St. Peter's Square
St. Peter's Square
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighbourhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighbourhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
How to get there
  • Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani • 10 min walk
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  • Andres72423
    Bridgeport, Connecticut4,768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Massive Piazza
    A massive Piazza which is the home to the Vatican City Museum, the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peter. When you walk in you are in awe of the grandness of this Piazza and of the history which has been made here. We had the opportunity to visit all three of the structures in the Piazza. Thousands of people move in and out on a regular basis.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Braco
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    This attraction is highly recommended and not to be missed. Despite visiting at 16:00 on a scorching day in July, the experience was truly remarkable. Surprisingly, the heat deterred many visitors, resulting in a pleasantly uncrowded environment.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, United Kingdom9,691 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spiritual Place
    This is probably the most visited square in Rome and it's easy to see why. The Basilica dominates the square and the statutes that adorn the columns and Basilica roof are stunning. If you manage to go inside the Basilica, which is free, you can pay to access the dome and get the iconic view of the square. It's well with the visit, go early as there is hardly anyone around.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia24,422 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Crowded World
    Thank goodness I have previously done St Peters Basilica on previous trips, the most recent a behind the lines tour in 2018! For mid May I was amazed at how many people were in the queue to enter? The lines snaked around the square and seemed to have no tail? But even with the crowds the square still is a vibrant & alive place to visit and watch the world (literally) go by! My advice is to go early or book a tour, but either way enjoy while you can.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Charlotte M
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience - and we saw The Pope!
    I visited St Peter's Square in May 2023 with my husband and 1 year old son. Amazingly, we managed to time our visit right and saw The Pope saying Mass in the square. Due to this, there was a large crowd, but this didn't stop us enjoying our visit. Actually, everything was very well organised and seemed very peaceful, even with that many people around. Security check you when you enter the Vatican City, so I felt quite safe. An amazing experience, topped off by seeing The Pope!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Jacqueline R
    Cork, Ireland627 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent square
    St Peter’s Square was definitely the highlight of our day at the Vatican. It is such an impressive area. The colonnade, the porticos, the obelisk, the fountain, all with the backdrop of the Basilica makes for a wonderful experience. Yes it was very busy and there were crowds of people queueing but it is such a vast area that it’s impossible not to find a space to simply stand and appreciate the beauty.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,540 contributions
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    Impressive square
    This square is located directly in front of St Peters Basilica in Vatican City. It’s a very busy and popular square. It was named after the apostle of Jesus Saint Peter. Its one of the largest squares in Italy. In the centre of the square there is an anchient Egyptian obelisk which was erected in 1586.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Herbert C
    1,349 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the world’s most beautiful public square
    Designed in the 17th century by the famous Italian sculptor and architect, Bernini, and often regarded as one of the most beautiful public square in the world, St Peter's Square sits at the feet of the iconic St Peter's Basilica, with 2 fountains and the 25 meters Vatican obelisk transplanted from Egypt at its centre, flanked by 2 semi-circular colonnades of 284 Doric columns and 88 pilasters, and watched over by 140 statues of saints and martyrs standing on top of the columns. Strategically located at the main entrance to the Vatican City, it is no surprise that swarms of visitors crowd this grand plaza, mainly queueing to enter the basilica. But with an impressively colossal dimension of 320 meters by 240 meters capable of holding up to 300,000 people, you will easily find your personal space for photo opportunities, relaxation, as well as to mull over its historical and religious significance. Make your visit to this papal enclave within Rome even more memorable by sending a Vatican postcard to your home address, complete with the Vatican stamp and chop, at the post-office located at the square. The best place to capture the bird’s-eye view of this square is undoubtedly from the top of the basilica’s dome. Impressionante and fantastico!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 March 2024
  • John A Carter
    Lower Sackville, Canada5,225 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saint Peters Square.
    This place is huge. The amount of people that can be here and still look empty and impressive. It’s like two arms, hugging a child, one of the most impressive building structures that serves little or no purpose in the world and it’s free to enter.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 March 2024
  • Waddler
    York, United Kingdom11,535 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice half hour
    With kids, and on a busy Easter weekend, we did not think it was best to go to the museums or sistine etc, or queue up for the basilica (the queues were already snaking all around the square by 9am). But we had enough fun jumping between Italy and Vatican City, looking at the Vatican Guards, going to the post office on the square and buying a postcard for 50 cents and a Vatican stamp to the UK for a couple of euros and posting it in the yellow Vatican post boxes, and also finding the circles on the floor where there is the optical illusion of there only being one set of columns in the structure surrounding the square. We then walked down the attractive road to Castel Sant'Angelo.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2024
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basod
Cambridge, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I was impressed by the architecture design and layout. Certainly looks grand and beautiful. And I took time taking in the grandeur of the surroundings. Holds such symbolic and meaningful importance through the ages.
Written 15 June 2024
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Brad
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Feb 2024 • Family
St. Peter's Square is a large oval shaped piazza located at the western end of Via della Conciliazione and in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. The square that you see today was designed by Bernini in the 17th-century.

