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Built over 100 years, St. Peter’s Basilica is Italy’s largest and most opulent church and comes directly under the jurisdiction of the Holy See. Located within the Vatican City in the middle of Rome, the Basilica is steeped in history and heritage and is arguably the most important church to Catholics around the world. As a work of architecture, it is regarded as the greatest building of its age owing to its mesmerizing renaissance architecture.

Safety Measures and New Rules at St Peter's Basilica

  • Visitors can book their St. Peter's Basilica tickets online now.
  • All visitors must wear a face mask throughout their visit.
  • A minimum of 1.5 meters social distance must be maintained between visitors.
  • The temperature of each guest will be checked before entry.
  • Visitors can enter the basilica directly from the main entrance; the entrance through the Sistine Chapel is temporarily closed.
  • Hand sanitizers are available for public use.

St. Peter's Basilica Tickets

Being one of the most popular attractions in Vatican, St Peter's Basilica sees millions of tourists every year and lines can be excruciatingly long. However, there is a variety of ticket options to choose from; from skip-the-line access to the Basilica, to combo packages that take you through the church and the rest of Rome. Guided tours include the services of a knowledgeable guide who will provide interesting trivia and information about the site.

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St. Peter’s Basilica Combos

With over 5 million visitors every year, St Peter’s Basilica is one of Rome’s most popular attractions. Due to its popularity, ticket lines at St Peter’s Basilica could be rather long, and wait times could easily stretch hours. With dedicated access tickets, you can save time and choose an entry slot according to your convenience. Take cognizance of the Renaissance masterpieces, such as Michelangelo's Pieta, and Bernini’s Chair of St. Peter. You will also be able to pay homage to the tomb of St. John Paul II. Apart from the Cupola, you’re free to explore the rest of St Peter’s Basilica and soak in its rich heritage.

Why go for these tickets?

  • On a self-guided tour, explore the basilica and its exhibits at your own pace.
  • These low-priced tickets are the best way to explore St. Peter’s Basilica if you're on a budget.
  • Zoom past the long waiting lines with your tickets as they include skip-the-line access, allowing you to save valuable time.

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Visit the largest basilica in the world; St.Peter's Basilica and enjoy a self-guided tour of its inner sanctums. You will also benefit from priority access and waste no time while you explore this Renaissance masterpiece.
The biggest advantage of a guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica is that you are accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. The guide will not only ensure that you are not lost during the tour, but will also help you understand the history behind every single attraction on the way. Depending on your ticket, your tour could include complimentary access to Michelangelo’s St. Peter’s Basilica dome, one of the most magnificent domes in the city of Rome. Gazing over the rolling green Castelli Romani hills, the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the opulent Vatican cannot get better than this; it’s an experience you’re going to cherish forever.

Why go for these tickets?

  • On a guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica, you are accompanied by a professional guide who will enthrall you with stories about every major attraction at the basilica, including the dome.
  • Soak in an eagle’s view of Vatican City from Michelangelo’s St. Peter’s Basilica dome, a truly unparalleled experience.
  • Avoid waiting in lines with the benefit of fast-track access as part of your tickets.

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Explore the St. Peter’s Basilica’s charming interiors and the Papal Sarcophagi after your visit to the top of the dome. Your guide will enlighten you with history, trivia and more on the basilica's attractions and significance.
On a small-group tour, explore the art, architecture and cultural significance of St. Peter's Basilica with your knowledge Vox city guide.
Enjoy guided tour of Rome and Vatican City with these combo tickets. On your tour, enjoy top attractions with skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum.

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  • Experience Rome like never before as you explore top attractions including the Colosseum and Vatican Museums with St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Some combo tickets take you through an in-depth tour of unique attractions like the mysterious Vatican Necropolis, which are not part of regular tours.
  • With a multilingual tour guide, discover the history and significance of top attractions in Rome and Vatican City.

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Experience the symbolic history of St. Peter's Basilica and soak in its magnificent Renaissance architecture. Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and walk through the vibrant history of one of the world's most premier art collections.

