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Dedicated Access: St. Peter's Basilica Self Guided Audio Tour

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  • Get priority, skip-the-line access with a dedicated entrance to St. Peter's Basilica, one of the most magnificent churches ever built that holds a pride of place at the Vatican.
  • With a downloadable audio guide that is available in 11 languages, explore the inner sanctum of this exquisite church and learn about its importance in the Catholic Church.
  • See impressive Renaissance masterpieces such as Michaelangelo's Pieta and Bernini's Chair of St. Peter, and also pay homage to the grand tomb of St. John Paul II on this self-guided audio tour.
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Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

Duration: 3 Hours
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Guided tour to Vatican's three gorgeous landmarks in a choice of six languages

  • Starting with the Vatican Museums, your expert historian guide will fill your tour with fascinating anecdotes about the world-famous sculptures and paintings housed in these corridors
  • Serenade your senses with the timeless beauty of Raphael Rooms, Tapestries Gallery and other marvels of immense significance
  • Next up is the Sistine Chapel that is home to Michelangelo’s iconic artworks, including the elaborate fresco on the ceiling
  • Wind up this memorable day at the St. Peter’s Basilica, the central pilgrimage in all of Christendom and a treasure trove of Renaissance art
  • Compulsory Vatican dress code - visitors must cover knees, arms, and back
  • On Wednesday mornings and afternoons, St. Peter's Basilica may be closed as the Papal Audience takes place in St. Peter’s Square. If you’re considering visiting St. Peter's Basilica, please make plans on another day
  • The Basilica is also subject to last-minute closures. In the event that it’s closed, you will be taken to see the Vatican Library instead
  • This ticket cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled
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Exclusive St. Peter's Guided Tour with Dome Climb and Papal Tombs

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  • Get to the top of the St. Peter's Basilica and catch awe-inspiring views of Rome, its popular landmarks, and the surrounding hills.
  • An expert local guide will shed light on the interesting details regarding the dome of Michaelangelo and the Papal Tombs.
  • 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.
  • This experience can be cancelled 24 hours before the day of the tour for a full refund.
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Entire Vatican City Guided Tour with St Peter's Basilica Dome Climb

Duration: 5.5 Hours
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Early guided tour (English or Spanish) of Vatican City, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica with an Exclusive Dome Climb

  • 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 before heading towards 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
  • Ages 5yrs and below go free. Ages 6-17yrs enjoy reduced pricing (carry an ID to avail)
  • Compulsory Vatican dress code - visitors must cover knees, arms and back
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 48hrs before schedule
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Guided Tour Of St. Peter's Basilica With Fast Track Entrance

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  • Get priority, skip-the-line access to St. Peter's Basilica, one of the most magnificent churches ever built that holds a pride of place at the Vatican.
  • Enjoy the company of 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, and also pay homage to the grand tomb of St. John Paul II on this guided tour.
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Early Access Group Tour to St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

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Guided tours (in English and Spanish) of Vatican's most visited attractions

  • Get early, priority access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • While the Vatican Museums open at 9 AM, you will be able to enter the museum just before 8 AM before the general public and enjoy an immersive guided tour of these iconic attractions
  • With the option to choose between 2-hour, 2.5-hour, and 3-hour guided tours in either English or Spanish, choose the option that best fits your itinerary
  • Gather in cozy groups and commence your tour at the Vatican museums; tour through the stunning 54 galleries and pick up facts about Renaissance artists you knew not of
  • Next up, make your way to the historical Sistine Chapel and marvel at the staggering collection of artworks by Renaissance artists like Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Ghirlandaio
  • Your last stop is at the world’s most opulent church, St. Peter’s Basilica; gear up for a blast of Renaissance brilliance through artworks like Baldacchino, La Pieta, and the Statue of St. Peter
  • Compulsory Vatican dress code - visitors must cover knees, arms and back
  • Reduced Prices are available as per time and date of experience chosen. Please check the booking page for further information
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 72 hrs before schedule
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Rome in a Day: Colosseum, Vatican & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Duration: 9hrs
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Immersive full-day guided tour available in a choice of 5 languages - English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese

