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

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. For St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro) and beyond, use our Vatican City trip planning website to get the most from your Vatican City vacation.
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  • Although the basilica is free the queue is enormous - several hours, even mid week in late October. We regretfully skipped the visit. The square itself is cool and back left there is a Vatican Guard i...  more »
  • Attended the 10.15 am Papal Mass on Sunday 13 Oct 2019. Went to the Square at 8 am and managed to choose good seats. This time, we opted to move to the side, right at the barrier where we know the Pop...  more »
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