Fast Track Entry to St Peter's Basilica
St Peter's Basilica
Free Audio Guide & Fast Track Entry to St Peter's Basilica
Audio Guide Price: €15.00
Learn about the history and highlights of Rome's largest Roman Catholic church including the exquisite decor, crypts and baldacchino with a free Wi-Fi downloadable Audio Guide
St Peter’s Basilica is Rome’s most famous church and one of the most important catholic landmarks in the world. As the holy epicentre of the Roman Catholic faith it’s vital to the history and culture of Rome – even to this day it is a place of global pilgrimage. With its impressive dome, gilt and marble interior it’s a wonder to behold not only for its symbolism but for its art and architecture, too.
You can now pre-book your entry tickets to St. Peter's Basilica to reserve your entry slot with the Omnia Vatican & Rome Pass! Simply follow the instructions on your confirmation email and reserve a time-slot within the 72 hours validity of your Omnia Vatican & Rome Pass.
The official Wi-Fi downloadable audioguide app is for smartphones and tablets. Available in English, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Polish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese.
- Bernini’s canopy
- The Dome
- St Peter’s Square
- Papal Throne
TOP TIP: Skip the lines and head straight in – saving you up to 4 hours in the summer! Also, you will receive a free Wi-Fi downloadable audio guide - worth €15.00!
Did you know:
- St Peter’s Basilica doesn’t have a single painting in it at all – all the ‘art’ is sculptures, architecture and mosaics
- The only person permitted to give mass at the alter underneath the Baldacchino is the Pope
- Although it’s the biggest church in Rome, it’s not the official seat of the Pope – St John in the Lateran actually holds that title
Things to see:
You can’t miss the huge bronze canopy in the middle of the nave, the baldacchino, and at 30 meters tall its imposing structure calls upon any visitor to admire this Baroque pavilion. Built by Bernini in the first half of the 17th century its architecture and design was inspired by various religious influences, such as the canopy held over the heads of the Popes in procession, the Temple of Jerusalem, and the emblem of Pope Urban in its laurel leaf detail.
As the tallest dome in the world – measuring 136.57 metres in height it was designed by some of the greatest artists of all time. The original designs were by Bramante, in 1506, and were modelled on the Pantheon in its style and structure. It then passed through the hands of Sangallo who took inspiration from Bramante’s Pantheon model and the Florence Cathedral, before Michelangelo took all previous plans into consideration and created what we see now, with Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana actually finishing the build over 90 years later. If you want to see the dome from a different perspective, why not ascend to the very top and take in the breath-taking views across the Vatican City and Rome.
St Peter’s Square
St Peter’s Square, also created by Bernini, is another prime example of Baroque art and architecture in Rome. Constructed over ten years, 1656-1667, it sits infront of St Peter’s Basilica and is dominated by a 40 metre tall Egyptian obelisk, as well as an original fountain by Maderno. The colonnades are lined with two rows of marble pillars and 140 statues perched on top depicting important religious figures.
Tour times: daily 9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 15.00
NOTE: Tours can be pre-booked when you collect your Omnia Pass from the redemption centre. Visitors must go to the ORP office at Piazza Pio XII, 9, 15 minutes before the scheduled tour time.
How to get there:
- Ottaviano-S.Pietro-Musei Vaticano (Metro A line)
- Piazza del Risorgimento (Tram 19)
see the: full list of attractions included
A Must Have.
The Omnia pass is worth every single penny. It guarantees that you beat the queues at the Vatican and The Colloseum, which we couldn't believe when we actually arrived at the venues. Hundreds and hundreds of people queuing up and we bypassed them all. Hop on hop off bus service also got us to most of the major attractions, not only that but we had free use of public transport (buses & trains) which we took full advantage of. Very helpful staff at the collection points too. One extra bit of advise which we thought we would have benefited from is, when you collect your 3 day pass, the 3 days it is valid for doesn't begin until you actually use it for the first attraction/ journey, so you can pick it up on your first day without losing any time on your pass. Enjoy, you won't be disappointed.
Pauline Gelling-Hughes from UK
|Monday||9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 15.00|
|Tuesday||9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 15.00|
|Wednesday||9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 15.00|
|Thursday||9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 15.00|
|Friday||9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 15.00|
|Saturday||9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 15.00|
|1st April - 30th Sept|
|Monday||07.00 - 19.00|
|Tuesday||07.00 - 19.00|
|Wednesday||07.00 - 19.00|
|Thursday||07.00 - 19.00|
|Friday||07.00 - 19.00|
|Saturday||07.00 - 19.00|
|Sunday||07.00 - 19.00|
Closed: Every Sunday, 28th March, 23rd-24th April, 29th June, 15th August, 1st November, 8th December, 25th & 26th December
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Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City