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In 324 AD, Constantine commissioned a cathedral dedicated especially to the Apostle Peter. The church was reportedly built on the burial site of this most influential Christian, who was crucified... Read More
In 324 AD, Constantine commissioned a cathedral dedicated especially to the Apostle Peter. The church was reportedly built on the burial site of this most influential Christian, who was crucified upside down in the nearby Circus of Nero in 64 AD. The original church was destroyed in the 16th century, and the present church was built on the very same site. Guided tours of excavations around Peter's tomb are available. Fall and winter closures are about one hour earlier. For guided tours of the Necropolis, apply by e-mail at the Ufficio degli Scavi, firstname.lastname@example.org. METRO: Ottaviano/San Pietro, BUS: 46, 87
- Basilica: Daily 7am-7pm
- Grottoes: Daily 9am-6pm
- Dome: Daily 8am-6pm
- Treasury Museum: Daily 8am-6pm
- Hours May Vary Seasonally
- Basilica including grottoes Free
Dome 5 - 7
Treasury Museum Adult 6; Child (0-6) Free
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: Whether you're Catholic or not, St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican's beauty will take your breathe away.
- Best for Historic Sites Because: No building in Rome is taller than the beautiful dome of St Peter's.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Don't miss the biggest church in the world and it's beautiful late Renaissance artwork.