Piazza San Pietro

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St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, Italy

Piazza San Pietro Vatican City Reviews

Zagnut66 Zagnut66
112 reviews
St. Peter's Square Mar 07, 2013
I went to Vatican City during the interregnum between Popes Benedict XVI and Francis in March 2013, which meant there were no Swiss Guards to be seen. Apparently they stand down during the absence of a pontiff. In their place were television news crews setting up for the conclave. My timing was really off for this trip. The Sistine Chapel closed the day I landed and the conclave began the day I left Rome. It also rained a lot. Maybe God was trying to tell me to become a Protestant.

St. Peter's Square was still fun to visit just to people watch. Probably the easiest border crossing in the world as well. I felt like I was cheating when checking off Vatican City as a country visited on the TravBuddy map. There is a post office stand in the square from which you can send home postcards with a Vatican stamp to impress your friends. Keep in mind that the Vatican Museum entrance is separate from the square, about a fifteen minute walk away. Another short walk down the Via della Conciliazione leads to the Castel Sant' Angelo, also worth visiting.
Heading to the Vatican
Vatican City
St. Peter's Square
The sun trying to peak out
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Great review and brilliant photos of the Piazza San Pietro here. - Thanks for the congrats on my award.
Posted on: May 10, 2014
spocklogic says:
One of the great squares of the Baroque style in the world! It just embraces you like arms wide open, inviting you inside and then dazzling you with architecture all around in exquisite detail!
Posted on: Jun 01, 2013
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realrv6 realrv6
63 reviews
Spectacular. Mar 22, 2008
The Piazza San Pietro (The Saint Peter’s Square) is a famous Bernini’s masterpiece of the 17th century.

It is dominated by the spectacular Michelangelo’s Dome of the Saint Peter’s Basilica. This is the largest Christian church in the World.

The square looks like a huge ellipse formed by 284 columns and 88 pillars arranged in 4 rows. Over them there are 150 statues of saints. At the center of the square, between two magnificent fountains, stands a 25,5 meter tall Egyptian obelisk of Ramses II. It was brought from Egypt by Caligula in 37 AD.

There is a particular point indicated by a stone in the floor, from where if we look at the colonnade, we have the impression of seeing only one single row of columns instead of four.

Saint Peter's Basilica
Saint Peter's Basilica
Sain Peter's Basilica from far
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yadilitta yadilitta
723 reviews
The famous Piazza San Pietro Jun 19, 2006
Maybe one of the most famous squares in the world. I recommend to arrive there early in order to enjoy it without worrying of many people.

When you are in Rome, you have to take some time to go to Vatican City (which is inside Rome) and visit the famous San Pietro.

What can you do there?

1. San Pietro Basel: with impressive architecture, walk through to the center and watch all the art pieces; climb to the cupola in order to get a nice view of Rome.

Among the different masterpieces you can find here, you'll see the Pietà, the major altar and San Pietro’s statue made of bronze.

From: 7:00-19:00; Cupola, 8:00 - sunset. You have to pay to climb

2.Vatican Necropolis, archaeologist zone under the Basel, walking through it lasts 1:30hrs open 9:00-17:00. You have to pay an entrace, but not that expensive.

If you want to buy souvenirs, don't do it here, you'll find cheap ones in any of the stores on Ottaviano.
inside the basel
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Eric Eric
408 reviews
Dec 15, 2005
This is the piazza, designed by Bernini, that sits in front of St. Peter's. The giant, paved street approaching the Piazza was built by Mussolini, and not part of the original design. Imagine some weary pilgrim wandering through a maze of small residential areas, and then suddenly rounding a corner and seeing a huge, wide open space with St. Peter's in the distance, to get a proper perspective of this place.The shape of the Piazza is a giant oval which is reminiscent of the oval design of Piazza Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo. Surrounding the piazza are hundreds of marble columns. On the tops of those columns are hundreds of statues of saints. One thing that I liked doing when I lived in Rome was grabbing a snack and eating it among the shade of the columns while watching the throngs of tourists go by.Another thing to notice is the 3000+ year old Egyptian obelisk in the center of the Piazza. This was meant to show that the imperial power of ancient Egypt had now been transferred to Rome. And if you notice the cross not so subtly grafted onto the top of the obelisk, you'll see that this power now rested with the church.
Obelisk in the center of the piazz…
One of the fountains on the side o…
Aerial view from the top of the ba…
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