The Basilica di San Pietro is Italy's largest and according to many, most beautiful basilica, although it obviously is not situated in Italy, but officially in Vatican City. The church is located at the famous St. Peter's Square, which is often full of believers who are hoping to catch a glimpse of the pope. The basilica was built between 1506 and 1626, on the site of a fourth-century church. By entering you will feel dizzy. Every corner of the interior is lavishly decorated. Mosaics, paintings, pictures, you just do not know where to look. One of the most famous images is Michelangelo's Pietà. Also Bernini's massive bronze baldachin is world famous. There are 148 popes buried in the basilica. It is possible to climb the dome: this means a fair amount of steps, but you can skip some by taking the elevator. The queue for the entrance is often immense, so be prepared for a long wait and buy your tickets in advance.