St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Rome, Italy


What can you expect:

The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, or simply Saint Peter’s Basilica, is a church built in the Renaissance style located in Vatican City, the papal enclave that is within the city of Rome. The Basilica is one of the holiest temples for Christendom and one of the largest churches in the world.

St. Peter’s is famous as a place of pilgrimage and for its liturgical functions. The pope presides at a number of liturgies throughout the year both within the basilica or the adjoining St. Peter’s Square; these liturgies draw audiences numbering from 15,000 to over 80,000 people.

All people can visit St. Peter’s Basilica as long as they behave appropriately and adhere to the dress code. The entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free, but there are often long queues at the security checkpoint.

Photographer: Heinz Klier


The entrance to the Basilica is free.

Climbing to the top of the Dome:
Lift to the terrace plus 320 steps: € 8,00
Climbing 551 steps by foot: € 6,00

Photographer: Luis Núñez

Opening hours:

The dome opens at 8am and closes one hour before the Basilica.
October – March: 7am – 6:30pm
April – September: 7am – 7pm

Monday7am – 6:30pm / 7pm
Tuesday7am – 6:30pm / 7pm
Wednesday7am – 6:30pm / 7pm
Thursday7am – 6:30pm / 7pm
Friday7am – 6:30pm / 7pm
Saturday7am – 6:30pm / 7pm
Sunday7am – 6:30pm / 7pm

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