St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

St. Peter's Basilica 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 St. Peter's Basilica and discover more family-friendly attractions in Vatican City using our Vatican City road trip app .
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  • The basilica so crowded that I sometimes lost the reverence for the place. So many people just walking around and taking photos & selfies. Their were numerous tour groups but fortunately all of them w...  more »
  • You will be dazzled by the dimensions - it is huge - and it is beautiful. Make sure to have enough time to get in - it can take up to an hour to get through security check.  more »
  • Free tour. Audio guide alone are paying. We read the summaries on the guide du routard. Has not missed
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  • Basilica: Cool site to visit with free entrance! It's huge and very elaborate. There can be a bit of a line to get in purely for the security check but it's not that bad. Dome: Great site but even with the elevator ride, there are still quite a few steps to get to the top in tight spaces. Not for those who struggle with stairs or are claustrophobic. It's also one way, so once you start, you can't really go back. It's also super cramped at the top so you're tight with a lot of people for quite a while. The views are quite nice of the square.
  • Absolutely amazing. Hard to find words to describe so I wouldn't try. If you are adventurous go up to the top of the dome. 10€ takes you there with elevator ride. It saves you climbing 300+ stairs. (8€ pure climbing, no elevator) What they forget to mention is that you'd still have to climb 350 stairs after the elevator ride. It could be considered strenuous as it's pretty narrow and curvy. All in all it's more than worth it mainly because of the view (on a rainy day you're out of luck) but the dome itself from inside is pretty interesting, too. Good luck.
  • I visited Vatican city with a large group of friends. Although none of us were there for religious reasons, we still liked seeing the epic structures with it's rich decoration. We travelled up the staircase to the cupola (551 steps!) to view the fantastic sight from the top of the cupola. Do note that you may not bring any food or potentially harmful objects, and you will be searched before entering Vatican City.
  • Unique place! Especially when you see the Pope. Sunday at 12.00pm. everyone can see the Pope. At. Peter's Basilica is free to visit, there is always a massive queue but is amazing experience! And also you can go to the top of the Basilica (the dome) it cost €8 by foot or €10 by the lift! Incredible view from the Dome! Enjoy the St. Peter's Basilica! Enjoy in Rome.
  • This basilica is iconic of Rome and the Catholic Church, even though the actual official seat of the Bishop of Rome (and hence the mother church of Christendom) is the Basilica of St John Lateran. St Peter's is an architectural wonder, with magnificent side altars and multiple Masses every day. The chapels in the crypt each have their own lovely character and the catacombs are amazing. An unforgettable activity is to climb up inside and on top of the dome, where you can admire the frescoed ceiling closely and visit the souvenir shop run by religious sisters on the rooftop.
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