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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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  • I've always wanted to visit St. Peter's....and NOW I have. It is such an immense space. Got a good cardio workout making a lap around it. Great place to clear one's mind after touring the Vatican Muse...  more »
  • Photos are allowed but be wary of the people who will try to sell you everything and anything before entering the square eg selfie equipment and other things not worthy of a dollar or a euro. This squ...  more »
  • It's a beautiful place, the works are great, the columns, the St. Peter's Basilica in the background. I went during a weekday, it rained a lot, the basilica was closed in parts, for some repairs. He didn't have much time, I chose to visit the Vatican Museum, until the issue of rain.
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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.