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St Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

St Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

The Basilica lies above the reputed site of St. Peter's tomb. It is an overwhelming interior, containing notable sculptures including Michelangelo's , which is protected by bullet-proof glass since the damaging attack on it in 1972. In the central aisle stands Arnolfo da Cambio's bronze statue of St Peter, its foot worn down by the constant flow of pilgrims' kisses. Proudly resting above the papal altar is Bernini's . The Vatican Grottoes, containing papal tombs, can be reached by steps from the statue of St Longinus. The Necropolis is located one level below the grottoes. This is the legendary site of St Peter's tomb and advance permission has to be obtained to view it. A strict dress code is in place for the Basilica and no shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts are allowed (for men and women).


Address: Piazza San Pietro
Website: www.stpetersbasilica.org
Transportation: Metro line A (the red line)to Ottaviano stop, or bus to Piazza del Risorgimento
Opening Time: Open daily from 7am to 7pm (April to September), and 7am to 6pm (October to March)
Admission: Entry to the Basilica is Free. Entry to the Dome is EUR4 (EUR5 with lift); and entry to the Necropolis is EUR10

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