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St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)
St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)

St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)

Open daily
Piazza san Pietro, Vatican City, 00120

The Basics

At the center of the square, a soaring Egyptian obelisk and two marble fountains—one by Carlo Maderno dating from 1613 and the second designed by Bernini to match in 1675—break up the sweeping cobblestone space. Within the colonnade, formed by massive Doric columns and topped by 140 statues of the saints, lies the security check for entry to St. Peter's and, on the other side, the Vatican post office. The square is the site of large public Masses on the main Catholic holidays and for papal audiences, when it is packed with pilgrims from all over Italy and the world.

St. Peter's Square is best visited with a tour guide as part of a small-group tour that touches on all the Vatican highlights, including the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Gardens, and the Vatican Grottoes containing the tombs of former popes. The Vatican is a vast repository of art and history; savor it as part of a private tour with skip-the-line tickets to avoid wasting time in the Vatican's notoriously long queues.

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Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
$37.59 per adult
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Amazing!
Lucia was amazing! She was fun, informative and the whole experience was just wow! First time in Rome with my fiancée and I would recommend this tour to anyone.
Shayan_J, May 2022

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Unmissable experience
Dympna_M, May 2022
The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb
Massimo our tour guide made the tour interesting and his knowledge and passion for Rome and its history shone through. He ensured the safety and comfort of the group throughout the tour. Humourous and patient. A great tour guide,the tour itself was excellent but good footwear and reasonable fitness is needed as the walk to the top of the dome is hard but well worth the breathless moments to the top.
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Vatican, Sistine Chapel
Sandra_C, May 2022
Vatican, Sistine & St. Peter's Basilica Skip The Line & Small Group
Roberto was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the tour. Was not happy that we couldn't get in St. Peters Basilica without waiting in a long line. We paid for a skip the line tour.
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The tour was excellent...
claudia_h, May 2022
Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican,Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Group of 12 ppl
The tour was excellent and Manuela was was certainly very knowledgeable and happy to answer all our questions! Thank you so much.
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unforgettable
Dustin_O, May 2022
The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb
Our tour was so informative and wonderful. We really enjoyed our time and would highly recommend the experience
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Great tour of a historic place.
John_N, May 2022
Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican,Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Group of 12 ppl
Incredible views. Very knowledgible guide. Long day but well worth it. The sculptures and tapestries were fantastic.
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The Bible is History
David_H, May 2022
Scavi Tour to the Tomb of St. Peter's & Skip Line Guided Tour of the Basilica
Simply fabulous and very humbling. Agnes provides a wealth of info and details. Outstanding tour guide. The Scavi staff were also very informative and respectfully. This is a must do for Christians!
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Our Trip to The Vatican With Elaine
Robert_I, May 2022
Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican,Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Group of 12 ppl
I thought that all elements of our tour with Elaine were informative, though-provoking and fun. Elaine is simply the best tour guide as she is knowledgeable, and endearing too. She kept us at the right pace which made it fun.
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As Advertised
David_P, May 2022
Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation in St. Peter's Square
Great experience. Our guide was terrific. We got close to the Pope. He was within five feet of us. Our seats were nearly perfect and the view of the mass was excellent.
star-5
Not to be missed.
Julie_S, May 2022
The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb
The English speaking guide was excellent, his knowledge was amazing. The whole tour was above and beyond our expectations. The dome climb not for the faint hearted tho.
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The passion of our guides...
Tamara_M, May 2022
Scavi Tour to the Tomb of St. Peter's & Skip Line Guided Tour of the Basilica
The passion of our guides wraps you up into the history, romance and their vast amount of knowledge. Very moving!
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The best experience!!
Sergio_N, Apr 2022
Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation in St. Peter's Square
Amazing !!! 100% recommended 💙 On time , the tour guided was awesome no problem at all and we were so close to the Pope !!!
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Thomas was awesome!!
Todd_M, Apr 2022
Fast Access Vatican Raphael Rooms Sistine Chapel & St Peter Basilica guided Tour
Our tour guide Thomas was amazing. His background in archaeology brought a fascinating perspective to the tour and his friendly and humorous demeanor made the entire experience informative, comfortable, and fun. He was excellent!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Vatican is its own municipality and issues stamps; visit the post office under the colonnade in St. Peter's Square to send your postcards directly from Vatican City.

  • If you would like to see Pope Francis, it is imperative to book papal audience tickets in advance.

  • The square is accessible to wheelchair users.

  • There is a dress code to enter St. Peter's Basilica that requires clothing that covers the shoulders and knees; there is no dress code for the square.

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How to Get There

The most spectacular way to enter St. Peter's Square is by foot, crossing the Emperor Hadrian's Ponte Sant'Angelo over the River Tiber to Castel Sant'Angelo (Hadrian's Tomb) and walking up the grand Via della Conciliazione. Otherwise, use one of two metro line A stops: Ottaviano–S.Pietro–Musei Vaticani or Cipro.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

The square is crowded with visitors during the opening hours of St. Peter's Basilica, so consider booking a night tour or an early-entry basilica tour to see St. Peter's Square in relative peace.

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The Swiss Guards

St. Peter's Square, along with the rest of the Vatican, is protected by the historic Swiss Guards, established in the 16th century and still sporting their colorful Renaissance-style uniforms.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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