This ticket has the following options that you can choose from:
This ticket has the following options you can choose from:
This ticket has the following variants that you can choose from:
Note: The Spanish tour only runs on Mondays and Saturdays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.