With its dome by Michelangelo and the monumental façade, the Basilica of St. Peter dominates the spectacular colonnaded portico of St. Peter's Square colonnade, Bernini's masterpiece.
The heart of the Catholic Church, the Basilica is where in 324 AC Constantine built a shrine in honor of the First Apostle who was crucified and buried in that place. In 1506, Pope Julius II commissioned Donato Bramante to design the construction of what would be the largest church in the world (22,000 square meters). Bramante, Michelangelo, Giacomo della Porta, were just some of the architects who succeeded in the more than one hundred years it took to complete the great work. The greatest artists of the Roman Baroque and Renaissance have left extraordinarily beautiful masterpieces, just think of the wonderful Pietà by Michelangelo, the Chair of St. Peter, at the monument of Urban VIII and the sumptuous baldachin by Bernini.
Opening hours: Mon - Sun (07.00 AM - 11.00 PM)
Admission: free to the Basilica; for the dome €8 by lift, €6 by foot
How to reach: bus stop Traspontina/Conciliazione (23, 34, 40, 982)
Address: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano
Born in Riccione, a seaside town on the Italian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Of Italian father and a Russian mother, I always define myself a crossroads of cultures, in fact I never identified with a nationality, considering myself a real world citizen.
From the early years of life I've traveled, living periods of time abroad, experiences that have further increased my openness towards the new and the different, and the ability to think outside the box.
I'm graduated Expert for Tourism, and continued hmy studies with a Masters Degree in Economics and Management. During and after the studies, I had a multitude of different jobs, mostly oriented towards tourism (my true passion, together with art and opera). Since 2008 I lives in Milan, working in the finance department of an Italian multinational company.
My passion for culture, led me to found in 2013, Kitabu, a publishing house specializing in the publication of books in electronic format, with which in 2015 I launched various projects regarding web-based magazines about different cultural and leisure themes, on of wich is TravelTv.
Despite the many commitments, however, I've never stopped traveling extensively the world, trying in every place to identify myself with the local population.