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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  • Definitely the visit to Vatican must get into your program... It will be devoted half a day or so but will reward you all that you will see.. Attention: shoulders and knees, or you don't enter St. Peter's Church.
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  • In Rome you must see the Vatican and all the associated areas. This is an impressive place. Try and go to see a mass in Wednesday’s or whenever the Pope is there.  more »
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