The extraordinary Basilica di San Pietro (St Peter’s Basilica) draws
hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Not only because it is one of the
largest churches in the world and considered one of the holiest Catholic sites,
but also because it is the pope's much-favored church for holding masses and
yearly pilgrimage and is of huge architectural and artistic value.
The construction of the basilica took 110 years and many renowned
artists—Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Bernini—were involved in
its creation. You can’t help but wonder how such a work of art could be made
or how Renaissance artists could be so skillful. Indeed, it is considered the
finest Renaissance church ever built!
Of the variety of things to do at the Basilica, you can visit the burial site
of St. Peter, the Vatican grotto, the vast and impressive Bramante's dome, the
altar with Bernini's Baldacchino, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, and
Cathedra Petri. You’ll be surprised how much time you’ll want to spend here
and it’s no wonder! You can also enjoy a repose in the Gardens of Vatican
City. Make sure you have time to pay a visit to the Sistine Chapel. Vatican City
is a stunner; there is so much to see.
One thing to try at St. Peter's Basilica is climbing the steps of the
Cupole—you might pant a bit, but it is worth it, the views of the dome are
remarkable. But if climbing is not for you, don’t worry, there is also an
elevator. When you reach the roof, you can stop for a coffee and buy a little
gift in the shop. It costs €6 to go up the steps and €7 for the
The red line (Linea A) of the Metro will take you in the direction of
Batisttini; get off at Ottaviano-S. Pietro. Then it’s just a short walk along
Via Ottaviano till you reach St. Peter's Square; the basilica is then right at
the front. If arriving by foot from the city center, you only need to cross the
Tiber river and follow Via Conciliazioni. The basilica is open daily and opening
hours vary according to the season. Italian masses take place daily at 8:30 a.m.
Please remember not to wear shorts or miniskirts and to ensure shoulders are
covered when visiting.
April to September 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
October to March 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Phone: +39 698 83731