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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  • You cant help but ad mire the scale and beautty of the square, despite the thousands of tourists, trying to get the perfect photo. With the backdrop of the Basilica, and surrounded by the hugh marble ...  more »
  • A nice space to visit, even if just to look at St Peter's or read a book. Free to enter with no horrific queue too, which makes unique at the Vatican.  more »
  • We went for a papal audience and saw the pope. Another day we just walked around and took in everything. The work of Bernini was just incredible.  more »
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  • It’s an impressive and big place surrounded by a way made of columns and topped with statues. It’s a truly remarkable arrangement. The queue seems quite long to line up to get into the St. Peter basilica, which is free of costs, but it doesn’t take that long. It took us around 30min and it’s definitely worth it to see the impressive inside. They sell fast entry tickets, but not sure how trustworthy they are. There are always guys selling you water, umbrellas and power banks while waiting in line.
  • Saint Peter's Square, the Vatican City and the city, is also the most famous square of the state. Saint Peter's Square is located on a wide area in front of St. Peter's Basilica, where thousands of Catholics come to worship each year. Area is one of the largest squares in the world. The famous sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini has spent many decades trying to have spaces and planes of today's columns. During the period in which the construction started, prohibitions were made on the constructions and visual sculptures by the Papacy and the constructions were made as foreseen by the church authorities. In the center of the square there is an ornate water fountain around the ellipse area. In the middle is an Egyptian obelisk, 25.5 meters high, erected by Pope V. Sixtus. This obelisk was built by an unknown pharaoh during the Egyptian era and was brought to Rome from Egypt. There is a cross cross on the obelisk. Every year, the Pope reads his message by calling out to Catholic and other sectarian listeners gathered in the square.
  • A very beautiful place. It has a good energy and good restaurants all around. The souvenirs inside aren't expensive and inside the place the architecture and the art are stunning. It's almost like in a museum, because the art is so rich. Besides, it's very cold in the winter. Go with gloves and bring some snacks for when you're in the line.
  • Truly and experience. The surrounding statues on top are monumental in their consistent quality. The place is absurdly well maintained and managed as to offer the best experience. Security measures are definitely in place with very visible law enforcement. One can feel very safe while in the crowd. To watch the Pope on Sunday one must go through a very time consuming security process so it is advised to make sure you have adequate time to get through before the Pope comes out. Overall a must see location!
  • Waited 1:45 to get in (105 minutes, too be clear), and it was really nice to see it but I am not doing it again. One star out because of organization. Security checks had only two gates open and at least three were closed. I think they want to have long lines as incentive for people to pay high prices for "cut the line" tickets. Inside was not crowded at all and they could have let more people in easily. But don't let this make you skip the visit. There is so much to see, it is huge, so art and history are all around you once you do get inside.
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