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St. Peter's Basilica: Popular tickets and guided tours

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'To Rome with Love' Tour - Romantic city tour Rome at sunset

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'To Rome with Love' Tour - Romantic city tour Rome at sunset

Offer your love romantic sunsets and Rome's top sights during a guided city tour in comfortable electric golf cars

  • THE IDEAL tour for Valentine's Day
  • INCL. GLASS of Prosecco
Duration:
3.5 h
Language:
English + 2 more
385 $ price (private)

Private Vatican Tour - Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

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Private Vatican Tour - Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

You will discover the stories and legends behind each work of art...not to be missed!

Duration:
3 h
Language:
English + 1 more
from 320 $ price (private)

Small groups Vatican tour: Vatican Museums & St. Peter's Basilica without queuing

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Small groups Vatican tour: Vatican Museums & St. Peter's Basilica without queuing

An almost private Vatican tour in a small group: Tour to the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica - without standing in line anywhere

  • GROUP WITH max. 12 persons
  • UNQUEUED
Duration:
3 h
Language:
English + 1 more
from 72.50 $ per person

Panoramic tour of Rome incl. transfer from Civitavecchia

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Panoramic tour of Rome incl. transfer from Civitavecchia

A wonderful panoramic tour through the Eternal City, where you do not waste any unnecessary time.

Duration:
8 h
Language:
English + 1 more
from 40 $ per person

Day trip to Rome from Civitavecchia - Classical Rome

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Day trip to Rome from Civitavecchia - Classical Rome

Make a day trip from your cruise ship to the eternal city of Rome and discover all the highlights of the city.

  • PICK UP from the port of Civitavecchia
Duration:
8 h
Language:
English + 4 more
from 687 $ price (private)

Private city tour of Rome with driver

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Private city tour of Rome with driver

See the most famous sights of the Eternal City during a relaxed private tour with driver

  • PLAN YOUR individual tour in Rome with us in advance
Duration:
3 h
Language:
English + 1 more
from 40.50 $ price (private)

Leadership without queuing: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica

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Touristengruppe Vatikan

Top selling Vatican leadership on rent-a-guide. It is worthwhile for all those who want to use their time in the Vatican effectively and competently. Maximum 18 participants!

Language:
English + 4 more
from 76 $ per person

City tour "Rome by night" with dinner and folk music

City tour "Rome by night" with dinner and folk music

Enjoy a delicious Italian menu with live music and discover Rome by night

Duration:
4 h
Language:
English + 2 more
from 95 $ per person

Round trip: Rome by night

Round trip: Rome by night

Discover the "Eternal City" on a nightly tour with a comfortable bus and admire Rome's sights at a late hour

Duration:
2 h
Language:
English + 2 more
from 47.50 $ per person

Round trip Rome incl. skip-the-line ticket Colosseum, Forum Romanum, Vatican

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Round trip Rome incl. skip-the-line ticket Colosseum, Forum Romanum, Vatican

Enjoy preferential admission to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Vatican Museums. Discover the most famous sights of Rome

Duration:
8 h
Language:
English + 1 more
from 147 $ price (private)

Audioguide Tour: St. Peter's Basilica with reserved entrance

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Audioguide Tour: St. Peter's Basilica with reserved entrance

Explore the famous St. Peter's Basilica in Rome with an audio guide and skip the long lines through a reserved entrance.

Language:
English + 9 more
from 23.50 $ per person

Segway-Tour: The Angels of Rome

 Segway-Tour: The Angels of Rome

Explore the sights of Rome on a Segway tour. En route you will encounter numerous statues of angels, from the Angel Castle to the bridge over the river Enge.

Duration:
2.5 h
Language:
English + 3 more
77 $ per person

Christian Rome and its churches

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Christian Rome and its churches

Discover Rome, the centre of Christianity and its most important churches: San Giovanni in Laterano, San Paolo fuori le Mura, Santa Maria Maggiore and more.

Duration:
4 h
Language:
English + 2 more
from 71.50 $ per person

Tickets for the Pope's audience in Rome

Tickets for the Pope's audience in Rome

Get the tickets for the Pope's audience in an uncomplicated way and enjoy the Pope's speech on the beautiful St. Peter's Square.

Language:
English + 1 more
from 24 $ per person

Private tour: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

Tour guide explaining Sistine chapel

You will be picked up from your hotel and can visit the Vatican with tickets without queuing. Your private tour guide will show you all the details.

Duration:
3 h
Language:
English + 6 more
from 109 $ per person (private)
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6 impressive facts and highlights of St. Peter's

1. New grave, new cathedral

The Roman Emperor Constantine had a basilica built as early as 324 on the site of today's St. Peter's Cathedral. Constantine is said to have erected it in honour of the apostle Peter, who was buried on this very spot in 64 AD. The tomb formed the centre of the church. Over the centuries, many popes were buried in the basilica. Around 1500 Pope Julius II was looking for a place for his resting place. The former basilica offered no more room for a magnificent tomb according to his taste. Pope Julius II had the 1200 year old church demolished and a new one built: St. Peter's Basilica.

