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St. Peter's Basilica

Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
+39 06 6988 3731
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Arguably one of the finest Cathedrals in the entire world, St. Peter's is the spiritual center of the Vatican and the product of many of Italy's great Renaissance's architects, among them Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
+39 06 6988 3731
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What can a humble man say of such a unique, grand and splendid place? The building itself with all its inner glory is story of man, of a culmination of a religion, and of faith. Does not matter what kind if religion you bealive in...More

Thank Einar Andreas S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went and were lucky because it wasn't so packed. The stair case climb to the top if the Bascilica is no joke. It has a spiral stair case with tilted walls so we got a little dizzy .

Thank Fred R
Reviewed yesterday

This is worth seeing if you're already in the City. Wonderful artwork, great history, great statues and something many people would enjoy seeing at least once.

Thank Rob S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful place. We went on a Sunday morning to get popes Angeles. Didn't have to go as early as stated. Getting there at 11.15 to 11.30 was perfect and this was middle of June. Sistine chapel beautiful too

Thank Enda J
Reviewed yesterday

Please don't go summer time. The queues are absolutely insane so I'll need to visit winter time but from outside it was amazing

Thank JennaGlobeTrotter
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The basilica is beautiful. we went in as part of a tour and got a lot of useful information. it was fairly crowded though.

Thank Sara G
Reviewed yesterday

I heard about St. Peter's Basilica being a very famous place. Watched the movies etc but I never really thought it was iconic. Maybe it was just me. I was about to finish my visit (I came from the wheelchair route) until I went: let's...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A massive basilica well worth visiting as its free. (Or climb to the top of the dome for about €6 if your feeling fit up 550 stairs, but breathtaking from the top so I would urge you to do it). A must see for anyone...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 2 days ago

You really have to be inside to understand the size and scale of St. Peter's. It's so massive - so massive - that it's hard to comprehend. It's very, very impressive, although there are cathedrals around the world that I find more impressive. (La Sagrada...More

Thank Greg B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wow !what a fabulous experience,so much to see ,best tip ..... Wear respectable clothes and definitely comfy shoes

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I am looking at doing the guided tour offered by the Vatican on their website. they have two, one with St Peter basilica included in the tour and one with just the museum and Sistine chapel. there's only a €5 difference but has anyone done the Vatican's guided tour with all three? if so, 2 specific questions: Does the guided tour take you all the way to the top, and did you feel you had ample time to enjoy the view and rest a bit? if anyone has a recommendation for an outside tour group that was worth the extra $$ I am also all ears. many thanks!!
June 26, 2017|
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Response from Tia P | Reviewed this property |
...forgot to mention, don't remember this, perhaps you could contact them via website? Cheers Tia
Is it a separate queue if you just want to climb the dome (not go inside the basilica)? How long is the queue usually? Is it better to walk all the way up or take the elevator and walk the rest? Thank you in advance!
June 24, 2017|
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Response from Adam H | Reviewed this property |
We got the elevator up and it was certainly worth it due to the heat but the lift only takes you so far up when I went the line wasn't that bad if I remember correctly it took about 40 minutes I hope this helps and I hope... More
Ann S
I can't seem to find an answer for this: Is St. Peter's closed on June 28 & 29 ecause of the holiday celebrating the Feast of Sts Peter &Paul? The Vatican Museum is closed, but I can't seem to find out about St Peters.
June 23, 2017|
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Response from oronzodd | Reviewed this property |
i'm quite sure that is open as any normal day, enjoy the visit.