Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican City

Basilica di San Pietro is not only among the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture, but it is also one of the largest churches in the world. Built over a period of about 120 years, this imposing structure was designed by several prominent Renaissance architects, including Michelangelo and Bernini. Tradition and strong historical evince hold that the tomb of Saint Peter, one of Jesus’s twelve apostles, is located directly below the altar of the church. Because of its location in the Vatican, the Pope presides at a number of services held here throughout the year, frequently drawing audiences of up to 80,000 people. Take the elevator up to the roof and then climb the 323 steps to the top of the dome, which offers sweeping views of the surrounding area. A strict dress code forbids shorts, bare shoulders, or miniskirts inside the site. Arrange your visit to Basilica di San Pietro and discover more family-friendly attractions in Vatican City using our Vatican City road trip app .
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  • Beautiful. You have to arm yourself with patience. Many people but worth it. Imposing. Make the row to make the visit. Not the guide is worth and it is fast!
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  • We caught eyes in this place where everything is oversized. The small tip to take the group to the vatican Museum exit avoided us a long queue that we would not have had the patience to do.
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  • And the biggest church I have ever seen in my life. Full of wonderful frescos statues is worth a visit. Michelangelo's pietà is beautiful live view and I was touched
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