St Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy
Piazza di San Pietro, Rome, Italy| Map |
Tall, magnificent, awe-inspiring. These are just a few of the adjectives used to describe St. Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro), the world’s grandest and most important Catholic church. Entering through the Piazza San Pietro’s impressive oval colonnade, guests should prepare for an hour-long trip into the vastness of the 614-foot long basilica, filled with beautiful sculptures including Michelangelo’s Pieta and Arnolfo di Cambio’s bronze St. Peter’s statue. The basilica is made up of gorgeous arches, intricate detail and, like much of Rome, is full of history. The small but ornate Treasury of St. Peter’s pays tribute to the Catholic faith and is home to the tomb of Pope Sixtus IV. Below the Basilica lie the Vatican Grottoes and the Vatican Necropolis, both burial areas. St. Peter’s Basilica can also be explored via the roof. For an extra charge (and several hundred stairs) guests can visit the top of St. Peter’s dome, designed by Michelangelo and offering an dazzling panorama of the city.
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St. Peter’s Basilica can be accessed via the metro, getting off at Ottaviano-San Pietro or taking “The Pickpocket Express” bus 64 from the Termini train. St. Peter’s has a strict dress code of no shorts, no skirts above the knee and no bare shoulders. Those not adhering to the dress code will not be allowed inside. Tours are free and are given daily.
Address: Piazza di San Pietro, Rome, Italy| Map
Phone: 06 69883462
Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am - 5 pm; Apr-Sep); Mon-Sun 7 am - 6 pm (Oct-Mar) More Info
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