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Reviewed today via mobile

Well for some it is!! Unbelievable human masses from all corners of the world make their pilgrimage to St Peter’s Square and Basilica. Oh I do feel sorry for them! Prayed upon by all kinds of shady vendors, tour offers, peddlers and an unholy avalanche of street beggars.... not only that if that is not bad enough but even on a good day a atwood hour queue is not unusual. All the spiritual pilgrimage and faith is lost in the mayhem of this supposedly sacred place in Christendom. No doubt about it the buildings, piazzas, sculptures and awesome setting are very impressive! Just have a plan, do the research, reserve your special entry skip the line admissions and concentrate on the purpose of your visit and try to ignore the mechanics and cost!

Thank northernneckinn
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Reviewed today via mobile

You really have to visit St. Peter if in Rome. Better to get skip the line ticket because the lines are long even with this without it I think 2 hr wait to get in

Thank 581naumanz
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Reviewed today

The largest church in the world and the grandeur and beauty is spectacular!
We did it as part of a tour along with the Vatican Museums - so having the tour guide was an added benefit! Entrance otherwise is free - though you will have to through the long security lines.

Once inside the scale and beauty immediately embraces your senses. It's a spiritual experience regardless of your religious affiliation. The 'Pieta' is right near the entrace (though now in glass enclosure after some nut tried to destroy it). If you're lucky you can even attend mass there.
You can also go down to see the tombs of Popes or pay a small fee to climb the dome - lot of steep steps, the views are worth it (and it's an unwritten law that no other building in Rome can be higher than the dome at St. Peters).

Once outside on your right you can see the Vatican guard in their traditional outfit, you can walk down the stairs to exit as well as use the facilities (there are some gift shops too) - but mind that once you go out that way, you cannot come back up - you will have to go around the square and back to the entrance with the security lines (which are long but do move fast).

It's a place of worship - so conservative dress is enforced - men and women need shoulders and knees covered (same applies to the Vatican museums).

1  Thank jubda
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Reviewed today via mobile

We went on a tour around the Vatican. The art and architecture is outstanding. Silence is required in the Sistine Chapel but find a seats and just stare at the art work. St Peter's Basilica is truly amazing and makes you wonder how they built such a building so many years ago. It's hard to put into words how much detail has been put into the detail both inside and out. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Brooksy1101
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Reviewed today

We were in Rome from 03/29 – 04/05 and visited this St. Peter’s numerous times while in town. Pictures do not do it justice; you must see for yourself just how immense this Basilica is.
The lines to pass through security can be long, so arrive very early in the morning or take a “skip the line tour”.

Thank SoCalOregonian
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Reviewed today via mobile

Truly a fantastic work of art in every way. I must confess I was blown away by the whole place. TAKE THE TIME TO DO AUDIO TOUR. Well worth it.

Thank leor369
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The biggest Cathedral in the world.
A fantastic place, very impressive, a must to visit in Rome & Vatican.

Thank Daniel968
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awesome..just breathtaking..must see of Vatican City..highly recommend to hire a 1:1 personal tour guide to get most of Vatican and St Peter's badulica

Thank USATexas-Fan
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Short walk from the city center is the magnificent St Peter’s Church. The line moves fast and the entrance is free (a small fee if you want go up the dome) so ignore all the oncoming “guides”. Do everyone a favor and prepare for security screening and wear clothes appropriate for church.

Thank 98andreasd
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Reviewed 2 days ago

No comments on the Basilica given the tens of thousand of other reviews. However...

If you are in relatively good shape, do the dome climb. It is not for the faint of heart, claustrophobics, or those with bad knees. Adults cost 8 Euro to do the whole 500+ steps on foot, 10 Euro if you take the elevator for the first 200 or so steps. There is often a line for the elevator though, and never one for on foot.

Either way you will get a workout and sweat a bit. We went in November and it was a pleasant temperature, however I imagine in summer the climb would be sweltering. Regardless once you are at the cupola the views are INCREDIBLE!

Thank globedecker
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