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St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to St. Peter's Basilica and many more Vatican City attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Vatican City vacation trip planner.
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  • My wife and I have read about the famous long queue (1 to 3 hours) to enter the museum and Sistine chapel if we didn't prebook anything. Or even you have prebook a normal ticket the queue to exchange ...  more »
  • A very cool cathedral with lots to look at. Make sure you are dressed appropriately. That means shoulders and knees covered  more »
  • Visited with a local guide as part of a COSMOS TOUR. Admission followed on from the guided tour around the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Exceptionally, the Basilica has three parallel naves a...  more »
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  • Fantastic Basilica! This place was much larger than I thought it would be. Tall ceilings with marble everywhere. Make sure to walk through the crypts. The Popes are enterned below the Basilica. The stairs are difficult to find. Behind the left pillar, across from the sacristy is a corral that wearing around the pillar to a staircase along the side. This leads below. Do this last as the crypt exits the Basilica.
  • Just wow. Arrive early as the queues are huge. Dress appropriately or you will be stopped by security. Once your in everything you touch or look at is a master piece. The scale is off the chart it's a good few hours to see everything and a full day if you want to see the museum also. If yoir going to the top part of the dome I would suggest you do this first because walking around all day then to face a few hundred stairs isn't fun in that heat. Another must see when in Rome.
  • I enjoyed this part of the visit to the Vatican much more than the rest. The line moved reasonably quickly - bring an umbrella for shade on a hot day - and it wasn't too crowded inside. It is beautiful, full of history, and there is a strong spiritual presence (if you are into that sort of thing)
  • Nice place. Get very early there is the TOP tip. Around 10h is a crazy crowd. You can go till the top of the dome walking - no issue (with 40 years old was easy). Check in the pictures how hight you can go! Outside pictures let for the end, when you're free and the light is better.
  • One of the most spectacular churches in the world. The entry is free but there can be long queues (of two or three hours) so it's worth using one of the paid fast-track options. There is so much to see inside, I would suggest leaving between one and two hours to go through it all properly.