St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Churches & Cathedrals
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07:00 - 18:30
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07:00 - 18:30
Tuesday
07:00 - 18:30
Wednesday
07:00 - 18:30
Thursday
07:00 - 18:30
Friday
07:00 - 18:30
Saturday
07:00 - 18:30
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07:00 - 18:30
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Arguably one of the finest Cathedrals in the entire world, St. Peter's is the spiritual center of the Vatican and the product of many of Italy's great Renaissance's architects, among them Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo.
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Neighbourhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighbourhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighbourhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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Ann
13 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
A must see when you're in Rome,from floor to ceiling marvelous architectural designs . Its open everyday but there's a long queue .
Written 1 February 2023
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA288 contributions
Aug 2022
Absolutely spectacular. Gorgeous views of the Vatican from the top, as well as the intricate art of the duomo.
Written 28 January 2023
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AndreaMarzullo
Sintra, Portugal112 contributions
Jan 2023
If you only have time to do 1 thing while in Rome/Vatican, this is it.
The best thing is FREE! And a must visit.
We went around 2:30pm, the queue was less than 10-minute long. Even if you have to wait for hours, it's still worth.
It's gigantic, it's more than fantastic. I personally felt emotional while there. There are no words to describe the magnitude of this place. You can take pictures, there are masses happening, my husband even got blessed.
Near the gift shop there is a small museum where you pay 5 euros to see the treasures of the Vatican, also worth.
There is also a crypt where some popes are buried. No photos allowed but is worth to know their history.
Written 23 January 2023
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Nicci N
Johannesburg, South Africa47 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Visited on 31 December 2022. What a beautiful experience and a dream come true to be able to visit his beautiful Basilica.
I had the opportunity to have some Rosaries blessed and to view this magnificent place on the day that Pope Benedict passed away ( we were inside the Basilica at the time)
A definite must do if you ever visit Rome and easily accessible via train
Written 21 January 2023
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Steve Buckley
London, UK5,827 contributions
Jan 2023
My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Rome staying at the Romanico Palace Hotel (Review to follow) and after having visited the Jewish Quarter we walked along the Tiber to see St Peter’s Basilica.

It is not only impressive but it is the one attraction that all visitors to Rome should find the to see - they certainly won’t be disappointed!!
Written 20 January 2023
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada811 contributions
Dec 2022
Unlike Mecca where non-Muslims are not allowed, in Vatican, all religions including the faithless are welcome to enter Christianity's most sacred sanctuary.

It is free to enter the basilica and the architecture is insanely detailed and beautiful. Washrooms are beside the basilica. It also offers a great view of the square and it also hosts La Pieta. Truly the icon of the world's smallest country!
Written 15 January 2023
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Alkisti M
5 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
It was my third time visiting this masterpiece and still got absolutely impressed by this breathtaking place, that encompasses the glory, the spirituality, the magnificence of human’s achievements and the power of the Catholic Church. Overcrowded, yet stunning. Must visit!
Written 11 January 2023
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Pardubitzer
Pardubice, Czech Republic52 contributions
Nov 2022
Beautiful masterpiece of architecture, with an indescribable spirit. Waiting in line for ten minutes (in november) will give you the experience of a lifetime. Stunning interior will leave you speechless. Don´t forget to climb for a view. The stairs are quite long and it´s not very easy to climb it (it´s also some cramped space) but the reward is priceless. You can enjoy a view on Rome and Vatican City at it´s best.
Written 9 January 2023
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Leanne J
Ipswich, Australia49 contributions
May 2022
We travelled to Rome as part of our Insight 8-day Italy tour, and a small group St Peter's Basilica and Vatican City tour was part of the experience. It was the third time we have been there and you never tire admiring the ornate interior of this basilica. We purchased rosarie beads (we're non-Catholic) from the Vatican City post office/store and took the option to have them blessed by the Vatican. These were then delivered to our hotel. The line-up was quite long, but the staff efficiently got all visitors through at a reasonable pace. We are taking friends again in July 2023.
Written 8 January 2023
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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Australia16,923 contributions
Oct 2022
This was my second visit but my wife's first.

As a Catholic it was wonderful to be able to visit.

The queue on a weekday morning took about 45 minutes to clear. It was a far more pleasant experience than standing in an Eiffel Tower, Paris queue for three hours.

The Basilica is superb, but remember, it's a House of God and so silence is best when inside.

It's so large that even though there may be 1,000 inspecting, it did not feel crowded. Certainly different to the Church of England's Westminster Abbey in London.

La Pieta is for many a highlight, and sad, but I found some of the statues of most interest.

It was easy to catch the lift up to the observatory, but I didn't climb the stairs all the way to the dome.

Great photos were taken outside, and again, this wasn't crowded.

We returned a second day only to go into the Basilica (free): this was an afternoon visit: only a very small queue.

A must-see in Rome, and paying the Euro10 for the lift was worth it.

Strangely the gift shop was closed.
Written 1 January 2023
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  • Sun - Sat 07:00 - 18:30
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