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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St. Peter's Basilica reviews
Two special parts that are must sees. The papal crypts downstairs and climbing up 550 stairs to look out over Rome. Wow more »
The cathedral is mind blowing and stunning inside. Very big and so much to see including the Papal crypt. The visit to the dome and the Cupola are a must but the stairs are a killer. Well worth the... more »
You need to book tickets for 2 pm to 4 pm to go fast track, prebook tour with a guide to save time. go with the flow let the feeling sink in you that you are in house of god. beautiful statues... more »
Incredible architecture. Such an amazing place to visit. Definitely worth checking out whilst visiting the city of Rome, Italy. A great place to take pictures of this hidden gem. Don’t forget to go inside the Basilica for more stunning views of the art inside. Not to busy in the morning or late afternoon.
A visit to Rome will not be complete without a visit to Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica is the most important place to visit in Vatican. It is the largest church in the world. There is a stunning view of Rome and St. Peter’s Square from the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. The two semi circular colonnades by Bernini with the Egyptian Obelisk in the middle look impressive from the dome. But there is no elevator to this part of the structure.
Absolutely worth to queue. It took us less than an hour to enter without booking in advance. The ceilings are painted fabulously and I needed time to stop and plonk around. So many sculptures and angels in the Basilica. St.Peters tomb and Saint John Paul II tomb were my priority to pray by. You are allowed to take photos but behind the barrier only. The crypts with the past Popes are underground and free of charge. The only fee you pay to walk up the cupola (top of the Basilica) €8 lift is €10. Mind that the very few last steps to the top are very narrow. It’s 608 steps in total.
Holy Holy Holy The whole earth is full of his glory. I was blessed to be able to stay near the Vatican and St Peters Square for three weeks of prayer, reflection and masses Dec 8 to the Epiphany. Papa Francesco is wonderful and inviting. What the church was always meant to be. I would love to move here permanently and I am an Italian citizen.
Just as the title suggests...Be sure to arrive early. We went twice on an anniversary trip to Rome. We would get there around 9am in February and had a very short line. Once inside it will take your breath away. Be sure to climb the dome for an unforgettable experience and panoramic views of Rome and the Vatican City. A visit to the Vatican treasury gift shop inside the basilica is well worth some souvenirs for loved ones back home.
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