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St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
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St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
You don't need to purchase tickets for entry into the basilica as it is free. That said, for a more enhanced experience or to gain access to the dome, you need to purchase separate tickets.
Duration: 3-5 hours
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opening hours for St. Peter’s Basilica Dome are 7:30 AM to 5 PM.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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. You will also need to purchase tickets to access the Dome.
Yes, you can now book your St. Peter's Basilica tickets online now. You can purchase your St. Peter's Basilica tickets here.
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 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.
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.