One of the most beautiful and big squares of the world, a remarkable example of Baroque architecture which is dedicated to the homonymous Saint.
The most suggestive way to get to the Square is from Via della Conciliazione, a long street that starts from Carstel Sant’Angelo.
The space of the square is formed by two areas: the first by a trapezoid and the second by a larger, elliptical part with the Egyptian obelisk in the center.
This two spaces are unified from an imposing architraved colonnade (a total of 284 columns and 88 pillars) surmounted by 140 statues of Saints, all made in 1670 by Bernini and his disciples.
The original Bernini project included a third porticoed arm as a closing element of the square, but the death of Alexander VII caused the interruption of the works and the third arm was the only part of the project not to be built.
On the occasion of important liturgical events, Piazza San Pietro has welcomed more than 300,000 people.