St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
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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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  • Family5GetAway
    St. John's, Canada295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just beautiful and well worth the wait.
    St. Peter's Basilica is simply breathtaking! There is something amazing to see everywhere that you look. Admittance to the Basilica is free (the dome climb does have a fee though). There were many vendors on the street trying to sell us tickets, so just bypass them. We came here on a Thursday after visiting the Vatican museums, arriving about noon. We joined the large line thinking we would be lined up for hours, but were surprised to find it was moving pretty quickly. We were in the Basilica within 45 minutes and it was not as crowded inside as we expected. The line to climb the dome was very lengthy at that time of day though so we decided not to do that in the end.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 13 May 2023
  • Bill C
    Vancouver, Canada4,282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Largest Church in the World
    I visited St. Peter’s Basilica with a tour after we visited the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Our tour group entered St. Peter’s Basilica at 10 am and we didn’t have to wait in line. The interior is quite impressive. The tomb of Pope John Paul II is on display.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 May 2023
  • David
    Devon, United Kingdom129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing !
    Suggest visiting early or late in the day as the queue to get through security can be well over an hour long. The exterior of the building is impressive, inside it is difficult to find the words. Staggering! I've seen a few cathedrals and mosques over the years but this is the best! Everywhere you turn there is something pretty amazing. Statues, paintings, and the ceilings! We did the walk up the several hundred steps to the cupola above the dome. Views of Rome were breathtaking. The café on the "roof" is only accessible on the way up which was a small disappointment as we had thought that a coffee on the roof of St Peter's would have been lovely after the views at the top. Religious or not, if you can, visit you should. We wandered around for sometime. Revisited and wandered again. And it's free to enter.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Stephanie S
    Roseland, New Jersey778 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful! Looks fake
    Stunning piece of history and such a gorgeous church. There’s so much to learn and observe here. We had a wonderful tour guide who taught us a lot. It was very crowded today Saturday June 3. But once you get past that it’s a beautiful sight to see. I’m not very religious but still can appreciate how much hard work was put into this church. It’s incredible it almost looks fake.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 June 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,382 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just WOW!!
    This is truly a masterpiece of architecture and art. Nearly every inch of this massive building on the inside is designed meticulously. Of course, there are the religious meanings everywhere you look. You can truly appreciate this place without taking into account that part of it, though. Just the mastery of so many elements of art is incredible. Here, too, I would not go in without a tour or an audio tour as there is just so much to see and understand. Even with a tour, you are only scratching the surface as it would take weeks to go through and really look closely at everything. Yes, that is solid gold on the ceiling. Literally tons of it. A truly unbelievable spectacle to see. Remember as you walk through and see so many amazing sites in the Rome, that the building materials you see in this grand place were taken (recycled?) from the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Castel Sant’Angelo and so many other places that are now lesser for it. Enjoy them here. Make sure to include in your experience here a trip up to the dome and the roof. We worth the extra time and effort.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 12 June 2023
  • julesng07
    Singapore, Singapore356 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place but no kind or nice customer service
    The Vatican City cathedral is certainly worth a visit. It's huge so be sure to plan a couple of hours here. It was unfortunate my travel agency ASA Holidays only gave us limited 20 mins and 15 mins were spent queuing the ladies toilet queue. The staff manning the toilet and strollers parking were not so nice though, no such thing as customer service in Italy, they were not nice or kind sadly. The place is nice, but if you wanna visit a place with good customer service or nice people, its non existent there.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Gabe006
    Sacramento, California73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dome get stuck in line!!
    St. Peter’s Basilica is the quintessential must do when in Rome. Depending when and how you do it can dictate your experience. I cannot recommend a skip the line tour with any of the various tour companies if not you’ll find yourself standing in a endless line just to get in, wasting hours in the hot sun. It is a very beautiful church and words cannot justify the awe inspiring architecture, art and historical significance to Rome. It is a massive church with lots to experience. Do get the dome climb to see amazing views of the city , but gotta be in shape it is a lot of steep and narrow steps, but the view is worth it!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Andres72423
    Bridgeport, Connecticut2,931 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Basilica.
    St. Peter’s Basilica is simply amazing. As you walk and see all of the different sides of the Basilica you are just amazed. The art work is beyond comprehension. As you walk through the Basilica you are just in awe. As your tour the Basilica, you have several places where you can take the time to meditate and say a prayer if you choose. According to the tour guide, this is the largest Basilica in the world. The tour guide let us know this is the place the Pope is installed and presented.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • George S
    Miami Beach, Florida1,107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A “must see” site
    One of the “must-see” sites to any visit of Rome. This is one of the most holiest sites of the Catholic faith and the Basilica is a masterpiece of architecture, art, history and symbolism. Pls note that there is a dress code for all visitors — no shorts or skirts above the knees and no bare shoulders or hats permitted. In any case, the Basilica was sublime — just to the right as you enter is Michelangelos’ Pieta , straight ahead is his majestic dome along with Bernini’s bronze altar canopy — other artworks abound. One can also climb the dome or visit the burial grottos inside.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • LouiseMay0208
    Deeside, United Kingdom386 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful must see if visiting Rome!
