At a Glance Why You'll Love It
Tour Summary Get in the Know
A Unique Perspective on St. Peter's Basilica
See Rome from the Top of Michelangelo's Dome
Uncover Myriad Treasures Inside St. Peter’s
What You'll See Along the Way
St. Peter’s Square in is one of the most famous (and certainly one of the most holy!) sights in the world. It was designed in the 17th century by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who was known as the most accomplished architect in Rome at the time. Pope Alexander VIII, who commissioned the piazza, asked Bernini to emphasize St. Peter’s importance as “the gateway to Heaven” and the architect implemented the request beautifully. He divided the square into a smaller trapezoidal area adjoining the Basilica and an oval main part, which together create a ground plan in the shape of a giant keyhole.