St Peter's Basilica lies above a shrine said to mark the burial ground of the saint. Inside is Michelangelo's Pietà and Arnolfo da Cambio's bronze statue of St Peter, which is famed for its foot being worn to a nub by pilgrims' kisses. Extras include entry to the dome, the Vatican Gardens, and the Vatican Grottoes.
Things to see in Rome
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The main APT tourist office is a five-minute walk from Termini station and offers information on everything tourist-related in Rome. There are also 14 convenient tourist information kiosks (PIT) dotted around the city that can give you maps and pamphlets, and sell tickets for tourist buses and boats. Most kiosks are open 0930-1915.
The Rome tourist board offers the Roma Pass (www.romapass.it), which includes free access to the first two museums and/or archaeological sites, and discounts thereafter, plus free travel on public transport. It's valid for 48 hours or three days. Buy it from any tourist information point, participating museum or site.
The Roma Archeologia Card allows entrance to the Colosseum, Palatino, Terme di Caracalle, Museo Nazionale Romano (Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Terme di Diocleziano, Crypta Balbi), the tomb of Cecilia Metella and Villa dei Quintili. The pass is valid for seven days from the first day of use and can be purchased at any of the participating monuments or museums.
Alternatively, holders of the 3-day OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card (www.romeandvaticanpass.com) get free entry to the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel, complimentary access to a further two major attractions, including The Coliseum and the Roman Forum, plus a hop-on-hop-off bus tour ticket, unlimited travel on public transport and a guidebook. It also allows discounted entry to over 30 others sights and museums.