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St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)

Vatican City, Italy
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As featured in 3 days in Rome
Ranked #7 of 23 attractions in Vatican City
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Walking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: 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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Mansfield, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Such a beautiful area! Make sure you go into the Basilica but also just walk around the square and sight see.

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San Francisco, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful colonnaded plaza at the front of the basilica, built so that everyone present can hear (Pope Frank's) addresses The bridge across the Tiber aligns perfectly with the center of the piazza, the center of the basilica's doors, and the center of the balcony that the Pope uses for praying for the public: "Domini, Domini, Domini...You're all... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

When standing on circles in specific spot of the square the columns appear only one deep due to the perfect alignment of each row of 4.

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Houston, Texas
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I booked this through our cruise line tours, and it was great! The tour lasts all day as we went to the Colosseum first but it was definitely worth it! The details in Italy's buildings and sculptures is everything!! It makes America's building and churches look like child's play! If you are going to go to Italy this is a... More

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Pickerington, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

After attending Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, we stood in St. Peter's Square in anticipation of the delivering of a benediction by Pope Francis. Although it was jam-packed with people by the time Pope Francis appeared, the crowd was very orderly and respectful, without a heavy police or security presence. The square is beautiful, clean, safe, and wide open... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

At first glance you think wow. After taking a tour and learning the history about many of the architectural features it's hard to put into words how astounding it truly is.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The square faces St. Peter's cathedral, so you can see the massive front of the church. I am not Roman Catholic, so it had no special meaning for me. It is just a huge square which you walk through to access the church. Definitely not worth a special visit unless you are going to visit St Peters, or are Roman... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

It's a public square, so you don't have to go to the Vatican to see St. Peter's, and I have to say, it is awesome to be in such an impressive and filmed Piazza. How many movies have you seen this space... and now you're IN IT. Yes.... the other half of humanity that's not IN the Vatican is IN... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

It is a beautiful place to visit, though is pack with tourist is an amazing site. The statues, the architecture in general makes you feel so small and appreciate what was done so long ago, its like being back in time, walking those sacred places where the likes of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, Bernini walked. The place is vibrant with... More

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Gelnhausen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

You need to be there to absorb in the fact that.....this is that very Virtuous place where the Pope showers his blessings on his people. We however did not get the chance to see him or witness any of the Papal masses but the Square in itself always captivates you...and you can spend hours just sitting there admiring this wondrous... More

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