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  • Address: Piazza San Pietro, Rome 00165, Italy
  • Hours: Daily 7am–7pm (6pm in winter)
  • Admission: Varies

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La Pieta Tours

Taking prize place in St Peter's Basilica, just a short stroll from the world-famous Vatican Museums and the magnificent Sistine Chapel, is another one of Michelangelo's masterpieces—La Pieta. 

The remarkable five-foot-tall sculpture, which depicts the Virgin Mary holding the body of Jesus after he was brought down from the cross, was carved from a single block of Carrara marble and was the first of Michelangelo's works to earn him acclaim. Dating back to the late 1490s, the piece was damaged and partially restored back in 1972, and today stands protected by a bulletproof glass screen.

Visitors can see La Pieta for free during a visit to St Peter's Basilica, but with such huge crowds, it’s best to book a skip-the-line tour and benefit from the knowledge of a guide. St Peter's Basilica is often combined with a visit to the Top of the Dome or a tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, where more of Michelangelo's works can be seen.

Practical Info

La Pieta is located inside St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. The cathedral is open daily from 7am to 7pm (or 6pm in winter). Admission is free.

Did you know? La Pieta is the only work that Michelangelo ever signed—his signature can be found chiseled across Mary's chest.

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Peter's Tomb: Exclusive Visit of the Basilica & Its Necropolis, Rome, null
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Peter's Tomb: Exclusive Visit of the Basilica & Its Necropolis

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St. Peter's TOMB! Very exclusive visit of the Scavi (necropolis) of St. Peter's Basilica. Start your 2.5 hour tour the right way with your small group into ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $70.62
Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour

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This comprehensive 3-hour Vatican tour includes Sistine Chapel, the extensive Vatican Museums and the ‘Vatacombs’ - the final resting place of many popes. ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.80
No-Wait Dedicated Access: St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour, Rome, Cultural Tours
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No-Wait Dedicated Access: St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

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See the best of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on a comprehensive 1.15-hour walking tour. Led by a knowledgeable Vatican guide, your tour starts with a ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $32.32
24 or 48hr Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Skip-the-line Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, Rome, ... 
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24 or 48hr Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Skip-the-line Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Explore Rome at your leisure with this CitySightSeeing hop-on- hop-off ticket valid for 24 or 48-hours. These feature gives you the opportunity to choose your ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 1 to 2 days

From USD $118.49
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel, Small-Group Upgrade Option, Rome, ... 
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel, Small-Group Upgrade Option

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Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this guided Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! See Raphael’s ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.21
Sistine Chapel before Crowds: Small-Group Vatican Tour with Breakfast prior to Entrance, Lazio, ... 
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Sistine Chapel before Crowds: Small-Group Vatican Tour with Breakfast prior to Entrance

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Marvel at the glorious Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive on this exclusive 3.5-hour small group Vatican tour. The carefully crafted itinerary covers all ...  Read more

Location: Vatican City, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

From USD $104.13
Skip-the-line Private Tour of The Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter, Rome, ... 
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Skip-the-line Private Tour of The Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter

On this private tour you will have the chance to visit the highlights of the Vatican city with a  t op rated local guide. You will not be standing in the long ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.58
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

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Enjoy a 3 hour walking tour gaining access to one of the best museum in the world! The guide will take to visit the Vatican Museums and the vast art ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.84
Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica Small Group Tour, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica Small Group Tour

This tour allows you to enjoy an infinite number of masterpieces like Michelangelo's "Pietà" and "Last Judgment”, gorgeous works by Bernini, ...  Read more

Location: Vatican City, Vatican City
Duration: 2 to 3 hrs

From USD $88.57
Vatican Skip the Line Private Tour including St Peter's Basilica and Dome, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Vatican Skip the Line Private Tour including St Peter's Basilica and Dome

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You will meet your guide outside the Vatican Museum and bypassing the queues with your skip-the-line ticket you gain immediate entry to the museum complex. ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.52

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