Saints Peter and Paul Church Tours
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The Roman Catholic Saints Peter and Paul Church dates back to 1924, and its cathedral-like façade and twin spires tower over the north side of Washington Square Park. Located in San Francisco’s North Beach district, or Little Italy, the church still holds daily mass, but it’s best known for a photo op—Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe posed here after getting married.
Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Church is offered throughout the week. Inside, you can admire the church altar, carved from 40 tons of marble, as well as several small altars, shrines, statues, and the painted interior of the dome.
North Beach is often included on San Francisco city tours, including hop-on hop-off tours, ideal for independent travelers. A Segway tour, urban hike, or pub crawl offer entertaining ways to explore the neighborhood and pass the church with a guide.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Saints Peter and Paul Church is ideal for movie buffs (the church has featured in Dirty Harry and San Andreas) and those interested in Italian-American culture.
- Mass is offered in English, Italian, and Chinese on Sundays, in Latin on some Sundays, and in English during the week.
- If you drive, pay attention to posted signs about prohibited parking.
How to Get There
Conveniently located among Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and the Embarcadero, Saints Peter and Paul Church is easy to reach by cab, shared-ride vehicle, and public transportation. Take the Powell-Mason cable car or MUNI buses 41 or 45. Metered and street parking is available throughout the neighborhood for those who drive.
When to Get There
Mass services take place daily; schedules are posted on the church website. If you want to admire the church from the outside while discovering North Beach, go in the evening or on weekend afternoons, when sidewalk cafes and restaurants are full and locals are out strolling. The North Beach Festival, which takes place every June, features a variety of food stands and merchants selling art and jewelry.
Head two blocks down Filbert Street and uphill to Coit Tower, where views of downtown San Francisco, Alcatraz Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge can be found from the top of Telegraph Hill. The 210-foot-high (64-meter-high) tower, built in 1933, offers some of the best panoramic photo ops in the city.
Address: 666 Filbert Street, San Francisco, California, USA, USA
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Saints Peter and Paul Church
San Francisco is undoubtedly a hilly place, and this challenging 5-mile walking tour doesn’t shy away from the steepness. Instead, it takes you off the beaten path and onto some of the city’s stairways for an incredible exploration of several neighborhoods and downtown attractions. While meandering through SF’s Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill and North Beach neighborhoods, you’ll come upon some hidden gems, jaw-dropping views, and world-famous sites. Climb to Coit Tower via the Filbert Street Steps; ascend Lombard Street, often referred to as the crookedest street in the world; and discover a tiny park overlooking St Peter and Paul Church, where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio took their wedding pics after tying the knot at San Francisco City Hall.
Welcome to North Beach: a laidback district of San Francisco where the beat generation set up home back in the 1960s among the city’s many Italian residents. Lots of different cultures exist side by side here now, but the ‘Little Italy’ vibe lives on. If you’re in search of the city’s best Italian-influenced cuisine, you’ve certainly come to the right place! The tempting aromas in the air tell you this is a part of the city that’s packed with small,authentic Italian restaurants, bakeries, and cafés. On this private food tour, pick your favorite local, and they’ll help you seek out some of the very best places to eat like the locals do, from quick snacks to long sociable dinners or chats over coffee. Throughout your two-hour tour, you’ll sample delicious comfort food like a meatball panini, classic pizza cooked over coals, and a deli platter that features salami made to a century-old family recipe and much more if you join this privately guided tour now! So, what are you waiting for!?
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Saints Peter and Paul Church?
The best ways to experience Saints Peter and Paul Church are:
- San Francisco Urban Hike: Coit Tower, Lombard Street and North Beach
- The Flavors of Little Italy: North Beach Private Food Tour
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