Piazza San Pietro Walking Tour: Where Roman Histories Converge

Piazza San Pietro Walking Tour guide:

A gentle stroll through the piazza reveals statues, inscriptions, and colonnades the architectural and artistic fingerprints of time…

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This Piazza San Pietro Walking Tour, or St. Peter’s Square, sits at the entrance to Vatican City in Rome. Just west of the Tiber River and within a short distance of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the Piazza marks a point of intersection for classical and modern Roman and European histories. Many noteworthy historical figures have left their architectural and artistic fingerprints on the Piazza’s development, making this site an ideal introduction to the art and sculpture exhibited in St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. A gentle walk through the Piazza reveals statues, inscriptions, colonnades, and other visually exciting features. Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

Piazza San Pietro Walking Tour Highlights

  • Introduction
  • Entering the Piazza
  • The Obelisk
  • The Fountains
  • Facade: St Peter’s Basilica
  • Entrance: St Peter’s Basilica
Transportation By Foot – Easy walking
Specialty Historical/Heritage, Historical/Heritage
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
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  • Travel to Piazza San Pietro on the Metro (subway), but get off at the Ottaviano-San Pietro stop (not the Cipro-Musei Vaticani stop), which is closer to the piazza's entrance and the end of the line to enter the Vatican Museums.
  • Do not visit on a Sunday expecting a good walking tour. The Piazza will be packed with visitors for Sunday Mass. Wednesday is the best day to come for a Papal audience, though you must schedule in advance.
  • Arrive in proper attire, with knees and shoulders covered, or you will not be admitted to the Basilica or the Vatican Museums. Scarves, available in nearby shops, can cover shoulders or be tied around waists to cover knees.
  • Bring food and enjoy an open-air meal in the warm glow of the Rome sun. The shade of the colonnades surrounding the Piazza provides an apt setting for a leisurely lunch - to refresh yourself before, during, or after your visit.
  • As anywhere in Rome, be ever mindful of pickpockets, scam artists, and other thieving sorts. Do not pass your camera to anyone else to photograph you, and be sure your bags are kept close and closed at all times.

Rachel Frier

A world traveler from an early age, Rachel has published two books and numerous articles, and has delivered lectures on medieval literature and history. Rachel works as a freelance writer and also teaches university courses.


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