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    Saint Peter’s Basilica: Opening hours and tickets

    Information on opening times and entrance tickets to the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter
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    Opening hours and tickets

    Opening hours for the Vatican papal basilica


    Season Opening Closing
    1°ottobre – 31 marzo
    7:00 am 6:30 pm
    1° April– 30 September
    7:00 am 7:00 pm

    An appropriate dress is required  for access to the Basilica of San Pietro.

    Entrance fee: free

    Visit to the dome of St. Peter’s

    Dome opening times

    Season Opening Closing
    1° October– 31 March
    8:00 am 5:00 pm
    1° April– 30 September
    8:00 am 6:00 pm

    Ticket Cost

    • Lift to the terrace level and continue on foot (320 steps): € 10.00
    • Ascent on foot, 551 steps: € 8.00
    • Reductions for schools are possible by presenting an Institute certificate with the list of participants: € 5.00

    Alternative tickets

    Alternatively, you can buy tours offered by operators in the sector, which include a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica. These solutions are ideal if:

    you want a wider range of offers
    be free to change your booking or even ask for a refund (up to 24 hours before the booked date)
    look for guided tours that include other monuments of Rome

    Here are some examples:


    Holy Mass: Every day, at 8:30 am (with a homily in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament; the Mass is followed by the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and adoration until 4.45 pm when the Eucharistic Blessing takes place)

    Vatican phone numbers

    Fabbrica di San Pietro in Vaticano: 06 698 83731

    Capitolo: 06 698 83465

    Preseminario S. Pio X: 06 698 71416

    Suore: 06 698 83 795

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