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St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)

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Address: Vatican City, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 06 6988 1840
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This grand and magnificent square has retained its classical beauty and...

This grand and magnificent square has retained its classical beauty and serves as the place from which the masses receive the Pope's weekly blessing.

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Beautiful place, very busy, street sellers

Beautiful place to go to. Recommend wearing tops that cover your shoulders and trousers below the knees as most people do but not all. Very long queue to get into what I think... read more

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Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful place to go to. Recommend wearing tops that cover your shoulders and trousers below the knees as most people do but not all. Very long queue to get into what I think was the chapel. So had to give that a miss. Had street sellers inside the area outside St. Peter's Basilica which was a shame but wasn't too... More 

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Camberley, Surrey
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's everything you expect and more. The view as you walk into the square is amazing - pictures don't do it justice. It takes your breath away. The only downside - you will be unceasingly harangued by people trying to sell you guided tours - and they can be persistent, which is annoying if you don't want one.

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London, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice place to people watch and the guards can be entertaining to watch. But don't go on Wednesdays because there is a mass and the security is very high.

Thank Jen A
Macomb, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I can only imagine how many people crowd here when the pope is out and for mass. Very big area. Shops around are expensive

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Midvale, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

He's the guy who designed these 'loving arms of the church' coming down and out into the 'square' (really a nice rectangly thing and then a big oval with an obelisk and couple fountains). 140 statues. I don't know, that's just rome though right? everybody's a sculptor apparently. Everywhere you look is something beautiful and looks like it took decades... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Rome and in particular St Peters Square is absolutely stunning. Amazing views at every turn. Totally unmissable.

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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Despite the crowds you can still soak up the atmosphere and feel the presence. Such a peaceful and awe inspiring place. You can imagine what it must be like when the Pope comes out on the balcony.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This piazza is gigantic and Pope worthy. The photos can't give you a true understanding of the size. Just stroll through after visit to Vatican and St Peter's Basilica.

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Murrieta, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were able to attend Easter Mass on April 16 9 rows back in the square. The square itself is huge, and during mass, it can hold over 100,000 people. Two colonnades containing many columns border the square. The Square provides many photo opportunities. The best way to experience the square is to walk towards it from Castel Sant'Angelo. As... More 

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Michigan City, Indiana
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the place we all see on television where thousands of people wait to look at the color of smoke as a new pope is elected. It's an impressive plaza. If you haven't bought a ticket or a tour, this is where people wait in the hot sun for hours to try to get a ticket to enter The... More 

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