    We visited St Peter’s during our five day stay in Rome. We did make the mistake of visiting at midday and therefore stood in the queue for 1.5 hours in the blazing 34 degree heat which was uncomfortable at times! However, this is a free site, and if timed rightly, can be done much more easily. When we left, the queue had already drastically reduced and the temperature had cooled a little. I’d say about 3pm is a great time to visit. Inside is just breathtaking, and it truly is worth a visit just to admire the beauty of this attraction. Tip: for any religious sites in Rome, you are required to cover your shoulders/ thighs. I hadn’t been aware of this so when I arrived, they offered out free covers to cover knees/ shoulders for those who were exposed, so don’t be tempted to spend a lot of money panic buying scarfs from the street vendors!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
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Rainer Z
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
If you want to visit St. Peter’s Basilica go there on your own. The entry is free. Queue early in the morning when few people are around. Do NOT buy any ticket from getyourguide.de or equivalent international websites. They charge 29 € per ticket without any service other than a guide who does effectively nothing, You will queue in the same long line than anybody else. The ticket is a waste of money.
Written 12 April 2024
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Marina
Sorocaba, SP86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The Basilica is absolutely wonderful. The day we visited, a Wednesday, it was the day of the of the Papal Audience and, afterwards, a mass was celebrated in the Basilica for the pilgrims. Very beautiful and moving experience. Not to mention the opportunity to see Michelangelo’s Pietà!
Written 11 April 2024
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Sara J
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We went early, before 9am, there was a walking queue from half way around the stairs, took no more than 15 mins (the queue for the toilet was longer). We wanted to climb the dome, no need to book a skip the line tour (there were literally tours queuing in the same queue as us) unless you want learn. But you just follow the signs join the queue for the dome climb, we waited around 25 minutes and just picked the 8€ full stairs ticket. The lift queue would have been the same queue length again but honestly the first bit isn’t that strenuous in comparison to the bit after the lift. If you have any health difficulties or struggle with fitness I wouldn’t recommend… basically if you can’t do the first bit you definitely shouldn’t be doing the next bit! We are a family of 2 fit adults and 2 fit children age 10 and 8 and it was perfect for us. Again though for children much younger than 6 I wouldn’t recommend as the way down is very steep. We had a fab experience though.
Written 11 April 2024
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greek1957
Poughkeepsie, NY46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Do not miss St. Peter’s Basilica. We got there at seven in the morning. We were in by 7:45 when we got out of there about 9:30. The lines were between 3 to 4 hour wait definitely worth it. Beautiful amazing unbelievable
Written 28 March 2024
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Anne A
Hawick, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
After visiting the Vatican museums and Sistene Chapel we decided to visit St Peter's Basilica. It was a truly special experience. We joined the queue which moved very quickly and with so much to look at in awe was no task at all. Security was easy and in we went. The place is huge. Even with some maintenance work going on and scaffolding in place this did not detract from our experience. This is indeed a holy place.
Written 24 March 2024
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John A Carter
Lower Sackville, Canada3,756 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This place is simply amazing. Most people can comprehend the size of this place. It’s huge. If you’re planning on attending you can get in the church for for free. You do not need to take a guided tour but having said that you need to make sure you’re here before 730 if you want a chance of getting in in the near that time because there’s huge lines that form after that time. If you wanna go to the dome then you’re gonna have to pay. It cost is eight euros but just to give you a warning it’s around 550 of stairs. or you can take the elevator and then you only have to do 330 stairs. Just a warning of caution. It’s a very narrow staircase, where a person shoulders can hit both sides of the walls at the same time you’re a bit of an angle, so it’s very tight in some locations And you can’t pass. make sure you know your limits and put yourself into a dangerous situation. This place is definitely worth the time expect to spend half a day and like most places you gotta go to a metal detector to get in.
Written 21 March 2024
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Rosemary P
Wake Forest, NC4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I planned a tour with “VIATOR” and was quite excited about it. We got to our destination and met another couple who had also planned the tour. We both got there very early and never saw a guide. We asked around and nobody could help us.
We both requested a refund. The other couple received the refund and they received a full refund. I however did not. No matter how much I explained and mentioned the unfairness of them approving one refund and not on other.

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Date of experience: March 11, 2024
Written 16 March 2024
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RojaK
Johannesburg, South Africa13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Business
It is a spectacular display of art. I just felt it was too much art and too many people. I was pushed along and was totally claustrophobic. The highlight was that I have been there, off my bucket list!
Written 12 March 2024
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sarpor
283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The queue to get in was long, but it moved quickly and you have the beautiful view of the square whilst you wait. You have to go through security before you enter but this doesn’t take long. The architecture, sculptures and ambience is unreal. Very peaceful and awe inspiring at the same time. Was able to go down into the crypt too and see where the popes had been buried.
Written 7 March 2024
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Martin Štyks
Prague, Czech Republic4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A must visit place in Rome. Entrance is free but the queues can be very long. Best way to avoid it is to go early in the morning (8 am) - we waited only about 10 minutes (March). Do not take any guided tours if you are not interested in detailed descriptions of paintings and sculptures, you can easily wander around the basilica on your own and access the rooftop and the dome for just 8 euros (definitely worth it).
Written 6 March 2024
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St. Peter's Basilica admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost €20.92, while a popular guided tour starts around €5.53 per person.




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