Planning to visit St Peters Basilica Rome? Find out the best way to visit this amazing church!
Visiting the Vatican is usually at the top of everyone's list when they visit Rome, especially for first-time visitors.
Here's everything you need to know so you can make the most out of your visit to this spectacular church:
It is free to visit St Peters basilica Rome. However, you have to go through security (like at the airport), and even with many lanes open, this still takes time, resulting in long lines, most of the day and throughout the year. It's no longer the case that you can just show up and go straight in to the basilica.
There are, however, 3 ways to avoid the queues.
The basilica is pretty crowded and full of visitors year-round. Even in low season (winter), you will find the basilica crowded, and with long queues to get in. This is one of the highlights of a visit to Rome, so there is often a line.
The Pope holds mass in St Peter's basilica on special occasions, such as during Christmas and Easter. Normally when you visit St. Peter's basilica, you will not find the Pope there. In fact, if the pope is holding a mass, the basilica will be closed for visits.
To find out the Pope's schedule, visit the Vatican website, and click on the calendar.
There are many ways you CAN see the Pope in Rome, not just at St. Peter's Basilica. These include the Papal Audience, as well as liturgical masses and other events. Visit my page about how to see the Pope in Rome for more details.
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