Visit St Peter’s Basilica! Being one of the largest and most important churches in the world, it enjoys a great deal of popularity. After all, it towers over the tomb of Saint Peter, the first pope, and houses some of the greatest masterpieces of all times. Missing out on exploring this one-of-a-kind temple is simply unthinkable.
However, since entering the basilica is free, the incredibly high number of visitors create 3-to-4-hour long queue. Aren’t a huge fan of waiting around? Nor are we! St Peter’s Basilica Fast Track ticket with Dedicated Access allows you to bypass the line as well as enjoy the visit at your own pace using your mobile phone or tablet as an audio guide. Booking St Peter’s Basilica fast track ticket with dedicated access guarantees you a true fast track entrance. [readmore] Book a visit and, at the given time slot and date, come to the meeting point indicated on your booking confirmation. You can search and download POP Guide app from IOS or Google Play for free any time before that. At the meeting point outside St Peter’s square, our staff will provide you with a special QR code allowing you to download the St Peter’s basilica audio-guided tour from POP Guide into your smart device. The best thing is, this app runs on GPS only so won’t use any of your data.
At last, you will be escorted to enter the Basilica via a dedicated access point. You will skip the main long queue but still pause shortly to pass through the security check. Then you are free to discover the works of the greatest artists of all time through an audio guide featuring 31 points of interests including - among others - the magnificent Pietà by Michelangelo, the Baldacchino by Bernini, and the St. Peter’s Chair (Cattedra Sancti Petri).
Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before your chosen time so you do not lose your time slot
Cover your knees and shoulders to be admitted
A student must carry ID to collect the tickets of Saint Peter Basilica
Security check before you enter St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
Ensue your smartphone is sufficiently charged to use POP Guide
When visiting the Vatican, most people don’t realize that there are two separate queues for the basilica and museum entrance. So, unless you go for a full Vatican tour, you’ll have to queue again to enter the church. Booking St Peter’s Basilica Fast Track tickets with Dedicated Access solves the issue and saves you a great deal of time and trouble. Not only it enables you to get inside St Peter’s swiftly and without frustration, but you are also provided assistance at the meeting point and subsequent escort to the dedicated access.
Plus, a detailed audio guide makes the visit really worthwhile. Instead of carrying around an old heavy radio, you can listen to the stories of St Peter’s basilica enjoy the comforts of your smartphone or tablet. All that without spending your mobile data, as the app works entirely on GPS. Visiting the Vatican has never been so easy!
Peter was one of the 12 apostles and the first ever pope martyred under the reign of Emperor Nero. A couple of centuries later, Emperor Constantine, the first Christian emperor of Rome, decided to build a church dedicated to Saint Peter on the Vatican Hill, the supposed location of St. Peters tomb.
St. Peter's Basilica Art and Architecture
Nonetheless, the basilica we see today is not the original. The first basilica was an astounding feat of architecture and engineering and stood for over a thousand years. Around that time it started to severely deteriorate, and Pope Julius (the same one who commissioned the painting of the Sistine Chapel) was smart enough to conclude it was beyond repair. Thus, the basilica was demolished and rebuilt; it took 120 years and some of the most gifted architects of the Roman Renaissance and Baroque: Michelangelo, Donato, Bramante, Raphael, Giacomo Della Porta, and Maderno.
There is more to explore in the church than just the fascinating facade and the splendid interior. Two levels hide below the basilica: Vatican Grottoes (underground graveyard where the ninety-one Popes are buried) and below that, Necropolis.
Strict Dress Code Alert! There is a strict dress code due to which many tourists leave the Vatican disappointed because they were refused admittance. You must wear shoes (not flip-flops or sandals with open toes) and you need to cover your shoulders and knees. This applies to both men and women. Forget about making your way inside in shorts or a short skirt. Also, you need to take your hat off before stepping in.