St. Peter's Square

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Piazza San Pietro showing château or palace, a church or cathedral and a fountain

Marvel at this stunning centrepoint of the Roman Catholic Church, which is also the perfect place to see a spectacular sunset.

Designed by Baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini back in the mid-17th century, the captivating Piazza San Pietro was made to be a space where legions of Catholic worshippers could come, look up to the balcony of the Vatican Palace, and to listen to their spiritual leader the Pope. And in that spirit, it is here where pilgrims still flock every Easter to see the Pope as he delivers his seasonal message – and indeed where many come all year round for a glimpse of this stunning and sacred spot.

You can approach the Piazza by walking up the Via della Conciliazione, as that way you’ll get to see head on the towering dome of St. Peter’s Basilica as you draw closer to the square. Then when you finally emerge onto St. Peter’s Square, you will find yourself right in the heart of the Vatican City, the world’s smallest state.

At the centre of the square you’ll see the 25-metre-tall Egyptian obelisk made from red granite, said to have been brought by Caligula from Alexandria in 37 AD to the Circus of Nero – the dark theatre where crucifixions were held, which once stood on this spot. This space has sacred importance. It was here where St. Peter was killed by the Romans, as depicted in a dramatic painting by Caravaggio on display in the Cerasi Chapel.

Across the piazza, you’ll see the famous tall colonnades, each of them decorated with statues of religious icons such as St. John the Baptist and Christ the Redeemer. To the right of the steps that lead up to the basilica, you’ll find the statue of St. Peter sculpted by Giuseppe De Fabris, as well as St. Paul on the other side.

Located in central Rome, you can make your way on foot to St. Peter’s Square. Head over the Tiber and walk up Via della Conciliazione, and you’ll be there. The nearest Metro train station is also just a short walk away on Via Ottaviano.

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Top 10 Hotels Near St. Peter's Square

Grand Hotel Olympic
Grand Hotel Olympic
4 out of 5
Via Properzio 2/a, Rome, RM
The price is S$95 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Cola di Rienzo, Auditorium Conciliazione and Castel Sant'Angelo. St. Peter's Square ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,099 reviews)
"Stay away. It looks all nice and wonderful and the price is great, but let me tell you, you get what you pay for. Day 1: Check in. Was told our room was not ready and we had to come back an hour later after spending the morning traveling from another town. Day 2: Come back from a full day walking ..."

Reviewed on 13 Sep,2021

Grand Hotel Olympic
Starhotels Michelangelo
Starhotels Michelangelo
4 out of 5
Via Della Stazione Di San Pietro 14, Rome, RM
The price is S$211 per night from 18 Nov to 18 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this family-friendly Rome hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel. Via ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (993 reviews)
"We liked the location of property,room’s view and amenities was good. The only thing that bothered us that person who worked in reception.Last day we were trying to pay fee which we have used in room and he didn’t answer our questions we were waiting some explanation.Instead of that he just gave ..."

Reviewed on 16 Oct,2021

Starhotels Michelangelo
Hotel Quirinale
Hotel Quirinale
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale 7, Rome, RM
The price is S$166 per night from 21 Nov to 21 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this family-friendly Rome hotel is steps away from Via Nazionale and Piazza della Repubblica. Via Veneto and Via del Tritone ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,727 reviews)
"The room was very nice. We enjoyed our stay here and were even allowed to check out an hour later when we requested. The location of the hotel was nice too."

Reviewed on 11 Oct,2021

Hotel Quirinale
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Grand Hotel Olympic
Grand Hotel Olympic
4 out of 5
Via Properzio 2/a, Rome, RM
The price is S$95 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Grand Hotel Olympic
Starhotels Michelangelo
Starhotels Michelangelo
4 out of 5
Via Della Stazione Di San Pietro 14, Rome, RM
The price is S$211 per night from 18 Nov to 18 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Starhotels Michelangelo
Hotel Quirinale
Hotel Quirinale
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale 7, Rome, RM
The price is S$166 per night from 21 Nov to 21 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Hotel Quirinale
Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
4 out of 5
Via Principe Amedeo 5/B, Rome, RM
The price is S$148 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
9Hotel Cesari
9Hotel Cesari
3 out of 5
Via di Pietra 89a, Rome, RM
The price is S$199 per night from 17 Nov to 17 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
9Hotel Cesari
Hotel Raffaello, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
Hotel Raffaello, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
3 out of 5
Via Urbana 3/5, Rome, RM
The price is S$108 per night from 21 Nov to 21 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
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Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá - The Leading Hotels of the World
5 out of 5
Via del Gianicolo 3, Rome, RM
The price is S$554 per night from 21 Nov to 21 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá - The Leading Hotels of the World
Hotel Nazionale
Hotel Nazionale
4 out of 5
Piazza Montecitorio, 131, Rome, RM
The price is S$251 per night from 17 Nov to 17 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Hotel Nazionale
Hotel della Conciliazione
Hotel della Conciliazione
4 out of 5
Borgo Pio n. 163-164-165-166, Rome, RM
The price is S$155 per night from 9 Nov to 9 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Hotel della Conciliazione
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