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“The holy see”

St. Peter's Basilica
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 holy see”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Excellence photo opportunities within the basilica...
Great architecture and sculptures abound...

Visited October 2012
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“Stunning But Crowded”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

It's free to enter the Basilica. Its a bit difficult to work out where the queue actually ends because there's so many people milling about. The queue wasn't that bad the time we went in but we had seen it much bigger. When we went through the security metal detector the three guards were talking among themselves, my boyfriend beeped as he went through and they didn't even turn around! After you get through security it's still a struggle to get into the church due to the crowds.

Inside it's stunning. You can hardly get near Michaelangelo's Pieta for all the people trying to get a good shot, but you can wriggle your way to the front. All of the art and architecture is amazing, there's too much for your eyes to take in. I would really like to go round again for another look but with all the crowds I don't think I could stand it again. I think it's a bit cheeky that they charge just to climb to the top of the dome. We didn't go up, we went to the top of Castel Sant Angelo instead which has an amazing view, probably better since you can look across at the St. Peters!

All in all its something you have to try and go see in your lifetime but be prepared for crowds and have patience.

Visited May 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“Don't miss climbing to the top of the Basilica”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

There is no question that St. Peter's Basilica is one of the most beautiful and grand cathedrals in the world. I just know that many people miss the opportunity to go to the top of the Basilica. there is an option to climb the steps for 5 euro or use the elevator for 7 euro. USE THE ELEVATOR. Once you are at the top of the elevator you will still have many more steps to climb, but you will get the best view of the inside of the Basilica and see the mosaics that most people only see from the cathedral floor. Then, a few more steps and you are rewarded with a priceless view of the Vatican Grounds and all of Rome.

Please, don't miss out on this experience. It was our favorite of Rome.

Visited May 2013
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“Museo Storico Artistico (Treasury of St Peter's)”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

For 7 euros entrance and 3 euros for an audioguide, this little museum is a lovely oasis in the midst of St Peter's Basilica. The museum holds sacred relics and priceless artefacts presented to St Peter's. Some of the beautiful pieces have been donated by individuals, some by previous Popes. I do recommend the audioguide, as the labels have only a very short description, which is enough for some of the things. There is a little chapel containing Donatello's Tabernacle, which was only restored in 2009

Visited May 2013
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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“A Wonder of the World”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

This was our fourth trip to St Peter's, yet ,as always, it was uplifting and enthralling. Give yourself enough time and energy to take it all in and enjoy ( don't try to whiz round after the Vatican Museum ! ). The Pieta is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful works of art in the World. Such a shame that it is now at a distance behind glass.
The Pope celebrates Mass in the square on a Wednesday and Sunday, which is an experience, especially for the devout.
A jaw-dropping experience.

Visited May 2013
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