Rome Basilica San Pietro

Get to know Basilica San Pietro in Rome

1. St Peter’s Square is a big square, 22,783 square meters in size, but is hardly the largest square in Rome, this title belongs to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele which is double the size with 55000 square meters. The worlds largest Piazza is actually located in Indonesia in the city of Jakarta is called the Merdeka square and is almost 1,000,000 square meters in size.

2. The Square was built between 1656 and 1667, was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini who was also the architect of Saint Pater’s basilica and numerous other landmarks in the eternal city. His Job was not easy, as he had to take into consideration many existing structures like the Vatican palace.

3. The most notable landmarks in the square are the 284 Doric style colonnades. According to Bernini, these columns represent the arms of the Vatican embracing the world. The columns are 20 meter high, and 1.6 meter wide. On top of the columns you can find 140 different statues of popes and other religious figures. Another unique feature in the square is the 4400 year old Egyptian obelisk. The obelisk is 25 meter tall, and stands on a base taking to 41 meter high. This is the third stop for this Obelisk. was erected in Heliopolis, than moved by Emperor Augustus to Alexandria, than moved again to Rome by Emperor Caligula. In Rome the Obelisk was moved once more to its current location. According to legends the Obelisk contains the Ashes of Julius Caesar.

4. Visiting Piazza San Pietro and the Vatican city should not be a spontaneous act. This is one of the most popular attractions in the world, and could get very busy in peak season, and during special events in the Vatican around the year. We produce a monthly video guide for Rome, with relevant information about the Vatican, you can register, and get the video for free!

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$