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  • Where in the World are Antonio and Dante?
    Antonio & Dante's Next Adventure

                  
    We are standing in St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)
    "Hey Antonio look we are almost as tall as the Egyptian obelisk!"
    "Wouldn't that be cool if we were that tall Dante?"
    Here are some ways you can get to St. Peter's Square
    • Take the Metro Linea "A" towards Battistini and get off at the Ottaviano S.Pietro or the Cipro - Musei Vaticani exits. From both stops it is about an additional 10 minute walk
    • If you like to walk you will want to cross the Ponte Sant'Angelo, make a left and walk up the Via della Conciliazione. Walking times will vary depending on where you start from
    • Taking a bus is also an option. ATAC Roma can help you. Here are some of the buses that will get you to our destination:
      • Bus 49 will drop you off in front of the Vatican Museum
      • Bus 32, 81 and 982 will get you to the Piazza del Risorgimento, which is a 5 minute walk from St. Peter's Square
      • Bus 492 and 990 will drop you off at Via Leone IV / Via degli Scipioni, which is also a 5 minute walk from St. Peter's Square
    Below are just some of the interesting facts about the Piazza San Pietro
    • The square was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini between 1656 to 1667
    • The square is actually an elliptical space that measures 240m (787 feet) wide
    • The shape was designed so that the greatest number of people could view the Pope when he gave his blessing
    • In the center of the square is an Egyptian obelisk made of red granite
    • The obelisk stands 25.5 meters (83.66 feet) and was brought to Rome by the Emperor Caligula in 37 BC
    • The obelisk originally was located in the Vatican Circus and was not moved to its current location until 1586
    • The obelisk is also a gigantic sun dial
    • On one side of the obelisk is a fountain made by Carlo Maderno and on the other side is a fountain made by Bernini
    • Bernini constructed a colonnade that extended on both sides of the basilica
    • The colonnade consisted of 284 columns (arranged in 4 rows) and 88 pillars
    • Between the obelisk and each fountain are circles (If you stand on the circle you will only be able to see the first row of columns)
    • Resting on top of the colonnade are the statues of 140 saints (70 on each side)
    "This adventure is turning out to be lots of fun. Don't you agree Antonio?"
    "It sure is! We are learning a lot about all of the cool places we visit. I can't wait to see where we end up next week!"
    "Ciao for now - see you next week for a whole new traveling adventure!"
    How did you like our latest adventure? We would love to hear from you! Just send us an email to antonioanddante@italiansrus.com. Here is how you can help us on our journey.


    Additional Resources
    * Electing a New Pope * Swiss Guards
    * Michelangelo's Pieta * Rome City Guide
    * Pope John Paul II * Vatican City
    * Sistine Chapel * Vatican City Photo Gallery

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