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Piazza di San Pietro

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Piazza di San Pietro.

Piazza di San Pietro features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Rome City Guide3-day Rome City Guide5-day Rome City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • One of the best known squares in the world
  • Impressive design of Bernini

Time required: 30 minutes

Public transport:

  • Metro Line A: Ottaviano San Pietro station

Address: Piazza di San Pietro, Rome

Things you need to know:

  • Piazza di San Pietro is the impressive square right in front of St. Peter's Basilica, the world's largest Catholic church
  • Bernini's colonnade on both sides of the square was designed to mimic a human embrace
  • The Obelisk in the center comes from Egypt and once stood at Nero's Circus where St. Peter was martyred in A.D. 64

What to do there:

  • Walk around the huge square
  • Admire Bernini's remarkable colonnades
  • On the square you will find the Vatican Post Office famous for its stamps. You can send a postcard from there

Tips & Insights:

  • Beautiful day or night
  • When in the town the pope gives a mass audience on Wednesday morning. You have to book a free ticket by calling this number: +39-669-884-857

Piazza di San Pietro features in these preplanned City Guides: