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

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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. Before you head to Vatican City, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Vatican City itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Vatican City has to offer, including St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro).
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  • Obviously when built the plaza waiting that was much people, because is very large. A good control to enter, as is typical in all them places where there is much people in Europe. No we had to witness a mass or message, but also the number of people in the square is always plentiful.
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  • Once you step into St. Peter's square, you feel embraced by it and the whole Catholic church along with it. The architectural shape is itself so motherly and warm.  more »
  • At first blush, this square looks like the annoying place you have to stand in a really long line to get into the church. However, I like it somewhat better. As I wrote in my review of the basilica, i...  more »
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  • B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!! So much history here and so beautiful. Great for photos. The basilica is amazing. They do not allow photography inside the basilica when there is prayer or mass. It is also very beautiful at night when lit. There are a lot of restaurants and bars in the area but expect to pay more because of location.
  • Vast and extravagant. Made huge on purpose, so that as many people as possible can see the pope and take his blessing. Bernini designed it on an unprecedented colossal scale to suit the space and evoke a sense of awe. Huge queues to enter the basilica too. Take a pair of binoculars to admire the statues on the colonnades the long time you wait to pass the controls to enter St Peter's basilica._
  • The Basilica is one huge art treasure, a holy, awe inspiring masterpiece collection of Christian history and testament to faith. Much of it designed by Bellini, the aesthetic is majestic and glorious. You need to spend several hours here, go in the Basilica, view the art, the sculptures, the papal catacomb, and if time, take the lift (7 euro) to the Dome where you can post from the Vatican Post Office there, or have a coffee and cake from the espresso bar on the roof whilst standing behind the statues of the apostles and overlooking St Peter's Square.
  • So the square was closed when I tried to enter. You had to pre-order tickets for the square (which was not an option online). Furthermore, you had to pay for a guided tour (extra expense) if you wanted to enter the square or St. Peter's Basilica. Overall, my Vatican experience left something to be desired. Hope others have a better time.
  • A great place to visit. I highly recommend going here in the evening, there's no security check line, no waiting, and you can walk around some of the square and enjoy the site. The buildings are lit up so it makes for some amazing photos.