Rome St Peters Basilica area

Planning a trip to Rome? Then you mustn’t miss out on the largest church in the world: St Peters Basilica! In this church, that’s visited by millions of tourists every year, Saint Peter’s remains are displayed in a golden box in the crypt of the basilica, protected by bulletproof glass. You can visit the church for free, but keep to the dress code in mind and cover your arms and legs before you go in. For a fee you can take the elevator or climb the stairs to the dome of the St Peter – to get stunning views of the Eternal City.

Where the St Peter now stands, once stood a different basilica from the 4th century. It was built by Emperor Constantine, the first emperor in Rome who became a Christian. The construction of the basilica that we know now began in 1506. About hundred years later, the magnificent building was finished. Famous artists from those times who worked on it were Michelangelo and Bernini – when exploring the city you will see that Rome is full of works of art from their hands: architecture, sculpture, paintings… Michelangelo’s “Pieta”, a marble Mary sculpture, must be the most famous statue that’s located in the Basilica of St Peter.

After you’ve seen the basilica itself, it’s time to discover all the sites of interest around it. St Peters Basilica area offers many things to see and do, such as the Sant’Angelo Castle, the Vatican Museums and the Piazza Navona.

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The huge square in front of the church, Piazza San Pietro, was created in the 17th century and is an iconic landmark. It has an ellipse-shape, an Egyptian obelisk in the middle and features semi-circular colonnades on each side of the oval with 140 statues erected on top of them, plus there’s a fountain. (You might have noticed already that Romans are very fond of fountains!)

The Vatican is a must-see for any visitor of Rome. Watch our special video guide about this small city and number 1 attraction in town to learn more. Our recommendation is to take a guided tour as this place is overwhelmingly big – did you know there are 7 museums? Plus, it will allow you to skip the lines, which are always long and could take hours, especially in peak season.

Next there’s the Castel Sant’Angelo, which was originally built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian, where both he and his family were supposed to be buried. You can find it on the right bank of the River Tiber. It had many functions: first as mausoleum for Roman emperors, then a prison, a refuge for popes, and now a museum and tourist attraction.

Last place we want to mention is the Piazza Navona, about 700 meters from the St Angelo Castle. Here you can see baroque fountains by Bernini, the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone or enjoy a delicious meal at one of the restaurants.

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.

USD 70.65$

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games. Finish with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar.

If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.

USD 60.22$

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives you unprecedented VIP access to the magnificent rooms that are usually off-limits to the public, allowing you to see a side of the Vatican that most never will. Be awed by secret rooms like the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of Gold, and see sights like Raphael’s Rooms.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. End your tour with an after-hours private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for your group (average 15 people) and guide. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel – including The Creation of Adam – is considered the most influential fresco in the history of Western art. See it with no crowds, linger over every detail, and earn one-of-a-kind bragging rights for the rest of your life!

USD 382.19$

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch in Naples, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.

Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 1, till March 8. During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.

USD 155.19$

Capri Day Trip from Rome

Visit the chic island of Capri on a day trip from Rome, led by an expert local guide! After traveling from Rome to Naples, cross over to the gorgeous island to see its highlights. Hop aboard a boat to the Blue Grotto if you wish, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hilltop village of Anacapri. Explore Capri’s main town at leisure, and then leave the island for your journey back to Rome.

USD 149.63$