St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), Vatican City

Experience the reverence of the Pope--and the heart of Catholicism--in the historic St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), the area in front of St. Peter's Basilica. During the Pope's weekly blessing, the plaza is filled with thousands of spectators. During the rest of the week, you can admire 17th-century Baroque architecture and the massive stone colonnades that frame the entrance to the basilica. A 25.5 m (84 ft) tall red-granite Egyptian obelisk marks the center of the plaza. For St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro) and beyond, use our Vatican City trip planning website to get the most from your Vatican City vacation.
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  • A true landmark of Vatican City! A must-see in Rome! A good idea would be to go early in the morning to avoid overly-long lines and the heat! We went earlier and the line was very short! (before noon)...  more »
  • This was amazing. Free to enter and no queues! Lots of space for photos and a real sight to behold! I would highly recommend seeing this spot, and trying to appreciate its wonder.  more »
  • Huge and monumental oval Plaza that leads to the basilica. Surrounded by the immense Bernini's colonnade and enhanced by the Egyptian obelisk and the two fountains. An excellent show that speaks of the greatness of this city.
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  • A presa x ride: rooms that do not match the photo. Reservation for 2 nights for 13 people (made in November) contacted one week before and also the day before to make sure everything is ok, because it was a gift from us daughters to our parents for their 50th anniversary and I asked for the best room for them. Arriving on site tells me that the rooms weren't ready and I will delivery 2, other 3 would give 13. Then on our return tells us that there was a mix up and that 2 of us would sleep in a nearby building. We don't want to accept, but then tells me that other 2 must trasfrirsi. Then after various discussions, offers us all a 13 x 20 minutes of his property. Despite the hardships x the distance we accept, claim that accompany us, but coming up we find that the property is not his and that we could stay only 1 night. Then there begin other discussions, the end that blowhard of Mr. Donato was given ritornandoci the deposit. Spoiled vacation
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