Rome is a magical city rich in culture and history The Vatican City, which sits within the city, is the stronghold of the Christian religion and is a pilgrimage center for believers from all over the world. Befitting the holiness and greatness of the seat of the Pope. The Pope often visits and conducts religious ceremonies there, and it is one of the largest churches in the world!
A bit of history – the Basilica is named after Saint Peter, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus. Saint Peter is considered one of the founders of Catholic Christianity. The construction of the new Basilica, which exists today, began after the old model was destroyed. Several architects participated in the renovation and planning. The construction was finished over a hundred years. The church was officially inaugurated in November 1626. The district in which it is located is named Piazza San Pietro.
What to see – the Basilica is a vast building that can house about 20 thousand people simultaneously. Inside the building, visitors will find unique works of art, including a famous sculpture by the great Italian artist Michelangelo (called The Pieta), a magnificent bronze canopy designed by the artist Bernini and an impressive statue of the church’s star, St. Peter.
An imposing part of the Basilica is its large dome, designed by various artists, including the sculptor Michelangelo. The dome stands out from the outside with a height of 136 meters. This dome was a source of inspiration worldwide, just like the St. Paul Cathedral in London. The climb to the top of the dome can be a bit challenging because the stairs are designed in a spiral and narrow and steep space. From the top of the dome, you can get a view overlooking the whole quarter (St. Peter Square) and the city.
What’s in the area – the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Recommended to accompanied by a local guide so that you can get comprehensive explanations and you will skip the long lines at the entrance to places. To take full advantage of the visit to the Vatican and especially if it is essential for you to save time, it is recommended to schedule in advance with a guide or purchase a tour through the hotel, online, or at one of the local travel agencies.
Opening times – from October to March, every day at 7:00-18:30. From April to September at 7:00-19:00. If you want to avoid unnecessary traffic, you should arrive in the afternoon until the evening, after the organized day tours are over.
Prices: Entrance to the Basilica is free. The climb to the top is done in two ways and involves a fee: 8 euros for the elevator + climbing 320 steps or 6 euros for a ticket for stairs only (551 steps). Also, you can add to the visit to the basilica audio guidance with headphones, with a ticket that will also buy you to skip the line and will cost you 19.5 euros (it is possible and recommended to order in advance on the website)
How to get there – by metro, line A (red line) to Ottaviano station.