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St. Peter's Basilica

(Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano)
Church and Historic Site
Vatican City, Vatican
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  • Bugra C.
    "Every sunday noon pope comes out the balcony"(12 Tips)
    Color Trip
    "Climb the stairs of Cupola and enjoy the sight of Rome."(21 Tips)
    Lieke
    "great place to visit after Vatican museum"(6 Tips)
    Dena
    "Incredibly beautiful, largest Catholic church in the world."(6 Tips)
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  • Adlyna T.
    Adlyna TahaApril 25, 2015
    A must visit to their dome & climb at the top to see the panaromic view of city of Rome! 🇮🇹 You may get claustrophobia & tired climbing the narrow stairs but it is totally worth it! #RomeHighlights
  • Martijn B.
    Make sure not to miss the walk up the dome. Its an experience and a great view. Make sure to go early in the morning as the vatican gets crazy crowded after 11.00
  • Steve T.
    Steve TancockFebruary 25, 2015
    Go to the visitor information on the left of the piazza at 2.15pm Monday to Friday and join the free tour run by students of the Pontifical North American College. Very very very good.
  • Dena
    DenaSeptember 22, 2012
    Incredibly beautiful, largest Catholic church in the world. As with the museum, get skip the line tickets if you can. Be sure to touch the cross on the holy door & rub St. Peter's feet for a blessing
  • Anne v.
    Anne vdBApril 28, 2014
    The decoration of Saint Peter's was completed by the installation of the Cathedra Petri in 1666; Alexander VII Chigi stated a powerful symbol of supremacy, viewed through the frame of the Baldacchino.
  • Laurenz L.
    A must-see! Very crowded as usual so get there early and make sure to go up to the dome for 7 euro (alot of stairs and narrow hallways bit totally worth it for an amazing view)
  • Lewis T.
    Lewis TAugust 30, 2015
    Opens at 7am. Aim to get there before 9am to avoid the queue. Nice and peaceful. Otherwise the tour groups and cruise ship tours start arriving ~9am.
  • Anne v.
    Anne vdBMay 6, 2014
    On the right side of the apse is the tomb of Urbanus VIII Barberini, made by his friend Bernini 1627-44. In the act of benediction, the mantle demonstrates his authority. Charity & Justice mourn him.
  • Rachael K.
    Rachael KerrAugust 25, 2013
    What a climb! Not for claustrophobics or the faint hearted. However, the view is out of this world and you burn off the calories of the gelato you reward yourself with when you get down
  • Alèxia S.
    IMO, along with the Coliseum this is the most beautiful place in the city, specially in a sunny day. Don't miss to go up the dome 🔝❤️
  • Irina
    IrinaAugust 14, 2014
    Of course, 'majestic' doesn't begin to cover it. This place was built with getting a ticket to Heaven in mind. Lines to get inside are long, but move fast. Either be patient, or start acting Italian.
  • Eleanor G.
    Eleanor GarthSeptember 12, 2014
    It is free to go in - but find a hawker outside the gates and get inside within 15 mins as well as getting an audio guide for 15 euro. It's legit! Beats a queue of 2+ hours in the hot sun...
  • Bea H.
    Bea HMarch 29, 2015
    It's worth waiting for the entrance. At least in March, when we had to wait for 45min on a Thursday afternoon. Reading on Wikipedia about the architecture and context helps. :)
  • Madison
    MadisonAugust 29, 2015
    Absolutely stunning - the line moved quite quickly, so don't be turned off. Don't forget to cover up your shoulders & knees or you will be turned away at the door, which would be a shame!
  • Color Trip
    Color TripMarch 20, 2012
    The heart of Christianity is huge and really impressive. Climb the stairs of Cupola and enjoy the sight of Rome. Every Sunday at noon you can see the Pope standing at the window for the blessing.
  • Lynea D.
    Lynea DavenportNovember 17, 2013
    Breathtaking! The architecture is amazing. Ladies, bring a jacket to cover your shoulders, its policy. Take your time to walk around and LOOK UP. the extremely high ceiling is covered with artwork.
  • CF
    CFMay 12
    Check out the confession room, used to see them only on tv, now can see live. Come at night for the beautiful view as well.
  • Rafal W.
    Rafal WieczorekMay 29, 2012
    St Peter’s Basilica, Awe-inspiringly huge, rich and spectacular, it’s a monument to centuries of artistic genius. On a busy day, around 20k visitors pass through here. Remember to dress appropriately
  • Amit G.
    Amit GaharwarOctober 5, 2015
    Huge huge church. Do see 'Pieta' (Mary holding Christ after crucification), one of the marvels created by Michelangelo. It is the first statue on the right after the entrance.
  • John G.
    John GibbonsSeptember 12, 2013
    €5 to climb 551 steps to the top. €7 includes an elevator ride for the first half, leaving you with 320 steep and tight steps to climb.
  • Bruce G.
    Bruce GilmourAugust 26, 2013
    Pay extra to take the lift to roof level! It saves 220 stairs leaving you with a mere 320 to the top. The stairs get very awkward higher up but the views are so worth it!
  • Biker&Boho T.
    Biker&Boho TucsonJanuary 8, 2015
    if you are not wearing the appropriate clothing, you will be seen in paper clothing in all your pictures. men and women. also. you can make confession in any language. climb the duomo.
  • Khoi N.
