Roma San Pietro train station is one of the city’s major stations, located in the west of the city centre. It takes its name from Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano (St. Peter’s Basilica) because of its location close to the Vatican City. Once upon a time, this station’s quaint look made it a popular filming location. However, that changed after a series of makeovers started in the 1990s, which significantly altered its appearance, with platforms added and the railway electrified. Nowadays, five platforms serve regional train links, with Viterbo-Rome taking 1h50mins and Pisa-Rome taking 3 hours. From outside the station, the ATAC bus service takes passengers around the city, and taxis are also readily available. It’s possible to walk to the heart of Rome city centre from here in around 35 minutes. This is just one of many railway stations that serve the city, with Rome Termini being the capital's main station.
Perhaps the greatest appeal of arriving at Roma San Pietro train station is its close proximity to the Vatican City. Only a 10-minute walk away, this station provides the best gateway to exploring this Papal State, with its architectural and artistic treasures. It’s no wonder that thousands of people make the trip to visit the walled enclave every day. Entering through Piazza San Pietro, the square opens up, with the basilica taking pride of place. Surrounding the Renaissance church is a collection of grand Baroque columns, with a crowning spired dome sitting atop. Taking almost 100 years to complete, famous artists like Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo and Bernini have all left their mark on the impressive structure. Also housed within the Vatican City walls, and a further 5-minute walk away, is the famous Sistine Chapel. Decorated with beautiful frescoes from Italian master-painter, Michelangelo, it depicts the history of humanity through the eyes of Catholicism. Visitors can also enjoy a huge collection of artwork in the museum here, with 54 galleries boasting 20,000 works to admire from throughout the centuries.
From here, walking 10 minutes east towards the city centre will lead to Castel Sant'Angelo. This mausoleum is a towering cylinder located in Parco Adriano and was made by the Roman emperor, Hadrian, for his remains to be kept along with his family’s. Sitting on the banks of the Tiber, it’s known for its Baroque statues of angels holding instruments. Visitors can admire these sights as they tuck into a slice of Italian pizza or some tasty gelato!
Piazza della Stazione di San Pietro 1, 00165 Roma
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