We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Basilica di San Pietro | Piazza di San Pietro, Vatican City, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 06 6988 1840
Website
Book In Advance
More Info
$20.15*
and up
No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica with Audio Guide
More Info
$70.80*
and up
Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including Vatican Mosaic Studio
More Info
$64.26*
and up
Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 642 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 139
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Size DOES matter!

Not much to say other than "WOW!" Everything in St. Peter's Basilica is great and very overwhelming. I recommend a guided tour for your first visit then MAYBE try it alone. You... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
DrKen1963
,
Savannah, Georgia
Add Photo Write a Review

642 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 171: English reviews
Savannah, Georgia
Level Contributor
44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not much to say other than "WOW!" Everything in St. Peter's Basilica is great and very overwhelming. I recommend a guided tour for your first visit then MAYBE try it alone. You will not be disappointed.

Helpful?
Thank DrKen1963
Smithville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
245 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This altar is huge! It is beautiful and a Bernini! This is such a beautiful cathedral it boggles the mind!

Helpful?
Thank Lindy031
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
203 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The centrepiece of the Basilica lying beneath the massive dome is the altar. It is truly a marvellous piece of art. The altar itself was designed and created by Bernini. The altar is kept barriered away from tourists so you can't get very close which is rather understandable.

Helpful?
1 Thank Nicholas P
Moscow
Level Contributor
202 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous altar of the fabulous basilica. Bernini in sculpture and design is a clear successor to Michelangelo. It is not accessible - barriers keep tourists at large, which is easily understandable/ Vatican wants to protect its most unique artwork.

Helpful?
Thank Bryuzga
Coquitlam, Canada
Level Contributor
255 reviews
208 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A masterpiece design by Bernini. The structure is massive and there is no way you can get up close to see the details. Extraordinary, stunning bronze canopy that soars close to the ceiling ot the dome . Overall view is best from afar to appreciate the vastness of the basilica and to admire how this piece of artwork completes the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Della G
Oceanside, California
Level Contributor
208 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's one thing to see it in person - it was quite another thing to watch Pope Francis preside over Christmas Vigil mass at this location. Phenomenal.

Helpful?
Thank Mark P
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
203 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

We were disappointed that we were not allowed to get very close. Other people who had been here before commented that there seemed to be more barriers keeping the crowds away than there usually are. The canopy is a stunning achievement of course, but I wish Bernini had left the bronze on the Pantheon.

Helpful?
Thank Mary H
Malia, Greece
Level Contributor
79 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

Beautiful from outside and more beautiful from inside.A great view and a great feeling when you are inside.I would really like to go again.

Helpful?
Thank 872MILAN
Newton Stewart, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

Amazing piece of artwork in the centre of the Basillica. Unfortunately when I went you couldn't get too close as it was a Sunday and they were setting up for mass but what a piece to behold. The sheer size and detail in the sculpture in unbelievable. Has to be seen to be believed.

Helpful?
Thank Gdawg619
Rome, Italy
Level Contributor
10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Bronze from the Pantheon mixed with Bernini's skills as a sculptor leave us in awe of this towering canopy above the Papal altar

Helpful?
Thank GoldenHornToursRome

Travelers who viewed Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini also viewed

 
Vatican City, Lazio
 

Been to Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?