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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

A very interesting tour, good value for money.

Sticky start as our tour was reorganised to a different time. However once we joined with the next available, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Out guide was very knowledgeable and personable.

Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & Saint Peter's Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 02/16/2019

What a treat when the guide loves the things she was talking about

Georgia, our guide, was fascinating. She clearly loved Rome, Italy, the Vatican and all things she talked about. She explained the significance of the things she talked about, gave us the the background and the placement in time. Clearly, she had a background of an art historian. Mille Grazie, Georgia.

Amazing experience, don’t miss this opportunity

Our guide was fantastic, so informative. We walked at a pace where I didn’t feel rushed nor did we dawdle and felt bored.

Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Early Access Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 02/10/2019

Very useful and informative tour with great tour guide

I am delighted I booked a guided tour with Sabrina. I was visiting with my mother who has restricted mobility but Sabrina was extremely thoughtful and went at a manageable pace. Information was clear and interesting. I will recommend this tour to friends

Very fun, passionate, and informative guide.

Our guide told us passionately about the story of individual key pieces. As we went about the tour, he slowly connected each piece and made us understand their significance in history.

Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & Saint Peter's Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/26/2019

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