Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation in St. Peter's Square
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Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation in St. Peter's Square

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Stop At: St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), Vatican City Italy

After meeting your guide near St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, put on your provided headset to start your papal audience experience. While the address is a Catholic custom, the event draws people of all beliefs from around the world each week.

Following your guide, navigate the crowd to reach your seat, where you’ll have views of the pope when he arrives. While you wait, learn a bit about the history of the papacy in Rome and hear about Renaissance artists like Michelangelo who left such a beautiful mark on the Vatican. With your audio headset, you don’t have to worry about not being able to hear your guide over the throngs of people.

As the address starts, listen to the cardinals leading pilgrims in prayer, and watch the pope deliver his blessings for the week. The service includes hymns, prayers and a homily. When the address is over, you'll be ready to explore St Peter’s Square on your own.

Note: Immediately after booking, you must reconfirm your ticket using the phone number provided on your confirmation voucher. The local tour operator will ask for your home address, as this is required by Vatican City. Failure to reconfirm your ticket may result in it being canceled.

Please also note that seating for the papal audience is limited. Your guide will do everything possible to secure you a seat, but on rare occasions, this may not be possible.

Duration: 4 hours

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  • Professional guide
  • Commentary (legacy of the Vatican presentation)
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Ticket reservation service and ticket pick-up
Not included
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Seating not guaranteed
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that papal audience tickets are free but can be difficult to organize. With our service you can cut out the hassle and collect your pre-booked ticket from your guide when you arrive!
  • Due to passing through security lines, early arrival is highly recommended. Security line may take longer than 15minutes before departure.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Carol M
5 | 2019-09-30

When I purchased the tickets, it said very clearly you are not guaranteed a seat. Well, not only did I get a seat, I was less than 10ft. from the Pope. it was an experience of a lifetime, thanks to Viator tours. It might have been a fabulous experience because I went in Sept. I'm told it's not the height of the season. When I go back to Rome, I will book with them again.

5 | 2019-09-20

We had the most excellent seats! Front row where the pope mobile drove by! Our guide was enthusiastic and very informative. I would highly recommend this tour!

Cheryl G
5 | 2019-09-20

Getting to see the Pope up close and personal was worth every Euro. Our tour girl took us to row six. We had a perfect viewing. She shared many stories and had a lot of knowledge.

5 | 2019-09-16

Worth the money. I highly recommend. Our guide was knowledgeable and got us close to see Pope Francis.

Robert B
5 | 2019-09-13

Our guide GiGi was outstanding. Both informative and entertaining, he really added to the overall experience

Joseph G
4 | 2019-08-26

I would be great if this was offered as a "skip the line." Other than that it was a great experience!

5 | 2019-08-01

I highly recommend this tour!!! Our tour guide escorted us to the proper gates, through security and to the seating area. Awesome job in getting us to our seating area. She was able to position us where Pope Francis had stopped in front of us. She also was able to educate us with the history of the Basilica. My only regret was we forgot her first name. Bummer! Anyway, she was the best guide - we were there on June 19, 2019.

Nancy K
4 | 2019-07-03

We really loved this event - our only complaint was that it was difficult to find the place we needed to go to get there (where it started)….it was a good thing we left early or we would have missed it! Once we found it, it was really great!!

James M W
5 | 2019-04-19

Surrounded by the magnificent St. Peter's Square as well as thousands of admirers, we were close to the podium from which The Pontiff delivered the Wednesday address prior to Easter Sunday. Our guide through security and to our advantageous seats for the event was Gigi and his helpfulness and explanation were very much appreciated.

mathew a
1 | 2018-12-17

One can get 'free tickets' - the hotel we stayed at provided to their guests. The time it took to meet the guide and assemble the group could have been better spent in standing in line. No special seating or preferred access as we had to wait in line with the rest of the crowd. In the end, we ended up finding our own spot that was far better than what was provided by the guide.

Martin S
2 | 2018-12-17

Everything was fine until going through security check when the guide did not wait for us. My wife uses a stick to help her walk and this was obvious to everyone in the group. Why the guide did not wait for the whole group to assemble once we were through security is a concern. We could have been unwell or have been assaulted but she was completely unconcerned about our whereabouts or welfare. I could still hear her as I was wearing my headset once inside the auditorium and did not hear her express any comments about missing any people in her group. This is clearly unacceptable when we have paid for a service which we have not ended up receiving. I suggest you review training for your guides so that this does not happen to anyone else.

Frances G
1 | 2018-10-01

We missed out on our tour because the instructions for the meeting place were not complete. We later found out we were to meet our tour guide inside the first security check which wasn't defined. All other tours were meeting their clients outside the security check and were clearly in sight for easy detection. Our meeting place, as we later discovered, was tucked away in a corner of the square outside of public view. We could have easily requested our free tickets to participate in the Papal audience. We thought we would enhance our experience through a professional tour instead. What a poor experience for us.

Donald M
5 | 2018-09-28

Truly amazing! Our tour guide (I think her name was Rafael) was awesome. She spoke great english and took care of our group so that we had the best experience possible. She got us seats right next to the aisle, where we were only a few feet from the Pope as he passed by. Great! Great! Great1

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