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 a very nice place to go. A lot of things to visit around. However is good to arrive early once that there is lines for everything and they are not so organized with it. To avoid problems is good to plan your visit at Vatican City with extra time. The museum and the top of the St. Peters church requires tickets. All the other around are free entrance. The Sistine Chapel is open only during the morning so prepare yourself for it if you want to visit.
  • Very beautiful square. One of the most famous and beautiful square in Italy. Though it is very crowded in almost every season, it is worth a visit. Make sure to wear good footwear as you will have to walk a lot here.
  • Absolutely an humbling experience to walk around Vatican City. Amazing architecture - unbelievable the vastness of the square. Everywhere you look, you will see something even more wonderful. Truly for me it was a once in a lifetime experience. So glad I had the opportunity to experience this.
  • Absolutely gorgeous and awe inspiring, even if you are not a Catholic (I am not). The architecture is gorgeous and astounding, particularly beneath the pillars surrounding the piazza. You definitely realize how vast everything is and how small you truly are in comparison.
  • An absolutely beautiful sight to see. The architecture is out of this world, especially when checking out the inside of the cathedral. Every detail is quite breathtaking and is an obvious must-see for anyone visiting Rome!

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