Things To Do Near St. Peter's Square in Rome

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  • St. Peter's Square is the gateway to the Vatican, the city within Rome. A visit, whether a morning or afternoon, a full day or a month, requires a walk through the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica, but that's not all there is to do in this neighborhood. Papal audiences are held weekly on Wednesdays, likewise masses on Sundays. If you find the museums too taxing, take a walk through the Papal Gardens. Or else invent a walk of your own, spying some of Rome's emblematic fountains such as the Fountain of the Tiaras, just below the Passetto, and heading towards the Borgo, the medieval neighborhood at the Vatican's front door. Castel Sant'Angelo and its spectacular rooftop are a must see. And for a curiosity, visit Rome's oldest hospital, Santo Spirito. Modern historians will enthuse over the Carabinieri museum, dedicated to the former king's policemen and their weapons.

    Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica)

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    piazza San Pietro
    Piazza San Pietro

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    Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museums)

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    Viale Vaticano

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    Vatican Gardens

    Audience with Pope Benedict XVI at Vatican City

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    Fontana delle Tiare

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    largo del Colonnato

    The papal fountain... read more

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    via di Santo Spirito

    Totila district... read more

    Museo Storico dell'Arma dei Carabinieri

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    Commemorating the Carabinieri... read more

    Passetto (Il)

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    Castel Sant'Angelo

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    The fall of Tosca... read more

    Foundling Wheel—Santo Spirito Hospital Museum

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    The Wheel of Service... read more
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