilica is easy with multiple transport options available. You can take the Rome Metro, a train, or a bus to Vatican City, and simply walk to the basilica located at St. Peter’s Square.

Can I take the Rome metro to St. Peter’s Basilica?

Yes, taking the Rome metro is the easiest way of getting to St. Peter’s Basilica. Get off at the Ottaviano stop, from where St. Peter’s Square is a 5-minute walk.

Can I take the bus to St. Peter’s Basilica?

Yes. Buses 40 and 64 are the best options to get to St. Peter’s Basilica. Bus 40 stops at Traspontina/Conciliazione, about 6 minutes walking distance from St. Peter’s Basilica. Bus 64 stops at Cavalleggeri/S. Pietro, about a 4-minute walk away from St. Peter's Basilica.  

How do I enter St. Peter’s Basilica?

Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free. Temporarily, the entrance through the Sistine Chapel is closed, so visitors can use the main entrance at St. Peter's Square.

How do I skip the lines at St. Peter’s Basilica?

There are some easy ways to skip the line in front of the basilica such as arriving early or purchasing tickets online and in advance. However, you will still have to stand in line for the mandatory security check.

Does my St. Peter’s Basilica skip-the-line ticket include guided tours?

Not all St. Peter’s Basilica tickets include guided tours. They would include either an audio guide or a professional tour guide.

What should I wear when I visit St. Peter’s Basilica?

The Vatican has a strict dress code that visitors must adhere to. Low-cut or sleeveless tops, shorts, miniskirts, etc. are not permitted inside St. Peter’s Basilica.

Is photography allowed inside St. Peter’s Basilica?

Yes. Photography is permitted inside St. Peter’s Basilica.

Are food and drinks allowed inside St. Peter’s Basilica?

No. Food and drinks are not permitted inside St. Peter’s Basilica.

What are St. Peter’s Basilica mass hours?

On weekdays, mass at St. Peter’s Basilica is held at the following hours: 8:30 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, and 5 PM.

On public holidays, Holy Mass is held at 9 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:15 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM, 4:45 PM, 5:30 PM

On which days is mass held at St. Peter’s Basilica?

Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica is held daily from Monday to Sunday. However, timings and location of the mass vary according to the day. You can get complete details about mass at St. Peter’s Basilica here.

How do I attend mass at St. Peter’s Basilica?

Tickets are available to attend mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. Ensure that you book your tickets in advance to avoid losing out on a seat.

Frequently Asked Questions About St. Peter's Basilica Tickets

Q. Is it safe to visit St. Peter’s Basilica post-Coronavirus in 2021?

A. St. Peter's Basilica reopened to the public on 1 February 2021 following a closure due to the pandemic. For the safety of its visitors, they now accept online reservations and have administered several public safety measures in place.

Q. What public safety measures are in place at St. Peter's Basilica in 2021?

A. St. Peter's Basilica has reopened to the public with various safety measures in place. They now accept online reservations in an attempt to increase contactless experiences. Masks and social distancing is mandatory at St. Peter's Basilica, and guests will undergo temperature checks at the entry.

Q. Are St. Peter’s Basilica tickets available online in 2022?

A. Yes, you can now book your St. Peter's Basilica tickets online now. You can purchase your St. Peter's Basilica tickets here.

Q. Do I need tickets to enter St.Peter’s Basilica?

A. Entry to St. Peter's Basilica is free and you do not need a ticket to enter. You only need to purchase tickets for tours. You can choose between an expert-guided tour or a self-guided audio tour of the St Peter's Basilica. However, you will need to purchase tickets to access the Dome.

Q. What is the cancelation policy for St. Peter’s Basilica tickets?

A. It depends on the St. Peter’s Basilica ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 24-48 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation. 

Q. Where is the St. Peter’s Basilica entrance?

A. To enter St. Peter’s Basilica, you would have to use its main entrance at St. Peter’s Square. Temporarily, the entrance through the Sistine Chapel has been closed to the public.

Q. What are St. Peter's Basilica opening hours in 2022?

A. St. Peter's Basilica is open from 7 AM to 7 PM between 1 April to 30 September, and from 7 AM to 6:30 PM between 1 October to 31 March.

Q. How do I get to St. Peter’s Basilica?

A. St. Peter’s Basilica is easily accessible by public transport. Take a metro to the Ottaviano Station located near the Vatican Walls. From there, it is a short 5-minute walk to St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican Museums.

Q. Do I have to follow a dress code before entering St. Peter's Basilica?

A. Yes. A dress code is strictly enforced at St Peter's Basilica. Clothing above the knees, low cut tops, and bare shoulders are not allowed. Hats and large bags are also not allowed inside and must be checked in.