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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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Melbourne, Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It was so interesting to see this place for myself. I could not believe how many people were in the square, this place is so busy. The queues for both the Vatican and for St Peters basilica was incredible. The queue was over an hours wait. Fun to see where the Pope speaks from.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We happened upon a day when the Pope was holding service. We got there just in time for the English translation. Must say that it was a very moving experience to be there during mass rather than just wondering through St. Peter's Square during a regular tour.

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Mansfield, Ohio
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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

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

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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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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

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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