The high season at St. Peter’s Basilica is between April and September, while the low season is between November and March. Plan your visit to St. Peter’s Basilica during the low season to avoid huge crowds.
Another tip is to visit early in the morning or late in the evening. There will be lesser crowds and you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the church without having to worry about being pushed around.
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Audio guides: Audio guides are available at the entrance.
Cloakrooms: Leave behind items that are not allowed inside.
Restrooms: There are three public restrooms at the Basilica.
Snack Bar: You will find a snack bar on the roof of the Church.
Gift shops: Many gift shops are present throughout the Basilica.
Post office: Collect stamps or send postcards from any of the three post offices at St. Peter’s Square.
Strollers: Strollers are not allowed inside the Basilica. They can be left in the cloakroom.
Baby-changing facilities: Some restrooms are equipped with baby-changing facilities.
Relaxation areas: You will find seats inside the chapels and other areas inside.
Family tours: We recommend choosing a guided tour or private tour if you’re traveling with kids.
Food: You will find a range of snacks suitable for kids at the snack bar on the roof.
Dress code: You will not be permitted to enter the Basilica if your knees and shoulders are not covered.
Photography: Only the use of phones and handheld devices are allowed inside.
Artworks: Do not touch any of the artworks inside the Basilica.
Cell phones: Keep your cell phone's on silent mode inside, especially during mass.
Smoking: Smoking is strictly forbidden inside the premises.
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A. Yes. You can visit St. Peter's Basilica throughout the year.
A. The most efficient way to visit St. Peter's Basilica is by metro (Line A) or bus (40 or 64).
A. You can visit St. Peter’s Basilica from 1 April to 30 September between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM, and from 1 October to 31 March between 7:00 AM and 6:30 PM.
A. You can get to St. Peter’s Basilica by metro (A), train, bus (40, 64), or tram (19).
A. Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City.
A. The best time to visit St. Peter's Basilica is early in the morning or late in the evening. This is because there will be less crowds and you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the church without having to worry about being pushed around.
A. No. You don’t need a passport to visit St. Peter’s Basilica.
A. Paid parking lots can be found close to St. Peter’s Basilica. A few nearby ones are Gran Meliá - Gianicolo, Parking Risorgimento, Garage San Pietro, and Garage Properzio.
A. Yes. To visit the St. Peter’s Basilica Dome, you need to purchase a ticket. The ticket office is situated on the portico of the church, towards the right.