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St. Peter's Basilica, Rome
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ADDRESS
Piazza San Pietro
00120 Vatican City
CONTACT DETAILS
Website
+39 06 69883731
ACTIVITIES
Architecture
Religious Site
 
 
 
 

Hide and seek at the Vatican

 

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

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The Basilica of St. Peter, officially known as Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano, is more than a big church. It is the burial site of St. Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. It is located in the Vatican City not part of Italy. It is noted for its art. - Bernini's colonnade and baldacchino. Michelangelo's Pietà and cupola. - It is considered one of the greatest buildings of its time, both Renaissance and Baroque. It is protected by Swiss Guards in funny costume. And while Saint John Lateran, the first church in Rome, is the true seat of the Pope he almost always presides at St. Peter's Basilica.
Getting There
 
The Vatican and St. Peter's Square are a long walk from most sites in Rome. Take Metro Line A to Ottaviano (San Pietro / Musei Vaticani) and walk 4-5 short city blocks or take a city bus to Piazza Risorgimento, Borgo Pio, Borgo Angelico, Borgo Vittorio or Via Crescenzio.
Hours & Times
 
The Basilica is open daily, except Wednesday, 7:00 - 18:00 in winter, 7:00 - 19:00 in summer. On Wednesdays when there is a papal audience St. Peter's opens at 12:00. The dome is open 8:00 to 16:45 in winter and 8:00 to 16:45 in summer.
Admission & Fees
 
Entrance to the Basilica is free. A fee is charged to visit the dome.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
When you stand at either of the two focal points of the ellipse, the Colonnade in St. Peter's Square, only one row of columns is visible.
 
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Arrive early and hit the highlights

Submitted on 28 July 2008 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy
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Standing in line and battling the masses wears thin fast. To avoid the queues and crowds arrive well before 9am. And if you want St. Peter's to be remembered focus on things kids find fun and limit your visit to just 1 hour. Make sure to spend a few minutes in Bernini's Colonnade (on your way in or on your way out) and watch as the second and third rows of columns disappear as you make your way to the focal points of the ellipse.
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