Rome Piazza San Pietro area

Planning on visiting Rome? Then you will probably head to Piazza San Pietro area, one of the most visited areas in the city. If you find yourself at Saint Peter’s Square, you will soon discover that there are many things to do nearby. Located in the Vatican City, St Peter’s Square is a huge plaza with an abundance of beauty and history. Created in the 17th century, this wonderful Rome attraction is bordered by semi-circular colonnades on either side. On top of these colonnades are 140 statues that represent popes, martyrs, evangelists and other religious people.

The wonderful architecture in St Peter’s Square will be something to long remember after your vacation. The Obelisk which is found at the centre of the square was in fact originally located in Egypt however in 37 AD, the statue was moved to Rome. In 1613, another work of art – Carlo Fontana’s fountain –  was positioned on the square to the right of the Obelisk. Be sure to take some memorable photos next to these monuments!

One of the most famous Vatican attractions is of course Saint Peter’s Basilica. The square with the same name gives you entry to the world’s largest church – the Basilica. The symbolic landmark includes several great things to see including the Balanchine – a 26-meter high bronze masterpiece. Whilst walking inside the basilica, make sure to look up and admire the wonderful decorated dome ceiling. The most popular attraction in the basilica is the Pieta. This is a marble sculpture of Mary holding the dead body of Jesus, created by none other than Michelangelo.

Get to know Piazza San Pietro area in Rome

Wondering what to do in Rome around Saint Peter’s Square? In San Pietro area there is the option of going for a walk towards the east where you will soon find Castel Sant’Angelo. Also known as Hadrian’s Mausoleum, this castle which is now a museum is certainly one of the greatest Rome attractions. Many Roman emperors including Hadrian were buried here. Later it became a prison and refuge for popes. A must-see attraction here includes a Baroque statue of Passion of Christ and the bronze angel statue. As you walk your way to the top, you will see a great panoramic view of the Eternal City.

Only 700m towards the south east of Castel Sant Angelo is Piazza Navona. Make sure to find out if there are any festivals or theatrical events taking place here during your vacation. Piazza Navona is also home to three outstanding fountains and the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone. Watch our Piazza Navona video guide to learn more about this top tourist spot.

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.

USD 70.65$

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games. Finish with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar.

If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.

USD 60.22$

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives you unprecedented VIP access to the magnificent rooms that are usually off-limits to the public, allowing you to see a side of the Vatican that most never will. Be awed by secret rooms like the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of Gold, and see sights like Raphael’s Rooms.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. End your tour with an after-hours private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for your group (average 15 people) and guide. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel – including The Creation of Adam – is considered the most influential fresco in the history of Western art. See it with no crowds, linger over every detail, and earn one-of-a-kind bragging rights for the rest of your life!

USD 382.19$

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch in Naples, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.

Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 1, till March 8. During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.

USD 155.19$

Capri Day Trip from Rome

Visit the chic island of Capri on a day trip from Rome, led by an expert local guide! After traveling from Rome to Naples, cross over to the gorgeous island to see its highlights. Hop aboard a boat to the Blue Grotto if you wish, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hilltop village of Anacapri. Explore Capri’s main town at leisure, and then leave the island for your journey back to Rome.

USD 149.63$