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  • Address: Piazza san Pietro, Vatican City 00120, Italy
  • 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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Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation, Rome, null
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Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation

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See the pope and his cardinals deliver their weekly address in Vatican City with a ticket to the papal audience. Follow a local guide through the crowds to a ...  Read more

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

From USD $42.59
Papal Audience Ticket at Vatican City, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Papal Audience Ticket at Vatican City

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Bookings are essential if you'd like to attend a Papal Audience with Pope Francis I at the Vatican. Tickets are free of charge but they are limited and you ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.40
Vatican Private Tour of St Peter's Basilica including the Cupola and Vatican Mosaic Studio, Rome, ... 
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Vatican Private Tour of St Peter's Basilica including the Cupola and Vatican Mosaic Studio

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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 $121.33
Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St Peter’s and Sistine Chapel, Rome, Private ... 
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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

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See the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums in one morning on this intimate, small-group Vatican walking tour! Starting early in the morning to beat ...  Read more

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

From USD $102.10
Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour

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This comprehensive 3-hour Vatican tour includes Sistine Chapel, the extensive Vatican Museums and the ‘Vatacombs’ — the final resting place of many popes. ...  Read more

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

From USD $64.42
Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour with Hotel pick-up, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour with Hotel pick-up

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Explore the Vatican Museums and see the Sistine Chapel one hour before the general public with this private early-bird 4-hour tour. Venture into museums with ...  Read more

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

From USD $107.01
Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including Views from the Top of the Dome, Rome, ... 
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Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including Views from the Top of the Dome

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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 $50.23
Private Vatican Tour with Hidden Gems Including Hotel Pickup, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Private Vatican Tour with Hidden Gems Including Hotel Pickup

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Enjoy this exclusively designed private tour of the stunning Vatican museums and its hidden gems - the second largest and the fifth most visited art museum in ...  Read more

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

From USD $86.26
Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Independent Rome Day Trip, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Independent Rome Day Trip

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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 $109.19
No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica Guided Tour, Rome, Ports of Call Tours
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No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

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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 $28.39

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