  • Skip the lines to the stunning Vatican museums and explore the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (on Wednesdays, your visit to the Basilica will be replaced with a visit to the Vatican Library)
  • Break for a quick lunch (at your own expense) before heading to the second part of your tour
  • Head to the top of Palatine Hill for spectacular views of this ancient city
  • At the Colosseum, your tour guide will offer intuitive commentary on the ancient amphitheater and the larger-than-life shows that were hosted here
  • Finish your 9-hour tour with a walk down the ancient path of the Roman Forum along the Via Sacra
  • Visit the temple of Vesta, Antonino and Faustina, and the Basilica Julia and Aemilia while you’re here
  • Ages 2yrs and below go free. Ages 3-14 yrs enjoy reduced ticket prices (carry valid photo ID)
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule
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Papal Audience with Pope Francis Experience

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  • Experience the holy Papal audience with Pope Francis and secure the best possible seats in the square.
  • Learn the history of the Papacy and the Vatican from your guide as well as headset audioguides.
  • Your free invites shall be collected by our operator beforehand, thereby ensuring a hasslefree and memorable experience.
  • Listen to the Pope's weekly message, sing/pray with the numerous Cardinals that assist him in the event and feel divine!
  • The tour groups are always 20 (or less) in number.
  • You can cancel this experience 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
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St. Peter’s Basilica Reopens Post-COVID-19

After more than two months of being closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Peter’s Basilica reopened its doors to the public on  May 18. If you are planning a visit, please ensure that you abide by the various health guidelines and measures administered for public safety.

Safety Measures at St. Peter’s Basilica

In light of the current situation, the Vatican has enforced certain safety measures in place. 

  • All visitors’ temperature will be assessed by a thermal scanner before entry
  • It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover completely cover the nose and mouth throughout the duration of their visit
  • Visitors can enter St. Peter’s Basilica directly through its entrance. The one through the Sistine Chapel is closed until further notice.
  • Social distancing is mandatory. Visitors must maintain a minimum of 2 meters (6.5 feet) distance from others. This has also been enabled by social distancing markers placed on the path before the entrance. 
  • Hand sanitizers have been placed around St. Peter’s Square for public use
  • The number of people who can participate in a mass has been significantly reduced. Please check before you book your ticket. Until further notice, no large public gathering will be organized by the Pope.

St. Peter's Basilica Tickets 2020

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. 

Your St. Peter's Basilica Ticket Options Explained

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Skip-the-line Tickets

A standard ticket to St. Peter’s Basilica includes skip-the-line access. Since entry into the structure is free, you will generally find long waiting lines. With a St. Peter’s Basilica skip-the-line ticket, you can comfortably bypass the long waiting lines and conveniently choose your own entry slot. A standard ticket provides access into the Basilica where you can view highlights like Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’.
Depending on your ticket, you will get an accompanying audio guide or a tour guide to assist you in exploring the basilica.

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Guided Tours

Opting for a guided St. Peter’s Basilica tour is the best way to explore the length and breadth of this classic landmark. Your multilingual tour guide will take you past the waiting lines and into the basilica, where they will enlighten you with interesting trivia about the history, construction and contemporary influence of this monument. Depending on your ticket, your guided tour will vary: some allow access to just the main premises, while others allow entry into the Dome, Papal tombs, etc.

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St. Peter’s Basilica Dome

A standard St. Peter’s Basilica ticket allows entry only into the primary areas of the structure. If you’re looking to explore further and enjoy a memorable birds-eye view of Rome and Vatican City, you can opt for a St. Peter’s Basilica Dome ticket. A professional tour guide will take you right to the top into the dome, from where you can witness the interior design up-close, and step onto the terrace to view ancient statues and enjoy splendid panoramic views of the twin cities.

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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 skip the long lines, it is best to purchase a St. Peter’s Basilica ticket. You can bypass the long queues and get priority entry.

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?

Yes, all tickets include skip-the-line access. We recommend booking a St. Peter’s Basilica skip-the-line ticket in advance to avoid waiting in long 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 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.

