St. Peter’s Basilica
1st April – 30th September – 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
1st October – 31st March – 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Every Wednesday the Basilica opens for public at 12:30 PM after the Papal audience in the Square.
St. Peter’s Basilica Dome
1st April – 30th September – 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM
1st October – 31st March – 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday – Saturday – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Last entry at 4:00 PM)
Last Sunday of the month – 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Last entry at 12:30 PM)
Closed on Sundays except the last Sunday of the month.
Best Time to Visit St. Peter’s Basilica
Best time of the year
The best time to avoid crowds is from November to March, however it can get crowded during Christmas and New Year and any other Holidays and Feast Days celebrated throughout Europe.
Best day to visit
Tuesdays and Thursdays are relatively less crowded during low season, but during high season there is no respite!
Best time of the day
It is better to visit during the afternoon post 1 PM as everyone queues up early in the morning to avoid rush but end up creating long lines.
The best time to visit St. Peter’s Basilica depends on a lot of factors, like the Papal celebrations and festivals taking place. Hence, research in advance and purchase skip the line tickets to avoid disappointment or waiting in serpentine queues.