St. Peter's Basilica
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Commonly referred to as the 'mother of all churches,' St. Peter's Basilica was comissioned in 324 AD by Constantine as a church to be dedicated to the Apostle Peter. The church was reportedly built on... Read More
Commonly referred to as the 'mother of all churches,' St. Peter's Basilica was comissioned in 324 AD by Constantine as a church to be dedicated 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 same site. Guided tours of excavations around Peter's tomb are available. Fall and winter closures are about one hour earlier. It is also possible to visit the top of St. Peter's dome by either climbing the stairs (about 500 steps) for 5 euro or taking the elevator all the way up for 7 euro. METRO: Ottaviano/San Pietro, BUS: 46, 64, 492.
Hours:Due to COVID-19, please check with the attraction for the most recent updates to their opening hours.
- Basilica including grottoes Free
Dome 5 - 7
Treasury Museum Adult 6; Child (0-6) Free
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Don't miss the biggest church in the world and it's beautiful late Renaissance artwork.
- Best for Historic Sites Because: No building in Rome is taller than the beautiful dome of St Peter's.
- 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.