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Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican City

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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Basilica di San Pietro and many more Vatican City attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Vatican City vacation trip planner.
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  • Never, but never take the TOUR of the Vatican. They are swindlers! Charge 40 euro per person to enter the Sistine Chapel (give you entry, which in door is less than 20 euro) but his biggest lie is of "NO TENES that make row" which, there has never been! The guide was sympathetic but only gave us 1 hour with many interruptions and you didn't get by all the museums, and us long in the Sistine Chapel. I have appreciation Guide because it is not his fault. But the expensive coming out the entry, they should provide another service. If you have to choose, for me, do a bit of tail and hire the audioguide. That will allow you to go at your pace, taking pictures that like, they urge them and spend the money that not given in the tour in a rich pizza to the exit!
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  • Sadly we did not get in. I really hope for people to read this before visiting as I did and both my boyfriend and I got turned away, along with another couple who were in fact, Catholic! Make sure you...  more »
  • The only place in Rome where I have left my heart and wish to go back to this extremely beautiful and serene place. We visited the Basilica during the day and then just couldn't get over with the char...  more »

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