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St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), Vatican City
Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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Amazing to think of everything that has happened in this square. A must see for anyone visiting Rome.
amazing and huge but always so crowded. it's difficult to take a decent photo and there is a bunch of vendors asking you to book a tour with them, don't do it! book your tickets in advanced!
If you are like me and visit the square after the Vatican Museums then this will feel like a breath of fresh air as you stand in square and take it all in. I hadn't expected it to be quite so vast. It... read more »
Really impressive and something to behold if you visit while the Pope is giving Sunday Mass. Naturally it is completely free to be in the square for proceedings, so you really don't have an excuse to miss out on what is a very beautiful space. Plus you get to add one more to your list of countries you have visited.
Dr Nicholas Exadaktylos
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.
Very historic and special place. It's pretty much always crowded though. The volunteers are a bit overzealous when you near the security area, and stop you from taking pictures there. But you can take all the pic you want after. At 4pm near the exit, there's the change of the Swiss Guards, in case you wanna watch.
Breathtaking. When entering the colonnade from the side, all of a sudden you feel embraced by the huge and majestic colonnade. Kudos to the architect... He really managed to make the colonnade feel as two huge friendly arms embracing ech individual in the piazza.
Uday vir singh
Beautifull place .. Do also do a tour of the vatican museums & the sistine chapel. If u have the time do visit it in the evening as well it look amazing under the lights
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