St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

Planning to visit St. Peter’s Basilica? Check out our information below!


St Peter’s Basilica, officially ‘Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano’ is the spiritual centre of the Catholic Church and the residence of the Pope. The huge basilica, located in the self-governing state of Vatican City is on St Peter’s Square of the same name and is the second largest church in the world. You can see this extraordinary building from several places in Rome. But the very best place to see St Peter’s is through a secret keyhole. For that, you have to go to the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta. To see this unique view, you might have to wait a few minutes – it’s not really a secret tip anymore – but it’s well worth it.

St Peter’s Basilica is incredibly impressive, both inside and out. Once you have seen St Peter’s Basilica inside, it is fun to go to the dome of the church. On the right side of the basilica, you can enter this dome. To get here, you first have to take a lift and then climb 323 extra steps. Once at the top, you immediately forget about the climb, as it is truly impressive!

Opening hours:

St Peter’s Basilica is open every day of the year on: April until September from: 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM and from October to March from: 07:00 AM to 06:30 PM.

Photographer: Anna Church by Unsplash

Tips and Tricks!

Here are a few tips you should know before visiting the St. Peter’s Basilica!

  • St Peter’s Basilica will be closed on Wednesday morning as the papal audience will be held. The basilica will reopen at 01:00 PM.
  • Prepare your visit to St Peter’s well, as you will otherwise end up in the queue for a very long time.
  • To get to the top of the dome you have to climb 323 steps, some parts of the stairs are sloping and it is quite narrow.
  • Also be sure to visit the little square next to St Peter’s Basilica: Giardino delgi Aranci. There you have a wide view of the city, which you will surely love.
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