A Renaissance church located in the Vatican City and the largest church building in the world with the interior area spreading across 15,160 m2. It is filled with masterpieces by many well-known Baroque and Renaissance artists (e.g. Bernini’s Baldacchino or Michelangelo’s statue called Pietà). The remnants of St. Peter are placed in St. Peter’s tomb under the Basilica.
If you decide to go all the way up the staircase leading to the top of the dome to enjoy the spectacular view of the city, be prepared for many steps (320 – 551 depending on your ticket). The ascent can be very demanding especially during the summer months.
Also, since it is a Christian church, adequate clothing and behaviour is expected when visiting. Bear in mind that apart from being an important sight, the Basilica is also a Christian church and therefore a holy ground.
Apr - Sep: 7.30 am - 6 pm
Oct - Mar: 7.30 am - 5 pm
The basilica entrance is free of charge but the queues might take up to an hour. There is an obligatory security check before entering.
For further information on admissions, please consult the official website.
Decent clothing is necessary.
Official Website http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_pietro/index_it.htm
Phone +39 06 69883465
Address Piazza San Pietro, 00120, Vatican City, Italy
Coordinates 41°54'7.755" N 12°27'13.457" E