Beyond St. Peter’s Basilica

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Vatican Museums

Raphael, Bramante, Michelangelo and Caravaggio are just a few exemplary artists whose works have been featured in the Vatican Museums. Renowned worldwide for hosting one of the largest and most impressive, influential collections of art in history, a visit to this ancient city is incomplete without losing yourself in the sheer beauty of the Vatican Museums. There’s no end to the number of art pieces, sculptures and ceilings you can observe across the 54 galleries. Explore the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, Spiral Staircase and more on your visit to the Vatican Museums.

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Sistine Chapel

If there’s a work of art that best describes Michelangelo’s thought and prowess, it’s the Sistine Chapel. Visitors flock from all around the world to get a glimpse of the spectacular Sistine Chapel and its glorious ceiling. Adorned with vibrant colors and an array of biblical characters, each part of the Sistine Chapel narrates a story -- be it the Sacrifice of Noah, or Original Sin and Banishment from the Garden of Eden, or the fascinating, widely-studied Giudizio Universale. Located right at the end of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel is a must-visit in Rome.

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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 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM; from 1 October to 31 March, it is open between 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM. On Wednesdays, the basilica opens at 12:30 PM after a papal audience.

When is St. Peter’s Basilica closed?

St. Peter’s Basilica is closed on Wednesdays, except for when the Pope holds a papal audience. On such days, the basilica is opened to public post 12:30 PM.

What are St. Peter’s Basilica Dome hours?

Opening hours for St. Peter’s Basilica Dome are: From 1 April to 30 September, the dome is open between 07:30 AM to 06:30 PM; from 1 October to 31 March, between 07:30 AM to 05:00 PM.

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 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. They will drop you off at Piazza Pia, from where you can walk to St. Peter’s Square.

How do I enter St. Peter’s Basilica?

Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free. You can enter either from the entrance located at St. Peter’s Square, or by opting for a guided tour which allows you to access the basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel.

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

Most St. Peter’s Basilica tickets include skip-the-line access by default. Additionally, if you opt for a St. Peter’s Basilica guided tour, you also get skip-the-line access with your ticket. 

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

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

What can I access with my St. Peter’s Basilica skip-the-line ticket?

A standard ticket includes skip-the-line access to the primary sections of St. Peter’s Basilica. To explore Dome or Necropolis, you would have to purchase tickets that specifically offer entry into these special sections.

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?

From Monday to Saturday, mass at St. Peter’s Basilica is held every hour between 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM and at 05:00 PM. On Sunday and other days of Holy Mass, services are held between 09:00 AM and 05:30 PM. You can get complete details about mass at St. Peter’s Basilica here.

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.

St. Peter's Basilica Tickets FAQ

Q. Is it safe to visit St. Peter’s Basilica post-COVID-19?
A. To ensure the safety of its visitors, St. Peter’s Basilica now accepts only online reservations. Several safety measures and guidelines have also been enforced to ensure the safety of its visitors. 

Q. What are the safety measures and guidelines in place at St. Peter’s Basilica?
A. In light of COVID-19, multiple health and safety measures have been enforced; St. Peter’s Basilica now accepts only online reservations. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face throughout their entire visit; they will also be subject to temperature checks by thermal scanners before entry. 

Q. Are St. Peter’s Basilica tickets available online now?
A. Yes. You can book your St. Peter’s Basilica tickets online as they now accept only digital reservations.

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. 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 and skip the line access.  You can choose between an expert guided tour or self guided audio tour of the St Peter's Basilica.

Q. How long do I have to wait in line to enter the St Peter's basilica?
A. Depending on the crowd, you could spend a long time waiting in line to enter. The best alternative is to book a St. Peter's Basilica skip-the-line ticket, that allows you to bypass the long waiting lines and get priority access.

Q. Where is St Peter's Basilica located?
A. St Peter’s Basilica is located inside the Vatican City.

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. Can I climb St. Peter’s Basilica Dome?
A. Yes. However, you would need to purchase tickets that specifically provide access to the Dome.

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.

Q. Is photography allowed at the St Peter’s Basilica?
A. Yes. You can take pictures for personal use in St. Peter’s basilica and the other parts of the Vatican Museums except the Sistine Chapel. It is strictly prohibited inside the Sistine chapel. Use of the flash is not permitted anywhere.