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.
Create an itinerary including St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)
map
St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro) Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
6,937 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • A fantastic and impressive buildings, but at the same time a crazy one monument that shows what can happen when someone gets too much power and money. And most often it is religion that is located at the bottom of all these buildings, so too here. But for a building works, and for a piazza. It is easy to imagine thousands of spectators here, when the Pope gives his blessing. This is monumental.
    View original
  • Place of the vatican to see the Vatican position on the left side when looking at the Basilica. 2 points d information Omnia on the left side
    View original
  • The square and the heart of the Vatican City State, a majority. Procession to the Cathedral in the square. But time was abandoned Cathedral. Next time we'd be in
    View original
Google
  • 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!

Plan your trip to Vatican City

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Vatican City

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Vatican City by other users

11 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 28 days in Vatican City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 11 days in Italy BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Europe BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Ireland & Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Europe & Africa BY A USER FROM MONGOLIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SPAIN April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Vatican City BY A USER FROM INDIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans