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 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.
- 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 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
Absolutly necessary unless you have 2 weeks to wait in queues.
This pass may appear expensive but what you get is good value. There are other organisations that allow you to by-pass queues, and lots sell in the street, but if you add them all up it is more expensive than having an Omnia pass; it was also useful in getting rid of the sellers as we just waved this pass in their faces and they moved on. We used the bus a lot to start with so we could see the sights, but after a while using the underground, tram and bus system became the norm - the one pass covered them all. The only time I wouldn't bother would be if I didn't want to see any of the sights and just go for pizza.
David Curwen from Belgium
|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