Plan your Visit to St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

Opening Hours

Getting There

Best Time to Visit

Rules & Facilities

What are the opening hours of St. Peter’s Basilica?
From 1 April to 30 September, St. Peter's Basilica is open from 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM; from 1 October to 31 March, it is open from 07:00 AM to 06:30 PM.
When can I attend the mass at St. Peter's Basilica?
On weekdays, mass at St. Peter’s Basilica 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.
How long does it take to tour St. Peter’s Basilica?
Exploring everything that the historical basilica has to offer, including the grottos and museums will take you between 1 hour to 3 hours, depending on the attractions you choose to visit. If you’re looking to attend a mass as well, you could easily end up taking over 4 hours to finish your St Peter’s Basilica tour.
Where is St. Peter's Basilica located?
The basilica is located at Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City.
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How do I get to St Peter’s Basilica?
St Peter’s Basilica is located in the Vatican city, which is located towards the north of the Rome city center. You can get to Vatican City via public transport, Metro, Hop On Hop Off buses or private cabs.
How do I get to St Peter’s Basilica by Metro?
To reach St Peter’s Basilica, you have to take the Rome Metro and get down at Ottaviano-S. Pietro, which is just outside the Vatican. Line A direction Battistini, Ottaviano or Cipro stations of the Metro have trains running every few minutes. It's a 5-minute walk from the Metro to both St Peter's Square and the Vatican Museums.
Can I get to St Peter’s Basilica by bus?
To reach St Peter’s Basilca, you have to take either one of the following;
Bus 49 - stops at the square in front of the Vatican Museums
Buses 32, 81, 982 - stops at Piazza del Risorgimento
Buses 492, 990 - stops at Via Leone IV / Via degli Scipioni

These bus stations are the closest ones to St Peter’s Basilica.
What is the best time of day to visit St Peter’s Basilica?
As the basilica opens quite early, it is recommended that you visit the monument between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM to avoid the crowd. The number of people visiting St Peter’s Basilica tends to increase by midday. On Wednesday, in lieu of the Papal Audience, there is generally a huge crowd at the basilica.
What is the best time of the year to visit St Peter’s Basilica?
Fall (autumn) is the best time of the year to visit St Peter’s Basilica. St Peter’s Basilica tends to get crowded during Christian festivals and holy days. The time between September and November features the lowest number of Christian holy days, making it the best season to visit the Vatican and to avoid crowds.
Is St. Peter's Basilica wheelchair-accessible?
Yes, St. Peter's Basilica is wheelchair-accessible due to the presence of ramps and elevators.
Is photography allowed inside St. Peter's Basilica?
Yes, photography is allowed inside the basilica. However, flash photography is not permitted.
What is the dress code to enter St. Peter's Basilica?
Since the basilica is a place of worship, guests are expected to dress modestly. Knees and shoulders must be covered at all times, and low-cut tops/shirts are not permitted.

Explore the St. Peter's Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica in Rome is an Italian Renaissance Church and the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture in the world. It is also the largest church in the world and was designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Besides its obvious historical and artistic significance, it has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".

St Peter's Basilica Dome

Designed by Michelangelo, the dome was completed by Giacomo Della Porta, Michelangelo’s pupil. The dome, with an inner diameter of 42.56 metres measures 136.57 metres from the base to the top of the cross. There is a viewing platform at the base of the lantern from where you can enjoy an unparalleled panorama over Rome, which can be reached by stairs or elevator. This dome was used as a model for other domes in the western world, like Saint Paul’s in London (1675), Les Invalides in Paris (1680-1691) and the Capitol building in Washington (1794-1817).

St Peter’s Basilica Architecture

The basilica was completed around 349AD on the orders of Emperor Constantine, the first Christian Emperor of Rome, and was marked for renovation by Pope Nicholas V in the late fifteenth century. However, once he died, the restoration plans were halted, until almost a century later, Pope Julius II decided to build a completely new church and appointed architect Donato Bromante to structure the iconic high dome. The dome was further worked upon and modified heavily by architects and designers like Michelangelo Buonarroti, Giacomo della Porta and Carlo Maderno.

Grottoes

The grottos contain chapels dedicated to various saints and tombs of kings, queens and popes, dating from the 10th century, and are found sandwiched between the Renaissance Basilica and Constantine’s 4th century basilica. The holiest spot here is Peter’s tomb, containing the "memory", built in the 4th century on the spot were the Apostle’s tomb was venerated. The monuments to Paul VI (1978) and Pope John Paul II (2005) are also in the grottos. There is also a fresco by the 14th century Roman painter Pietro Cavallini called “Madonna della Bocciata”, because of Mary’s swollen face. According to an old legend, her face bled because a drunken soldier had thrown a bowl into the holy image after he lost a game of bowls.

Vatican Necropolis

The Vatican Necropolis, or scavi, is often confused for the grottoes, the latter of which resulted from the construction of St. Peter's Church and is located on the ground level of the old Constantinian basilica. It was originally a burial ground built on the southern slope of the Vatican Hill, adjacent to the Circus of Caligula. In accordance with the Roman law, it was forbidden to bury the dead within the city walls. For this reason, burial grounds sprang up along the roads outside of the city cemeteries. It is thought to be the site of Apostle Peter’s tomb.

