While the main entrance to the Basilica is free, a few attractions inside require tickets. There are separate lines for each of these attractions in different areas of the Basilica.
Built by Carlo Marcchioni in 1776, the Sacristy is a separate building that was attached to the Basilica. Inside are important relics dating back to the 1st century including decorative columns, artworks, a red cope, an ancient Papal tiara, and other historic treasures. The entrance to the Sacristy and Treasury Museum is below the Monument to Pius VIII.
Opening hours: 8 AM to 5 PM
A. All entrances have a minimum waiting time of about 45 minutes to 1 hour or more.
A. The main entrance is usually the most crowded. Opt for a guided tour for a faster entry into the Basilica. Alternatively, you can also enter through the Dome or Sacristy.
A. The entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica Dome is towards the right of the portico.
A. The entrance to the Sacristy & Treasury Museum is below the Monument to Pius VIII.