On 1 February 2021, along with the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica reopened its doors. If you are planning a visit, please ensure that you abide by the various health guidelines and measures administered for public safety.
In light of the current situation, the Vatican has enforced certain safety measures in place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, St. Peter's Basilica Dome, Papal Tombs
Pick-up and drop-off, gratuities, food & drinks, visit to Necropolis/St. Peter's Tomb, Scavi
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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 06:30 PM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. Photography is permitted inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
No. Food and drinks are not permitted inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
On weekdays, mass at St. Peter’s Basilica is held at the following hours: 08:30, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 17:00 (in Latin).
On public holidays, Holy Mass is held at 09:00, 10:30 (in Latin), 11:15, 12:15, 13:00, 16:00, 16:45 and 17:30.
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.
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 accepts online reservations and have administered several public safety measures in place.
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.
Yes, you can now book your St. Peter's Basilica tickets online now.
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. However, you will need to purchase tickets to access the Dome.
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.
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.
St. Peter's Basilica is open from 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM between 1 April to 30 September, and from 07:00 AM to 06:30 PM between 1 October to 31 March.
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.
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.