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Tickets for Saint Paul's Basilica: Audio Guide

See St. Paul’s tomb and learn about a monk's life

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Overview
Opening hours
St. Paul's Basilica
Today:  07:00 - 18:30
Tomorrow:  07:00 - 18:30
Thursday:  07:00 - 18:30
Friday:  07:00 - 18:30
Saturday:  07:00 - 18:30
Sunday:  07:00 - 18:30
Monday:  07:00 - 18:30
Cloister, Pinacoteca, A. Area
Today:  08:30 - 18:15
Tomorrow:  08:30 - 18:15
Thursday:  08:30 - 18:15
Friday:  08:30 - 18:15
Saturday:  08:30 - 18:15
Sunday:  08:30 - 18:15
Monday:  08:30 - 18:15
Duration
1.5 hours
Highlights
  • Learn the fascinating history of St. Paul's Basilica outside the walls and choose from two audio guides: focus on the church itself, or go deluxe and hear about (and see) the Cloisters, the Pinacoteca and the Archaeological Area
  • See the largest church in Rome after St Peter’s, originally founded by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century!
  • Learn about the life of a monk when you visit the Cloisters, built between 1208 and 1235, and see real relics
Description

St. Paul Outside the Walls is the largest church in Rome (after St Peter’s). The original burned down in the 19th century, but many of the original treasures survived: the 5th-century triumphal arch, the Gothic marble tabernacle shimmering over the high altar, and the nearby Benedictine Abbey. Grab one of two different audio guides - either focus on the basilica, or get access to the whole area.

A lot of what stands on the site of this incredible basilica is a 19th-century reconstruction - the original was destroyed by fire in 1823. Pity the poor workman who was repairing the lead on the roof of the 4th-century church and caused the damage.

The good news is that the present church is a faithful reconstruction of the original. Enjoy your audio guide's explanation of the history of this remarkable church and see many of the surviving ancient treasures: the 5th-century mosaic-encrusted triumphal arch, the Gothic marble tabernacle, and the 12th century Romanesque Paschal candlestick with its weird animal-like creatures, literally designed to put the fear of God into worshipers.

Speaking of fear, under the windows of the nave is a cycle of papal portraits: every pope since St Peter is represented. Legend has it that when there's no more room to add a pope, the world will end. Let's hope they're planning an extension!

Speaking of extensions, if you want to see everything this spot has to offer, get the option that includes the Cloisters of the Benedictine Abbey, the Archaeological Area (including the tomb of St. Paul himself, the patron saint of, among others, authors, public workers and saddlemakers), and the Pinacoteca (painting gallery).

There's so much to see and hear about at this significant church just a little off the beaten path. Get in and get informed!

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Smartphone tickets accepted
What's included
  • Option 1: Audio guide and ticket for St. Paul’s Basilica
  • Option 2: Audio guide and ticket for St. Paul’s Basilica, The Cloister, The Pinacoteca and The Archeological Area
Instructions

After the security checks, go through the main entrance. On the left side of the Colonnade you'll find the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi stand where you need to show your tickets.

Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
1,Piazzale San Paolo, 00146, Rome
Key info
Audio guide
English, Italian, Spanish, French and German
Wheelchair accessible
Yes, but not for the archaeological area
Additional info

Getting There

From Termini Station, take the metro line B toward Laurentina and get off at San Paolo Basilica.

Insider tip

The basilica of St. Paul's is surrounded by a beautiful park. After your visit to the church take a stroll and relax. You can also get a Gelato at La Romana, the best ice cream in town!

Paolo
Regional Manager
Reviews
May 28, 2018
Mooie grote kerk, niet zo druk en toeristisch. zeker een aanrader.
Mar 12, 2018
Het was prachtig
Nov 1, 2017
Excelente
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