St peter’s square Rome

St. Peter’s square is the world’s largest and most splendid and breathtaking piazza, also known as Piazza San Pietro.

Designed by Bernini with the support of Pope Alexander XII during the 17th century, it houses about 300,000 people.

Having great religious significance, the st.peter square is an architectural marvel and is visited by a lot of pilgrimages.

What to see at St. Peter’s Square?

St. Peter Square is known to be erected on the land where St. Peter, one of the 12 chief apostles of Jesus Christ died, 

St. Peter is also considered to be the first pope.

Due to this fact, this place holds a lot of historical and Religious significance.

Both the St. Peter Basilica and St. Peter Square were named after the holy pope, Peter.

Being such an important landmark, this plaza plays host to an array of religious and cultural events all year round. 

In addition to its magnificent size, it has 284 columns and 88 pilasters, which form an arcade with four rows— its most remarkable feature.

140 statues of saints above the columns were created in 1670 by the disciples of Bernini.

The obelisk, along with two fountains, one by Bernini (1675) and the other by Maderno (1614), stands out in the middle of St. Peter’s Square Rome.

The obelisk is 25 meters tall and was transported from Egypt to Rome in 1586.

Opening hours of St. Peter’s Square

St.Peter’s Square is open throughout the year. 

However, the opening hours change according to the season. 

In winter, i.e., from 1 October to 31 March, it opens at 7 am and closes at 7 pm.

In summer, i.e., from 1 April to 30 September, it opens at 7 am and closes at 6.30 pm.

Best time to visit St. Peter’s Square

The ideal time of day to visit st. peter’s square in Vatican city is in the early morning,  between 7 am and 9 am, because there will be very less crowd present at this hour.

If you can’t make it early morning, the next best time to visit this Vatican attraction is 4 pm. 

The square witnesses the least crowds in November and between January to March, making this the best time to visit this St. Peter Square.

How to reach St. Peter’s Square?

St. Peter’s square is located in Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City. 

It is right in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. Get Directions

There are no restrictions on public transportation in and out of Vatican City, so it’s the easiest way to reach the attraction.

By Metro

The nearest metro station to the Vatican City is Ottaviano–San Pietro–Musei Vaticani.

You can get to this stop by taking one of the frequent Line A Metro trains.

After exiting the Metro Station, a 10 minutes walk will get you to St peter’s square Rome.

By Train

St Pietro is the nearest train station to St Peter’s Square.

You can reach the square from the train station, which is a 12-minute walk.

By Bus

Bus numbers 64, 62, 40, and 81 can take you to St. Peter’s Sqaure. Bus no. 64 is the most used line, connecting Termini station with Vatican City.

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