Vatican City Travel Blog› entry 4 of 10 › view all entries
After crossing the river we walked to Via della Consiliazione (Road of the Conciliation). The street is roughly 500 m in length, and it connects Saint Peter's Square to the Castel Sant'Angelo. The road as it looks today is not as old as one could imagine. It was constructed between 1936 and 1950, and it is the primary access route to the Square. In addition to the usual lining of shops and residences, it is bordered by a number of historical and religious buildings – including the Palazzo Torlonia, the Palazzo dei Penitenzieri and the Palazzo dei Convertendi, and the churches of Santa Maria in Traspontina and Santo Spirito in Sassia.
We followed the street and ended at the square Piazza Pio XII and finally entering the huge Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter's Square) in front of the large Basilica di San Pietro. The Basilica of Saint Peter is officially known in Italian as the Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly called Saint Peter's Basilica, is one of four major basilicas of Rome.
We decided not to go in to the church because the queue was enormous and we arrived to late to get an early start.