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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is how you can help us on our journey.|
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