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Skip-the-Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Tour

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Get more time to immerse yourself in the Vatican's awe-inspiring art with no-wait access to the museums and basilicas. Your expert guide will bring…

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The Majestic Architecture of St. Peter's Basilica

The world-famous St. Peter's Basilica took 120 years to complete and involved some of the most talented architects of its time. It's arguably the greatest achievement of late-Renaissance architecture – here are five highlights amongst its countless marvels.

St. Peter's Square

St. Peter's Square

The magnificent entrance to the Basilica consists of a gigantic square, featuring a 25-meter obelisk at the center, encircled by colossal Tuscan colonnades four columns deep.

The Facade

The Facade

The Basilica's facade, designed by Baroque architect Maderno, is 114 meters wide and 45 meters tall. Built entirely from travertine stone, it's quite simply breathtaking.

The Nave

The Nave

The opulent interiors, including Maderno's lavishly-decorated nave, are so immense that it can be hard to judge the building's proportions.

The Dome

The Dome

At 136 meters, Michelangelo's famous dome is the tallest dome in the world. It stands proud in Rome's skyline and offers a staggering panorama of the city.

Vatican Grottoes

Vatican Grottoes

Below the Basilica, there's a large network of tunnels housing the Vatican Grottoes. Many popes are buried here, including John Paul II and the first ever pope, St. Peter himself.

Our insider tips

Mind the Dress Code

As a Catholic building, appropriate clothing is required to enter St. Peter's Basilica. Regardless of the high temperatures in Rome during the summer, shorts, bare shoulders and miniskirts are not allowed – the dress code is strictly enforced.

Arrive Early to Avoid the Lines

The queues to enter St. Peter's Basilica can get extremely long. It's therefore a good idea to arrive early, especially at the height of summer when temperatures can be sweltering. From April to September, the basilica's opening hours are from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM, while from October to March, the basilica is open from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Note that most mornings, the queues are already snaking around the square by 11:00 AM.

See the Pope

Every Wednesday, the Pope holds a public audience on St. Peter’s Square, and in the Audience Hall during winter. The audience starts at 10:30 AM, but most visitors arrive earlier to score a good seat. Security opens between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    7:00 AM - 6:30 PM daily.
  • Is it expensive?
    Ticket prices vary depending on group size.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Recommended!
  • How to get there
    Buses 64, 60, and 40 will get you to the Vatican City. Alternatively, take the red metro line to Cipro station.
  • Additional information

    • Bring a covering for your shoulders, and do not wear shorts or short skirts.

    • Use sunscreen and bring water for when you are waiting in line outside.

What people are saying about St. Peter's Basilica

If you only visit 1 attraction visit the VATICAN

A fantastic experience, book skip the line tickets - queues are unreal even in March. Need to be nimble to keep up with your guide as they have to stick to a timetable. Our guide Maximo was fantastic he had a wealth of knowledge on the Vatican/Sistine Chapel/St Peter's and made our visit a joy.

Wonderful sight not to be missed our guide Tiffany was also great she

was very informative and kind to her group myself with walking difficalties giuded me to seat when available also disable lift ,and made me feel part of the group also with others to look into the shop but still be part of group, and before joining our guide .there was lots of poeple but tourist guides to show the meeting point. thankyou for a wonderful day pauline maton march 14th 2019

A must if you like to avoid the later crowds

We enjoyed a warm welcome by the team including a light breakfast. A quick walk to the entrance and then after some briefing we enjoyed a direct access to the Sistine Chapel. Our guide Carlotta was fabulous, very kind and well informed. And always something to tell besides the informative details of all the great things we were able to see. Having the back door access into St Peters is recommendable as well, as you avoid another crowd waiting for access. Well spent money. Tante grazie a te, Carlotta :)

Luigi was amazingly knowledgeable and a great sense of humor

I would highly recommend using this company for a tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide Luigi. He is wonderful. Go now to book your tour.

Inspiring, awesome visit to the Vatican City

Our guide was clearly enthusiastic about his work and environment, making the tour more enjoyable and giving new insight to the meaning behind the displays in the Vatican and its museums.

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