St. Peter's Basilica- Opening Hours

Plan Your Visit

St. Peter’s Basilica is open through the year from Thursday to Tuesday; it is closed on Wednesdays. 

High Season: April to September
Low Season: November to March (excluding Christmas and New Year’s)

St. Peter's Basilica Hours

St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter’s Basilica Dome
Vatican Museums
Opening Hours

St. Peter’s Basilica 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.

Days Closed

If a papal mass is being held on Wednesdays, St. Peter’s Basilica opens at 12:30 PM.

Opening Hours

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.

Opening Hours

The Vatican Museums are open Monday to Saturday between 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM (last admission at 04:00 PM); last Sunday of each month: 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM (last admission at 12:30 PM). 

Days Closed

The Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays (except the last Sunday of each month), along with 1 and 6 January, 11 February, 19 March, 13 April, 1 May, 29 June, 15 August, 8, 25 and 26 December.

Best Time to Visit St. Peter’s Basilica

The Vatican witnesses the least crowds in November, and between January to March, making it the best time to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. The cold Italian weather would also help in making your experience a worthwhile one. December would also be a good time to visit; however, Christmas and New Year’s can get busy and you would experience larger crowds.

The best time of day to visit St. Peter’s Basilica would be during early morning hours, between 07:00 AM to 09:00 AM. You can expect the lowest crowds during this time. 

St. Peter’s Basilica Hours FAQ

Q. What are St. Peter’s Basilica hours?
A. St. Peter’s Basilica is open between 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM from 1 April to 30 September, and between 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM from 1 October to 31 March.

Q. When is St. Peter’s Basilica closed?
A. On Wednesdays, if there’s a papal mass, St. Peter’s Basilica opens at 12:30 PM to the public.

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

Q. What are St. Peter’s Basilica Dome hours?
A. St. Peter’s Basilica Dome is open between 07:30 AM to 06:30 PM from 1 April to 30 September, and between 07:30 AM to 05:00 PM from 1 October to 31 March.

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