St. Peter's Basilica- Opening Hours

St. Peter's Basilica Opening Hours 2021

St. Peter’s Basilica is open throughout the year.

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 are as follows:

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.

Best Time to Visit

St. Peter's Basilica finds maximum crowds during April to September. If you're looking for relatively smaller crowds, the best time to visit would be November to March (excluding Christmas and New Year’s).

Opening Hours

Hours for St. Peter’s Basilica Dome will be updated shortly.

Opening Hours

The Vatican Museum is open from 08:30 AM to 06:30 PM from Monday to Saturday. Last entry into the museums will be at 04:30 and all guests must exit the exhibition rooms by 06:00 PM.

Days Closed

The Vatican Museums are closed every Sunday (excluding the last Sunday of every month), 1 and 6 January, 11 February, 19 March, 13 April, 1 May, 29 June, and 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. 

FAQs

What are St. Peter's Basilica hours in 2021?

From 1 April to 30 September, St. Peter's Basilica 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.

When is Holy Mass at St. Peter's Basilica?

Holy Mass is held at 08:30 AM, 09:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 05:00 PM (in Latin); on weekends and Holy Days, mass will be held at 09:00 AM, 10:30 AM (in Latin), 11:30 AM, 12:15 PM, 1:00 PM, 04:00 PM, and 05:45 PM.

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

November to March is the best time to visit St. Peter’s Basilica.

What are Vatican Museums hours?

The Vatican Museums are open between 08:30 AM to 06:30 PM from Monday to Saturday. Last entry into the museums will be at 04:30 and all guests must exit the exhibition rooms by 06:00 PM.

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