Rome St Peters

Going on a trip to Rome? Then you are surely going to visit the St Peters Rome at Vatican City! Here’s some information about one of Rome’s biggest attractions, that every tourist should know about.

This magnificent basilica is the largest church in the world! Saint Peter’s holds a couple of world records: it is the biggest cathedral in the world with 20139 square meter in size, and it’s also the longest church in the world with the length of 186 meters (694 ft). But when measuring heights, this basilica falls into the 13th place… The Ulm Minster in Germany is the winner in the height category – with 161.5 meter high (530 ft) compared with only 138 meter of St Peter’s (452 ft).

The Basilica San Pietro is home to the remains of Saint Peter who died in 64AD and was considered the first pope. The remains are located in a gold box which is guarded with a bullet proof glass in the basilica crypt. In other words, he is not going anywhere… The remains were found in a secret excavation which was done in 1941 but the official announcement was only made in 1950.

Get to know St Peters in Rome

The St Peters in Rome is built on top of an ancient basilica that was built in the 4th century by the first Roman Emperor that converted into Christianity, Emperor Constantine. The ancient basilica stood for nearly a 1000 years before the works on the new Basilica began in 1506. It took more than 100 years to build this amazing basilica, and among the famous architects who contributed their talent you can find Michelangelo and Bernini. A beautiful statue by Michelangelo “The Pieta” is located in the basilica. Like the remains of St. Peter, the statue is kept behind bullet proof glass.

Entrance to the Basilica is free, but the dressing code is strict, so cover your knees and elbows. When visiting the church, you can climb to the Dome, and enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Rome. You have an option to take an elevator or climb the stairs (which will cost you less). If you plan to visit the rest of the Vatican you can avoid the long lines by taking a guided tour or even a VIP tour which will allow you to explore the area when the rest of the tourists are gone, or before the official opening hours. Register to our special monthly video of Rome, and we will email you for free a special video guide with relevant tips about visiting Rome just before you travel.

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$