The stateliness of Carlo Maderno’s seventeenth century façade hints at the immensity of St. Peter’s Basilica inside, which today remains one of the largest churches in the world.
The old Basilica of St. Peter, whose vast size was similar to today’s, was built at around 320 by the Emperor Constantine on the site where, tradition has it, the Apostle St. Peter was buried.

Over the centuries and under a number of different papacies, the long process was launched which, within the space of about two hundred years and thanks to the genial contribution of artists such as Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini,  led to the complete overhaul of the early Constantine church.
The dome dominating the skyline is the fruit of Michelangelo’s vision. Its amazing size and harmony is best appreciated by bravely climbing its steps. Rest assured, your efforts will be rewarded by both a close up inspection of the cupola’s magnificent internal decorations and the awe-inspiring panorama waiting for you at the top.

Michelangelo’s masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture the Pietà, where many a visitor remains mesmerized by its combination of technical purity and emotional impact, arguably stands out among the St. Peter’s countless artistic attractions.

piazza san pietro

Address

Piazza San Pietro

Fax: +39 06 69885518

Telephone: +39 06 69883731 - 06 6982 (centralino) - 06 69881662 (info turistiche)

Web site: www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_pietro/index_it.htm

Hours

April 1 - September 30
- Every day: 7.00 am - 7.00 pm;

Saturday 15th August closed

October 1 - March 31
- Every day: 7.00 am - 6.30 pm;

Possibili cambiamenti di orari e/o chiusure nelle seguenti date:
- lunedì 22 febbraio: chiusura tutta la mattina per Giubileo della Curia Romana. Riapertura nel pomeriggio

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Mass Schedule:
Weekdays:
-8.30 am: Holy Mass in Italian with homely (Blessed Sacrament Chapel)
 Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after Holy Mass.
-9.00 am - 10.00 am - 11.00 am - 12.00 pm: Holy Masses in Italian with homely (St. Joseph Altar)
- 5.00 pm: Holy Mass in Latin and songs with homely (Cathedra Petri)


Holidays:
- 9.00 am: Holy parish Mass in Italian with homely (Cathedra Petri)
- 10.30 am: Holy Mass in Latin and songs with homely (Cathedra Petri)
- 11.30 am: Holy Mass in Italian with homely (Blessed Sacrament Chapel).
- 12.15 pm: Holy Mass in Italian with homely (Cathedra Petri)
- 1.00 pm: Holy Masses in Italian with homely (St. Joseph Altar)
- 4.00 pm: Holy Mass in Italian with homely (Cathedra Petri)
- 5.45 pm: Holy Mass in Italian with homely (Cathedra Petri)
Schedules are subject to change. Please contact the church before visiting.
www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_pietro/it/vita_liturgica/orari.htm

Please note: guided tours to the Basilica are allowed to visitors/groups wearing headset receiversonly

VATICAN GROTTOES - TOMBS OF THE POPES
April 1 - September 30
Monday-Sunday: 8.00 am - 6.00 pm;
October 1 - March 31
Monday-Sunday: 8.00 am - 5.30 pm;