    Khoi NguyenNovember 19, 2014
    A must see. Ornate, decorative, embellished. Under the alter is the resting place of St. Peter. A glimpse inside and you understand why this is one of the holiest places in the world.
  • Kristina G.
    Climbing the steps is well worth it. Even if you're claustrophobic, athiest, and asthmatic. Do it. Chance of a lifetime.
  • Gato M.
    Gato MongeJuly 18, 2013
    VATICAN CITY - World Heritage UNESCO The Vatican City, one of the most sacred places in Christendom, attests to a great history and a formidable spiritual venture. Read more
  • Derek E.
    Derek EidAugust 23, 2014
    Was filled with awe touring this amazing basilica and as I always describe it, it's the living center of Earth and I'm not that religious but couldn't help feeling the great power of God and man in it
  • Bruce G.
    Bruce GilmourAugust 26, 2013
    Even if, like me, you're not religious, this is a fascinating place to visit. Not that the Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums (entrance other side of Vatican City).
  • Emily B.
    Gorgeous! If you want to see everything up lose go and stay for mass, but if you stay you can't leave until the end.. Incredible experience
  • 5 B.
    5 BeoOctober 28, 2012
    Have to pay 8e to reach here.Great view.Nice place and U must see one of the very best sculpture of Michenangelo:Pieta
  • Quentin L.
    Quentin LafonSeptember 21, 2015
    If you have to visit only one church in Rome, visit this one ! Do not miss to climb to the dome for a panoramic view of Rome !
  • Anne v.
    Anne vdBMay 1, 2014
    Paulus V Borghese had Maderno finish the basilica in 1614 by the nave containing 3 chapels each side & the façade, continuing the exterior by Michelangelo. The inscription proudly announces its author
  • Mark P.
    Mark PritchardJuly 10, 2013
    An architect’s fantasy. Marble, gold, mosaics, timber all combined to make a stunningly beautiful and massive Basilica. A must see when in Rome.
  • Mashael A.
    I crossed 320 steps to reach the top and watch the scenery ,the view was amazing! You can see the whole city from the top😍!
  • Jelle V.
    Jelle Van den EedeFebruary 5, 2015
    This church is very impressive. Never seen any church this big! Free entrance. Have to stand in a 30min queue (average waiting time) though for luggage check. Worth it.
  • Stefania M.
    Stefania ManiAugust 7, 2015
    A must see. Don't get fooled by the people selling tickets to skip the queue it's not worth it cause the line goes fast and the Basilica entry is free!
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HardiDecember 16, 2014
    A couple of souvenirs shops around the Vatican City but my favourite one is the one located on the roof of the St Peter's Basilica run by the Philippines nuns.
  • Anna F.
    Anna FerugaOctober 15, 2015
    Very magnificent and beautiful place. You should definitely visit it while in Vatican/Rome.
  • Alastair H.
    Alastair HiltonOctober 13, 2014
    Incredibly ornate and imposing building and square. Go for the view from the top. But take the lift!
  • Marcio C.
    Marcio CacaoOctober 9, 2011
    Honestly dun care about the religious background, but it is such a work of art... La Pietà at the entrance is great. Visit the catacombs downstairs!
  • Nino E.
    Nino EranSeptember 23, 2014
    Everything here is marvelous! One of the best places to visit in the Vatican. Observe the silence areas and the solemnity of the whole place.
  • Emma C.
    Emma ChevisOctober 3, 2011
    There's breath taking, and then there's the Basilica! To beat the crowds head out early...we went at 7.30am on a Saturday and were almost the only public guests there!
  • European Parliament
    European ParliamentMarch 19, 2013
    President Martin Schulz attended the inaugural mass of Pope Francis, extending an open invitation to the new head of the Catholic Church to come to Strasbourg and address the European Parliament. Read more
  • Loys Lorenn L.
    Loys Lorenn LimaFebruary 2, 2013
    Basilica beautiful and very big! Full details and drawings everywhere, attending Mass is mazing and unique!
  • Anne v.
    Anne vdBMay 6, 2014
    In the south transept is the tomb of Alexander VII Chigi, made by Bernini. Commissioned by the pope himself, but completed in 1678, 11 yrs after his death. Alessandro is humbly praying without tiara.
  • Sony Mobile WTA
    Sony Mobile WTAMay 11, 2011
    Rome has lots of churches but this one is especially worth a visit. Climb up the stairs to get an unforgettable view of Rome early in the morning.
  • Matt
    MattDecember 24, 2013
    Get there early when there are no lines and inside is much more peaceful and awe inspiring. Don't be lazy. It opens at 7am so go then.
  • Benjamin 🚀
    Benjamin 🚀September 14, 2015
    Huge!!! Take your time and enjoy every nook and cranny. It's well worth whatever wait you may have to endure. 😄🇮🇹
  • Vidhi B.
    Vidhi BagdiaOctober 13, 2015
    Do not get scared by the long long queues to the church, they move real fast. The steps to cupola are very suffocating and uncomfortable so think twice before going up. Definitely take the lift.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HoldsworthAugust 10, 2015
    Beautiful. Stunning architecture. Just don't think of the money being kept in here and not making it to the rest of the Catholic church around the world...
  • Boris D.
    Boris DelevApril 25, 2015
    So... i recommend to spend a 20 euro ticket to visit it and skip all queue (ask in information). Guide was great.
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