2. Almost 120 years of construction time

On 18 April 1506 the foundation stone for today's St. Peter's was laid. But it took 117 years to complete what is now the second largest Christian church. Numerous master builders and artists were involved in the realization of the huge church building, including Raphael and Michelangelo. One reason for the eternal construction work was, for example, decades of disputes over the floor plan of the future St. Peter's Basilica.

3. More than two football pitches in size

You don't have to be a lover of architecture, and you don't have to be a fan of the church as an institution - St. Peter's Cathedral casts a spell over every visitor! 211.5 metres long, 138 metres wide and 132.5 metres high! In other words: the floor space can hold more than two football pitches. Or: St. Peter's is almost so high that you could put the London Eye in it (only three meters missing). If the Vatican would not control the entrance, up to 20.000 visitors would fit into the Peterskirche.

4. St. Peter's Square: site of a remnant of the cross of Jesus

St. Peter's Square directly in front of the Basilica of St. Peter is one of the highlights of the most important building of the late Renaissance. A total of 367 columns line the square, 140 statues, two fountains and a huge obelisk, which is said to weigh 322 tons and is 25 meters high. In the top of the obelisk a part of the cross of Christ is supposed to be located.

5. Vatican Caves

Below St. Peter's there are the Vatican Caves. The popes buried in the old Perterskirche found their new rest here and also the popes of modern times were buried in the grottoes under St. Peter's Cathedral. Visitors also have the opportunity to take a look at the Confessio with the tomb of St. Peter. The entrance to the Vatican Caves is free, the entrance is on the right of St. Peter's Church, where you can also enter the dome.

6. Highest dome in the world

Michelangelo's famous dome in St. Peter's Basilica is the highest in the world at 136 meters. The dome itself can only be reached via a narrow spiral staircase, as the elevator only takes you to the roof of St. Peter's. Depending on which ticket you buy (5,00€ vs. 7,00€) you have to cover the last 320 or 551 steps with your own power. But the effort is rewarded: with an unforgettable view over the Vatican City and Rome.

Tips for the visit to St. Peter's Basilica

Best time for a visit

The opening hours of St. Peter's Basilica are from 7.00 to 19.00 in summer. Between October and March St. Peter's is open from 7.00 - 18.00 hours. It is worthwhile to arrive early to the St. Peter's Cathedral, as already from 11.00 a.m. on, there are long lines through the Vatican. Those who prefer to have a leisurely breakfast first can buy a skip-the-line ticket online or book a guided tour. Even with your guided tour you will pass the waiting people. Caution: in summer, waiting in the sun is really exhausting. Pack water and sun protection!

Does St. Peter's cost admission?

No, the entrance to St. Peter's is basically free of charge. But those who want to visit St. Peter's without a ticket and without a guided tour have to be prepared for waiting times of at least two hours in the early morning during the high season. However, the dome of St. Peter's is subject to a fee!

St. Peter's skip-the-line

St. Peter's belongs to the Vatican and is therefore one of the most visited sights in the world. Those who want to skip the lines in front of the basilica can buy in advance online tickets. Those who also want to climb up to the dome of St. Peter's can buy a combination ticket with preferred admission and dome viewing. In addition, group tours and audioguide tours also qualify for preferential admission.

Tip: If you visit the Vatican Museums beforehand, you can do some tricks and rush through the small group entrance at the back right of the Sistine Chapel into St. Peter's skip-the-line.

Tour of the dome

The dome of St. Peter's is the symbol of Christianity, it dominates the skyline of Rome and is one of the most popular attractions in the Vatican. Also for the ascent into the dome the recommendation is to come early. There are two different tickets for the dome. A ticket with which you can use the elevator, after which you only have to climb 321 steps yourself or the cheap ticket with which you have to climb the entire 550 steps on foot. There are also skip-the-line tickets for the dome of St. Peter's.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, the dress code at St. Peter's is strictly enforced. The basilica is a catholic building, so short trousers, off-the-shoulder tops and short skirts are not allowed. In Rome it is very hot, especially in summer. If you do not want to do without a strapless top, take a light cloth to cover your shoulders in St. Peter's.

Meeting the Pope

The public audience of the Pope always takes place on Wednesdays in St. Peter's Square. The audience begins at 10:30 a.m. Many visitors arrive before the security check opens at 8.00 am to secure the best seats. In winter the papal audience takes place in the Audience Hall.

How do I get to St. Peter's?

St. Peter's belongs to the Vatican and is located in the Vatican City. With the red metro line you can reach the Vatican via the station Cipro. Or you can take the bus lines 40, 60 or 64.

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