St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City: Hours, Address, St. Peter's Basilica Reviews: 5/5

St. Peter's Basilica
5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Churches & Cathedrals
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
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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The area
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Neighborhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighborhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighborhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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theresaw
Sacramento, CA471 contributions
There are no words
Sep 2021
This was my 3rd visit to St. Peter's and it is still awe-inspiring. Everywhere you look there are magnificent works of art, starting with Michelangelo's Pieta on the right side once you enter. Thinking about the workmanship that went into every square inch of this Basilica is mind boggling. A MUST SEE!

Be sure to spend the extra 7 euro and WALK up to the dome. It's 551 steps but you get to stop and walk around the interior of the dome (looking down into the Basilica) before you continue up to the roof.
Written September 16, 2021
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Naomi R
2 contributions
Chiara was fabulous!
Sep 2021 • Couples
Beautiful basilica and our tour guide, Chiara, (with Headout) was fabulous! She was prompt and informative and very enjoyable to be with.
Written September 15, 2021
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James R
Naples, Italy6 contributions
Chiara - Comedian, Philosopher, Academic, and Romantic. Basically, Italian.
Sep 2021
In preparation for my third trip to Rome, I scheduled a tour through Headout for St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb & Papal Tombs. I had been to St. Peter's Basilica, but had missed out on those two important experiences. My tour guide was Chiara, part of When in Rome Tours. Prior to arriving, which my wife and I were a bit late for, she called to check up on us. Already a great start. From introduction to farewell, Chiara was amazing! Very knowledgeable about the tour she led, while sprinkling in humor throughout the more than two hours she spent with us. The experience was entertaining due to her interaction with the group, which comprised of people from four different countries. I would jump on any tour that Chiara led.
Written September 5, 2021
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Uroš
Zalec, Slovenia19 contributions
Dress code - everyone equally?
Aug 2021
Let be honest - the Church / Basilica is magnificent (grand), also popes tomb is very special to see / experience, but...
Be aware of a dress code wanting to enter (unfortunately does not apply to all visitors).
They will check you (as on airport - sceners) and doing that before entering they will also check if you are dressed properly (shorts slightly above the knee and T-shirt is O.K.). Especially women's short skirts and pants, or uncovered shoulders are a no-go, but unfortunately not for all. As some people are rejected (it is a possibility to go outside, buy a scarf, cover yourself and go again through all the procedures), some are by a miracle left to enter, even though having very shot (even indecent) dresses/attire.
Written August 22, 2021
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Marsonia
Osijek, Croatia64 contributions
Breathtaking
Aug 2021
It should be on your "must see" list!

It is monumental and beautifull beyond words.

If you are a catholic, please note that Pope John Paul II is also laid to rest here (second chapel on the right from the entrance) and you can say your prayers in front of his grave.

Pieta by Michelangelo is also such a touching work of art that you simply must see for yourself.

We were there in the begining of August 2021 and there were no crowds, we have waited only 5 minutes to pass the security check.
Written August 21, 2021
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Stephan D
4 contributions
Heart of the Catholic Church
Aug 2021
Like it or not and if you're a believer or not this place is magnificent and will leave you speechless if you are seeing it for the first time. It is a place that must be visited at least once in a lifetime.
Written August 19, 2021
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TTommy69
Kennewick, WA129 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2020 • Family
Crowds are insane but this is something you have to go and see. Really amazing architecture and history. And I need 10 characters to make the TripAdvisor minimums.
Written August 18, 2021
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Vanessa A
42 contributions
Sexist
Aug 2021 • Family
Wore shorts above the knee as a female. I wasn't allowed to go in. Saw men passing me by with even shorter pants who could enter. When my husband mentionned this I was simply told "he has spoken"... Ok, i can deal with dress codes. But not if they only apply to women and men and not only woman. Sexist institution...
Written August 15, 2021
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kgkjgkjg
Washington DC, DC171 contributions
less interesting than expected
Aug 2021
I know this is contrarian, but St. Peter's is the least interesting church I saw in Rome, and I saw a lot. Michelangelo's Pieta is great but it's behind glass at a distance so you can hardly see it. St. Peter's is big, but quantity doesn't mean quality. If there were a really long line to enter, I would seriously consider skipping it.
Written August 14, 2021
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Pat B
20 contributions
St. Peter’s Basilica
Jul 2021
If you are in Rome, you MUST go and see St. Peter’s Basilica. Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world by interior measure. A must see.
Written August 10, 2021
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St. Peter's Basilica is open:
  • Sun - Sat 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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