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  • Address: Piazza san Pietro
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

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St Peter's Square

St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro) is the grand colonnaded area in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. A visually imposing entry to this great church, the semi-circular colonnades on either side designed by the Roman Baroque sculptor Bernini, seem to reach out and enfold you in their arms. Within the colonnade lies the security-check for entry to St. Peter's and, on the other side, the Vatican post office, because the Vatican is its own municipality with its own stamps.

During times such as the death of a pope or election of a new one, and at Easter and Christmas, the piazza is jammed with pilgrims from all over the world.

Practical Info

St. Peter's Square is easy to reach. Metro line A stops Ottaviano-S.Pietro-Musei Vaticano or Cipro. Tramway 19 to Piazza del Risorgimento, or various buses. You can also walk from the centre of Rome across Ponte Sant'Angelo and up towards the piazza for the most breathtaking approach. 

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15143 Reviews

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.47

Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation

4.5 star rating: Recommended 520 Reviews

Book your ticket for a Papal Audience with Pope Francis I in the Vatican City. The Papal Audience tickets are free of charge but you must reserve them. This ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.45

Rome Christmas Day Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Looking for something to do in Rome on Christmas Day? Join our very special Rome Christmas Day Walking Tour and see the Eternal City in its holiday splendor ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.15

Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Independent Rome Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks at the Civitavecchia port, embark on an independent shore excursion to Rome. Your private driver will pick you up and take you to ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.00

Illuminated Rome Night Tour with Aperitivo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 155 Reviews

See an illuminated Rome on a 2.5-hour nighttime sightseeing tour. You’ll start at a local wine bar to enjoy a traditional ‘aperitivo’ – a glass of fine wine ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.23

Rome Squares and Fountains Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Explore Rome's classical squares and fountains as you take this morning walking tour. On this tour you'll discover St Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona, the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.21

Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 165 Reviews

Start your day at the Vatican with a lavish buffet breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard! After entering the Vatican Museums before the general public, sit down ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $138.43

Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 93 Reviews

See the best of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on a comprehensive 1.15-hour walking tour. Led by a knowledgeable Vatican guide, your tour starts with a ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $22.22

Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including views from the Top of the Cupola

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

Skip the line to St Peter's Basilica with a guided walking tour and a visit to the cupola. Ride an elevator to the cupola and admire the mosaic designs of ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.15

Vatican Private Tour of St Peter's Basilica including the Cupola and Vatican Mosaic Studio

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore two Vatican landmarks with your very own private guide on this 4.5-hour tour. Head up to the top of Michelangelo’s majestic cupola to take in ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $141.11

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