St. Peter’s Basilica: The Holiest Site of Rome

Rome, Italy

Abigail Blasi










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St. Peter’s Basilica, is a stunning building that dominates the skyline of Rome and has roofed many glorious moments in the history of Christianity. From the martyrdom of St. Peter to the lives of his successors who shaped the development of Rome, St Peter’s Basilica is brimming with stories and mysteries.


  • The Piazza

    1. The Piazza

    Designed to foreground the splendor and power of the Church, St Peter’s square is a 17th-century masterpiece, inspired by the artistic genius of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Bramante, and Fontana.
  • The facade

    2. The facade

    The facade of St. Peter’s Basilica is an example of the Baroque style. Resulting as a reaction to the iconoclasm of the Reformation, the Baroque compositions were meant to convey the Church’s spiritual message.
  • The Pieta, by Michelangelo

    3. The Pieta, by Michelangelo

    One of the most iconic sculptures created by Michelangelo, the Pieta, is the only artwork that has been signed by the High Renaissance Master.

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Abigail Blasi

Abigail Blasi is a travel writer specialising in Italy. She has written on Rome for Lonely Planet and multiple newspapers and magazines.

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Starting point Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Finishing point Underneath St Peter
Areas Piazza Pope’s Secret Escape Route,Navicella Holy Door Pieta, Saint Sebastian & Saint John Paul II Altar of St Jerome, Baldachin, Cathedra of Saint Peter, Monument to Pius VII, Vatican Grottoes
Opening hours St Peter's Basilica is open daily, April-Sept 7am-7pm and Oct-March 7am-6pm.
Directions to Starting Point Take Linea A (red line) toward Battistini and exit at Ottaviano-S. Pietro. Walk south on Via Ottaviano toward St. Peter's Square. If you choose to go on foot from the city center, the most direct route is to cross the Tiber and walk straight up Via Conciliazione.

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.

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