I always enjoy seeing Bernini's massive colonnades which appear as if they were arms extending from the Mother Church, embracing and surrounding the square. The colonnades are both topped with statues of various Catholic saints. In the centre of the square is the ancient Egyptian obelisk long known as the Vatican obelisk, it is flanked by two mushroom like fountains, the works of Bernini and Carlo Maderno. Views of the remarkable facade of the basilica are fairly easy to see throughout the piazza.
Written 20 May 2024
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Hany G
Bakersfield, CA1,797 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
It is a huge piazza in the front of St. peter's cathedral. I don't see anything special about the square except you watch where the audience waits for the pope to address them on Wednesday.
Written 2 May 2024
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Sarah Power
Sheffield, UK122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
An absolutely beautiful square that is so huge. Even though it was pretty busy when we went it didn't feel crowded.

We were there on a Sunday morning just by chance really and then realised that once we'd been in the Basilica, it was only about half an hour until the Pope gave his weekly address so we hung around. It was so worth it, I never thought that I would see the Pope and it was one of the highlights of my trip to Rome. He was a long way away up in a window at the side of the square but there was a big screen and it was just so exciting to see him, the crowd gave him a huge cheer.
Written 12 April 2024
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Marina
Sorocaba, SP290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We went on a Wednesday, the day of the Papal Audience. The whole square is organised and ready to receive the pilgrims. It is really overwhelming, you can see people from the whole world, and the Audience is celebrated with translators from many nationalities. If you have the chance, it is really a once in a lifetime experience!
Written 11 April 2024
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Ron Hill
82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Obviously a must see when you visit Rome as it is breathtaking. Seen this many times and also been inside the Vatican many times. On this visit just wanted to see the Vatican from the outside because now you could be waiting 2-3 hours in a queue waiting to get in. Thought it would be quieter in March but not so.
Written 11 April 2024
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Waddler
York, UK11,535 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
With kids, and on a busy Easter weekend, we did not think it was best to go to the museums or sistine etc, or queue up for the basilica (the queues were already snaking all around the square by 9am).

But we had enough fun jumping between Italy and Vatican City, looking at the Vatican Guards, going to the post office on the square and buying a postcard for 50 cents and a Vatican stamp to the UK for a couple of euros and posting it in the yellow Vatican post boxes, and also finding the circles on the floor where there is the optical illusion of there only being one set of columns in the structure surrounding the square. We then walked down the attractive road to Castel Sant'Angelo.
Written 2 April 2024
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John A Carter
Lower Sackville, Canada5,225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This place is huge. The amount of people that can be here and still look empty and impressive. It’s like two arms, hugging a child, one of the most impressive building structures that serves little or no purpose in the world and it’s free to enter.
Written 12 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Herbert C
1,349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Designed in the 17th century by the famous Italian sculptor and architect, Bernini, and often regarded as one of the most beautiful public square in the world, St Peter's Square sits at the feet of the iconic St Peter's Basilica, with 2 fountains and the 25 meters Vatican obelisk transplanted from Egypt at its centre, flanked by 2 semi-circular colonnades of 284 Doric columns and 88 pilasters, and watched over by 140 statues of saints and martyrs standing on top of the columns. Strategically located at the main entrance to the Vatican City, it is no surprise that swarms of visitors crowd this grand plaza, mainly queueing to enter the basilica. But with an impressively colossal dimension of 320 meters by 240 meters capable of holding up to 300,000 people, you will easily find your personal space for photo opportunities, relaxation, as well as to mull over its historical and religious significance. Make your visit to this papal enclave within Rome even more memorable by sending a Vatican postcard to your home address, complete with the Vatican stamp and chop, at the post-office located at the square. The best place to capture the bird’s-eye view of this square is undoubtedly from the top of the basilica’s dome. Impressionante and fantastico!
Written 6 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Yilei2014
Tucson, AZ70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Kiddo and his dad went to St. Peter's Square while I was a bit under the weather at hotel. They loved it very much, specially the fountain.
Written 5 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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