St. Peter’s Tomb

Saint Peter's tomb is located under St. Peter's Basilica and includes several graves and structures built to enshrine the location of Saint Peter's grave. Quite a few Popes have been interred at St. Peter's since the Early Christian period as it is the burial site of St Peter and is hence one of the four highest-ranking churches or ‘Major Basilicas’ in the world. It is the only one to be located in Vatican City and is directly under the jurisdiction of the Holy See.

The Chair of St. Peter

The Throne of St. Peter, a wooden throne that was supposedly used by Apostle Saint Peter, the leader of the Early Christians in Rome and first Pope, is on display at St Peter’s Basilica. The relic itself is described as an oaken chair damaged by cuts and worms, while the back and front are trimmed with carved ivory. The wooden throne was a gift from Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Bald to Pope John VIII in 875. The spiritual significance of the chair is a symbol of the special mission of Peter and his Successors to tend Christ’s flock, keeping it united in faith and in charity.

Top Attractions in Vatican City and Rome

If you're looking to further explore top things to do in the cities of Rome and Vatican City, here's what you should not miss out on.

Vatican Museums

The reputation of the Vatican Museums in Rome precedes them. Arguably one of the most famous museums in the world, the Vatican Museums houses over 70,000 works of art, which includes paintings, sculptures, frescoes and more. Keep your eyes out for masterpieces by renowned artists like Caravaggio, Raphael, Michelangelo and more. Book Vatican Museums tickets individually or as part of combo tours.

Sistine Chapel

The crown jewel in the Vatican Museums is the historic Sistine Chapel. Its cultural significance is such that its ceiling and interior frescoes have been studied and admired for generations now, the most noteworthy one being The Last Judgement by Michelangelo. Book Sistine Chapel tickets separately or as part of a combo tour.

Roman Colosseum

Few structures have withstood the test of time like the magnificent Colosseum in Rome. Visited by millions of travelers each year, the Colosseum is seeped in historic stories of bloodshed, violence, and betrayal as gladiators, cheered on by frenzied crowds, battled each other till death. A must-visit, book Colosseum tickets separately or as part of a combo tour.

Borghese Gallery

Another popular gem in Rome's tapestry is the Borghese Gallery. Home to hundreds of carefully curated artwork by masters of their craft such as Bernini, Caravaggio, Dosso Dossi and more, Galleria Borghese in Rome, it is frequented by millions each year. The cherry on top? The Borghese Gardens, a peaceful landscape adorned with immaculately maintained flora and fauna. Book Borghese Gallery tickets.

Roman Catacombs

In order to deal with shortage of space and overflowing population, ancient Roman authorities came up with a unique solution to bury the dead: underground catacombs. On a Roman Catacombs tour, discover eerie yet elaborate arrangements and displays of the bones of millions of Romans. Watch out for unique artwork and frescoes of olden Christian art. Book Roman Catacombs tickets.

St. Peter's Basilica Tickets FAQs

What are the public safety measures at St. Peter's Basilica in 2021?
St. Peter's Basilica reopened in Feburary 2021 with various health and safety measures in place. Visitors can now book their tickets online. The use of face masks is mandatory for visitors, and they will undergo temperature checks at the entrance. Social distancing must also be strictly maintained, and hand sanitizers are also available at various points of the site.
Are St. Peter's Basilica tickets available online in 2021?
Yes. Guests can now book their St. Peter's Basilica tickets online now.
Do I need tickets to enter St.Peter’s Basilica?
You do not need tickets to enter St. Peter's Basilica since entry is free. However, you do need tickets to access the Dome.
Where is the St. Peter’s Basilica entrance?
To enter St. Peter’s Basilica, you would have to use its main entrance at St. Peter’s Square. Temporarily, the entrance through the Sistine Chapel has been closed to the public.
What are St. Peter's Basilica hours in 2021?
St. Peter's Basilica is open from 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM between 1 April to 30 September, and from 07:00 AM to 06:30 PM between 1 October to 31 March.
Is there a dress code to enter St. Peter's Basilica?
Yes, there is a strict code in place. Clothing above the knees, low cut tops and bare shoulders are not allowed. Hats and large bags are also not allowed inside and must be checked-in.
Do St. Peter's Basilica tickets include access to Vatican Museums?
It depends on the ticket you choose to book. You can opt for combo St. Peter's Basilica tickets that include entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
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