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

Skip The Line Audioguide in 11 Languages Mobile Tickets
  • 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 Mobile Tickets Guided Tour Expert Guide Instant Confirmation

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 Mobile Tickets Guided Tour Expert Guide Instant Confirmation Flexible Cancellation

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

Expert Local Guide Skip The Line Wireless Audio Headsets
  • 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

Mobile Tickets Guided Tour Skip the Line Expert Guide Flexible Cancellation

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

  • Gain priority access to the most popular attractions in Vatican City at 8 AM before the tourist crowds come flooding in at 9 AM
  • 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 cosy 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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Priority Access Guided Tour: Colosseum & Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel

Skip The Line + Guided Tour 9 Hours Mobile Tickets Flexible Cancellation

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, St. Peter’s Basilica (on Wednesdays, your visit to the Basilica will be replaced with a visit to the Vatican Library) before breaking for a quick lunch (at your own expense)
  • Post lunch, head to the top of Palatine Hill for spectacular views of this ancient city
  • At the Colosseum, your tour guide will offer intuitive commentary about this ancient amphitheatre 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 and 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 3-7yrs enjoy reduced ticket prices (carry valid photo ID)
  • Get a full refund on cancelling this ticket up to 48hrs before 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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Please note that St. Peter's Basilica will remain closed on Wednesdays.

Interesting Facts About St. Peter’s Basilica

  • There are two levels below St Peter’s Basilica; the first level is the Vatican Grottoes - a large underground graveyard where the tombs of 91 Popes are buried. The level below the Vatican Grottoes is the Vatican Necropolis and houses St. Peter’s Tomb.
  • Only 3 women are entombed in the Vatican Grottoes; Queen Christina of Sweden, Agnesina Colonna Caetani and Queen Charlotte of Cyprus.
  • Michelangelo’s famous carving of the Pieta is housed in St Peter’s Basilica and is protected by bulletproof glass. Pieta was carved from a single slab of marble and happens to be the only work Michelangelo ever signed.
  • The holy door in St Peter’s Basilica is only opened for Jubilee Years, which happens once every 25 years. They are usually cemented shut to prevent them accidentally being opened.
  • In the courtyard outside St Peter’s Basilica , there are 140 statues of saints which stand upon the colonnades. These statues have been standing since 1670.
  • Swiss Guard, the world’s smallest army, was formed in 1506 and exists till date to protect the Pope, the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica.

What To See At St. Peter’s Basilica

The St. Peter’s Basilica was designed to amaze, every nook and turn will leave you in absolute awe. Here’s are the main highlights of the Basilica.

St. Peter’s Basilica Cupola

Climbing to the top of the St. Peter’s cupola is a fascinating experience. It was started by Michelangelo, continued by Giacomo Della Porta and completed by Carlo Maderno in 1614. Know that climbing to the top of the Cupola entails an extra admission charge. You can either take the stairs entirely to the top (551 steps) or take the elevator and then climb the remaining on steps (320 steps). There is a minor difference in the ticket for stairs only and lift + stairs. On your way to the top, you can stop at a terrace facing the interiors of the dome and enjoy the beautiful mosaics that deck the periphery. At the top you will be greeted by stunning 360-degree panoramic views of Vatican City and Rome.

The Central Nave

The Central Nave is where you will find the main body of the Basilica. The Nave is about 46 meters (150 ft.) high and 187 meters (615 ft.) long. Charlemagne and other emperors were crowned on the red disc located at the entrance of this Nave. You will also find the measurements of the largest churches in the world printed in brass letters on the floor.

St. Peter’s Treasury

St. Peter’s Treasury is another section of the basilica that has an extra admission charge. Its exhibition contains, crosses, papal vestments (clothing), jewels, reliquaries church ornaments, statues and various other objects that were royal gifts from the past. It costs 5 euros for adults and 3 euros for children 12 and under.

Vatican Grottoes

The Vatican Grottoes is an underground graveyard that contains the tombs of many Vatican popes as well as members of the royal family from the 10th century. Entrance to the Vatican Grottoes is free. It is open daily from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM in the months of April to September and from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM from October to March. Ensure this is the last place you visit in St. Peter’s Basilica since you will be outside the basilica upon exiting the grottoes and you cannot reenter the Basilica with the same ticket twice.

Bernini’s Baldachin

Situated directly under the dome in stands this 29-meter high bronze canopy. Gian Lorenzo Bernini started work on the Baldachin in 1623 and took 11 years to complete this masterpiece.. The Baldachin is said to stand over the papal altar which is directly above St Peter’s tomb. Only the Pope is allowed to serve at the altar.

Bronze Statue Of St. Peter

Created in 1300 by Arnolfo di Cambio, the statue of St Peter seated on a throne has been a part of the the Basilica since 1605. The tradition of pilgrims either touching or kissing the statue’s feet has caused the right foot to wear down.

Michelangelo’s La Pietà Sculpture

Competing with David as Michelangelo's best-known sculpture, this poignant portrayal of Mary holding the body of the dead Christ can be found on the right as soon as you enter the chapel . Michelangelo is said to have carved this master sculpture when he was just 24 years old.

St. Peter’s Square

Locally known the as Piazza San Pietro, St. Peter’s Square is right in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. There are two stunning fountains on either side of the square. There is also a 40-meter high Egyptian obelisk which was brought to Rome in 37 B.C. At the front of the square you will be able to see the large statues of St Peter and St Paul.

FAQ's

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. Ticket and tour information can be found here

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. You can purchase a priority, skip-the-line tour ticket ( https://www.st-peters-basilica-tickets.com/) and fast track your entry.

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. You can plan your route here

Q. What are the opening hours of St Peter's Basilica?

A. Between 1st April – 30th September, the opening hours are 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Between 1st October – 31st March, the opening hours are  7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

On Wednesdays, the Basilica opens for public from 12:30 PM onwards after the papal audience concludes.

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

A. Tuesdays and Thursdays are relatively less crowded days to visit. Saturday is the busiest and most crowded day. We recommend visiting early morning between 7-9 AM or late afternoon, after 1 PM to avoid the crowds.

Q. Can I visit St Peter's Basilica on Wednesday?

A. It is the day the Pope holds the papal audience, so it is closed for visitors until 12:30 PM. While you can visit the Basilica on Wednesday, it can get very crowded after it re-opens to the public.

Q. Can I visit St Peter's Basilica on Sunday?

A. The Vatican Museums are closed on Sunday, however, the Basilica remains open. Due to this, there are large crowds on Sunday. We recommend either going early morning or planning your visit for late afternoon or evening when the crowds reduce.

Q. Can I climb the St. Peter’s dome?

A. The dome has a total of 551 steps. You can purchase a ticket to do the climb, or opt for a guided tour that will include a St Peter's Basilica Dome Climb. This can be booked here

Q. Is there a dress code?

A. Yes. The 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 cloaked.

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.