ST. PETER'S BASILICA IN THE VATICAN CITY
OFFICIAL WELCOME SERVICE
Starting from 2007, Vox Mundi is the exclusive agent for the tourist services (individuals and groups) for Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. Thanks to our highly qualified staff and the huge variety of offered services, we are able to guarantee an unique experience to all the pilgrims who come to visit the undisputed Queen of all the Churches .
Vox Mundi also offers - to visiting groups - radioguides (listening devices also called tour guide systems) which are compulsory for the tour of the Church and handles - with its own software – the monitoring and the management of the tourists flows inside the Basilica.
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This service is dedicated to individual visitors, school and/or parish groups. For the last two categories, please ask for information to firstname.lastname@example.org
WITH AUTHORIZED BASILICA'S GUIDES
We offer - to individual visitors and pilgrims - guided tours of the Basilica with our licensed guides. Those who wish to enjoy one of our tours, will benefit of a reserved access to the Basilica, which allows them to shorten the wait during high season periods.
Our tours run in different languages and every hour. Please check our scheduled tours departures.
Official audio guides of St. Peter’s Basilica are available in 10 languages. Small, light, easy to use, they illustrate more than 30 P.o.I. (points of interest) within the Basilica. Our audioguided tour is introduced by the greetings of His Eminence Card. Angelo Comastri, President of the Fabbrica di San Pietro
Small disposable audio guides to visit the Dome are also available (with entrance ticket included).
The service is dedicated to all the group tours with their own licensed guide. We offer our devices to all the groups and we remind you the use is mandatory in the Basilica for guided groups from 7 people up. This rule is to ensure the respectful silence in the Holy Basilica you are about to visit .
The discovery of 2000 years of history and faith, told through the universal language of art, by experienced guides, trained directly by the Basilica. We can provide highly qualified personnel in the five main languages (Italian, French, English, Spanish, German) and on request in other languages (Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese).
Answers to your questions
How much is the admission?
The entrance to St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican is free.
Do I have to queue to get into the Basilica?
Anyone wishing to visit the Basilica of St. Peter must necessarily pass through the gates security metal detector placed under the right side colonnade. This often causes a row of waiting in the peak periods. The guided tours of the Basilica include a reserved access that allows you to reduce the queue.
Do I have to pre-book the official audioguide?
It is not necessary. Just go to one of the two audio guide desks located inside the Basilica and reported by marker boards.
Do I have to pre-book a guided tour?
Reservations are recommended but not required. To join a group visit, just show up at the white desk located in the atrium of St. Peter's Basilica 15 minutes before the start of one of the scheduled visits. Booking is essential if you want to take advantage of a private visit.
Will the information provided by the licensed Basilica’s guide be in one language or in more languages simultaneously?
Guided tours of the Basilica are available in multiple languages, but are held in one language.
Where is the Sistine Chapel? How can I visit it?
Sistine Chapel is located inside the Vatican Museums.
Can I access to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel directly from St. Peter’s Basilica?
Unfortunately not, you can accessto the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel exclusively through the main entrance of the Vatican Museums (http://www.museivaticani.va/)
Does a dress code apply to St. Peter's Basilica?
Yes, access to St. Peter's Basilica is allowed only to persons with a decent clothing, appropriate to the sacred place (shoulders, neckline and knees covered).
Are there wheelchairs available inside the Basilica?
Unfortunately not, but the Basilica is equipped with elevators and passageways dedicated to people who already have their own wheelchair.
Can I bring my pet inside St. Peter?
No, pets are not allowed.
Can I bring my backpack / umbrella inside St. Peter?
Small backpacks and umbrellas are permitted inside the Basilica while bulky items must be left in the cloakroom.
Can I take pictures inside the Basilica?
Yes, photographs are permitted. However is not allowed to use the tripod.
ENJOY THE VISIT OF THE QUEEN
OF ALL THE CHURCHES
St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican State preserves the memory of more than 2000 years of Christianity, from St. Peter to Pope Francis. Situated inside the Vatican City, the world's smallest sovereign state, St. Peter's Basilica is the hub of the Catholic faith. Built on the humble tomb of the Apostle Peter, this sacred place has brought the word of the Lord in the hearts of all Christians around the world. Caretaker of artistic and architectural masterpieces of extraordinary beauty, like the Pietà by Michelangelo and Bernini's magnificent canopy, St. Peter's Basilica dazzles visitors and pilgrims of the whole world.
To access St. Peter’s Basilica
Visitors and pilgrims access to the Basilica through the gates (metal detectors) located under the right side colonnade of St. Peter's Square.
Access to the church is allowed only to persons with a decent clothing, appropriated to the sacred place (shoulders, neckline and knees covered).
Not guided visits
Open every day:
- from 1st October to 31st March > from 7.00 am to 6.30 pm
- from 1 April to 30 September > from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm
€ 8,00 (with elevator + 330 steps)
€ 6,00 (no elevator)
- Monday to Saturday: 8:30 am - 9:00 am - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Sunday and Holy days: 9:00 am - 10:30 am - 11:30 am - 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
St. Peter’s Square – or – Paul VI Hall – or – court yard of Castel Gandolfo summer Papal Residence(August)
Admission: free (reservations only)
Hours: Wednesday at 10:30 am
Reservations: by writing to the " Prefettura della Casa Pontificia, 00120 Città del Vaticano " or by sending a request by fax: +39 06 69885863
Withdrawal tickets: at the Bronze Door located after the metal detector gates. Tickets can be picked up the day before from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm or on the day of the event from 7:00 am to 10:00 am
Every Sunday at 12:00 pm in St. Peter’s Square (when the Pope is in Rome)
Popes Tombs / Vatican Caves
- April to September: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
- October to March: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Accompanied visit of the Vatican Necropolis & St. Peter’s Grave
Admission: € 12.00 (only by written by reservation*)
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
* Phone : +39 06 69885318 / email: email@example.com
For more information, please visit the following websites:
Official Site of Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican State
Official Site of the Holy See