St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City: Hours, Address, St. Peter's Basilica Reviews: 5/5

St. Peter's Basilica
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Churches & Cathedrals
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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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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Chung1234
Singapore305 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
I am writing this review while inside the Basilica. Awesome place. The architecture is amazing. I could not get in yesterday because of the tremendous long Q which will take 2 hours.
Came here early in the morning to beat the crowd and it’s worth waking up early for this. Only 15 mins Q for security check.
Written 2 July 2022
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Konnie
London, UK13 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
I had a ticket I bought online for tour. Security told me that it is not good to enter and turned me back.
Written 1 July 2022
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Meme46
2 contributions
Jun 2022
It took my breath away when I walked in here, stunning place, so much to see, so much history here. You have to actually go and see it to appreciate just how stunning this place is.
Written 1 July 2022
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ruthjoec
Kenner, LA21 contributions
Jun 2022
Absolutely wonderful. Every time we turned around there was something else to see. The place was huge so it didn't feel crowded like the Vatican Museums/Sistine Chapel. You can stay as long as you want and wander at will and take photos. If you are at all into church art, this is a don't miss; on the other hand, if you don't like churches, well, it is one.
Written 1 July 2022
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Tobiasxjones
12 contributions
Jun 2022
Obviously not a judgment on St. Peter's itself, which is magnificent! Sadly, Tripadvisor does not allow you to rate the websites which offer tours. My girlfriend booked tickets in a 'Skip-the-line' page from Headout.com. This turned out to be simply a lie. The line is not skippable, but the company sells you tickets at a high price, and when you receive them it simply tells you on the ticket to be at St. Peters half an hour before the tour is supposed to start. We arrived, saw a tremendous line, and tried to figure out where our group was. After calling both of the provided numbers several times, we got hold of the tour guide, who has no affiliation with the website itself, and simply said, you should have got in line. There is no accountability from the website, and the tour guide blamed them. Do not use this service! They are a tourist trap and are simply trying to take your money
Written 1 July 2022
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Tiidgey
Ashford, UK1,260 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
What a spectacular basilica! Did this at the end of our tour without the tour guide but it was still brilliant to see. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing as otherwise you won’t be allowed in!
Written 28 June 2022
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elympos
Larissa, Greece297 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
Got a guided tour where the dome was included.
If you are claustrophobic or it would be hard to do all that stepping till the top of the dome, you can skip that part. There are many places in Rome with similar view and they are free.

So just get into the main church. The feeling is great and it is for sure a top place to visit in Rome. Don't miss the Michaelangelo's pieta behind the first curtain on the left!!!

And keep in mind that it is a holly place,
Written 28 June 2022
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cookington
Plymouth, UK209 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We really wanted to climb the dome but had heard a few horror stories about the queues! There was a heat wave during our visit to Rome so we didn’t want to risk queuing in the sun. We arrived when it opened at 8.15 and we made it through the queue and security in less than 10 minutes, and headed straight for the Dome. We opted to climb the whole thing rather than taking the elevator half way - it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted! Even at that time of the morning, the heat inside was significant.

Entirely worth it though - getting a close-up view of the Dome from the inside was breathtaking and the views outside are stunning.

Cost was €8 euro, I think €10 if you opted for the elevator. Cards accepted. No cost to enter St Peter’s. Dress code is strict though - we saw many turned away who weren’t dressed appropriately, so make sure you double check and pack shawls/scarfs etc to cover shoulders/legs. Unlike other places we visited they weren’t offering ‘modesty’ robes so if you weren’t dressed appropriately they just turned you away entirely.

After climbing down and exploring inside St Peter’s it was around 9.15am and the queue to enter was 2.5 hours long! So I HIGHLY recommend going early if you can.
Written 26 June 2022
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Sam
Nuremberg, Germany11,326 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
Arguably the most amazing religious building I’ve ever been to. So much history, art, culture, religión in it. Worth spending hours
Written 25 June 2022
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Viola H
1 contribution
Jun 2022
Do not believe anyone (online or at site) who claims that you can skip the queue for St.Pieter!

There is absolutely no skipping of the queue in any case. IT'S A SCAM!
Don't believe that e.g. the booking of an official guide tour let you skip the hour-long queue. At the meeting point communicated for official guides from VOX MUNDI, a policeman will inform you that you have to que to get through security. This will take you hours, hence you'll miss your tour and lose your monney. IT'S A SCAM!
Written 23 June 2022
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