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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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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Breathless ...... speechless ......

For billions faithfull Christians, to understand the place where all the Disciples, Martyrs, and Saints began their missions to spread the Words of God outside Israel, where the world eventually called the faithfull as Christians, is beyond any word can explain. Relief, joyfull, peaceful, and satisfied.

For wider visitors, it means that the Basilica means a place to gather for just everyone. The ultimate grandeur of Rennaisance extravangance compared to none in the world. It takes books to write about it. But of course, it is the Palace for God, no man should overcome.

Order stays restored, make the Basilica which is still actively being used for services (as for most of Cathedrals and Churches in Italy) keeps its majesty and charisma.

Going to Europe, this is definitley number one destination on the list. Prepare to take pictures more than you can imagine.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

There are plenty of Basillicas in Italy -- and many are absolutely beautiful, but there is nothing quite like St. Peter's. Following Rick Steves' advice, we went at 5 p.m. so we could see the sunlight streaming in the upper windows and coming down to fill the main alter with beautiful, yellow light. The church is so enormous, you almost cannot even take in its spectacular beauty. You simply need time to absorb it all. I would highly advise having a great guide book with you or download an audio version of the tour from Rick Steves. You could literally spend hours here, so you may want to come earlier to check out St. Peter's Square first before entering the church.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

If, like me, it's likely to be your only trip to Rome, make sure you visit St Peter's Basillica and the Sistine chapel. I'm not religious and I don't particularly like history, but this place is also history in the making, especially seeing as a new Pope has just recently been elected. It made it all the more interesting for me. The first time I saw the square it was full of chairs and barriers, ready for the Pope's usual Wednesday blessing next day. The second time I saw it by night, a few days later, it looked completely different, bigger, as it was completely empty. So if you want to be blessed by the Pope and crushed by the crowd, visit on Wednesday morning.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We scheduled a Vatican tour and went to St. Peter's after the tour. We spent about 4 hours in st. Peters's and left because we were all exhausted. Went back the next day to climb to the top of the cupola, which I would highly recommend, and end up back in the basilica for several more hours. There's so much to see and it is all so beautiful!

1  Thank Barbara B
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

My fiance & I spent 4 days in & around Rome. We tried to go to the Basilica twice, only to discover a VERY long line wrapped around the piazza out front that looked like it took many hours. On our last day, we got up early & arrived at St. Peter's by 8:15am. The line took about 10 minutes. We immediately hopped in the line to go to the top of the dome. 500+ steps later, we arrived at the top. The steps were easy at first, but got very difficult (narrow & steep). You can pay 2 euros extra to take an elevator past the first 300+ steps, but it's not really worth it since the first 300+ steps are the easy ones. But 300+ steps is still a lot, so pay the elevator fee if you wish.

The views from the top were amazing. Well worth the 5 euros to get there.

The inside of the basilica is huuuuge. Be sure to look for Michelangelo's La Pieta on the right as you enter the basilica.

Fun fact: Out in the piazza, find the 2 small black dots on the ground (each of them are a bit bigger than a basketball) near the fountains. If you stand on top of them & look towards the pillars on the perimeter of the piazza, they all line up so that you can only see the front pillar (and not the ones behind it). Impressive optical illusion, especially since the columns are so large. It probably took a LOT of effort to accomplish this neat little effect.

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