St. Peter’s Basilica at Night

Discover the Glamour of St. Peter's Basilica at Night

St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the oldest and most famous churches in the world, known for its architecture and art. Sitting in the heart of Vatican City and dominating its skyline, the Basilica is a proud symbol of Roman history. There’s much to marvel at both, during the day and night, at this spectacular Church and World Heritage Site.

Why Visit St. Peter’s Basilica at Night?

St. Peter’s Basilica at Night
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Small-Group St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

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St. Peter’s Basilica Dome: Guided Tour

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St Peter's Basilica Dome Climb with Tour of Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

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English Guided Tour of the St. Peter's Basilica and the Cupola

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Visitor Tips

  • If you’ve visited the Cathedral during the day, then you should visit at night as well. It is completely lit up at night, creating a unique picturesque sight. 
  • Don’t miss out on climbing the Dome towards the evening to catch the sunset across the skyline.
  • The Church closes by 6: 30 PM (October and March) and 7:00 PM (April - September) so make sure you start your tour by at least 5:30 PM or 6:00 PM.
  • If you’re visiting the Vatican Grottoes, then make sure you’re done before 5:00 PM because it closes earlier than the Basilica. 
  • You can make a day out of your visit to the Vatican and visit the Museums, Sistine Chapel, and save St. Peter’s Basilica for the evening to admire its beauty at night.
  • You’ll definitely want to take pictures of St. Peter’s Basilica at night. You can do this from the outside of the Church.

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Frequently Asked Questions About St. Peter’s Basilica at Night

Q. Can I visit St. Peter’s Basilica at night?

A. You can visit St. Peter’s Basilica any time before 6: 30 PM (October and March) and 7:00 PM (April - September).

Q. Are there St. Peter’s Basilica night tours?

A. St. Peter’s Basilica closes by 7:00 PM. All tours will be completed by then.

Q. What can I do around St. Peter’s Basilica at night?

A. Start your evening by visiting the Sistine Chapel, then head over to the Vatican Museums, followed by St. Peter’s Basilica, and end your evening at St. Peter’s Square.

Q. What is St. Peter’s Basilica?

A. St. Peter’s Basilica is a 16th-century church built over the Tomb of St. Peter.

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Q. What are the St. Peter’s Basilica opening hours?

A. St. Peter's Basilica is open between April to September from 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM and between October to March from 7:00 AM - 06:30 PM.

Q. When does St. Peter’s Basilica close?

A. St. Peter’s Basilica closes at 7:00 PM between April and September and at 6:30 PM between October and March.