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If you get there early enough you can get in for free by yourself but I would highly recommend booking a guide to look after you. Our guide, Theresa, was fantastic and she gave us a really detailed briefing of the history of the Vatican and St Peters and it helped to pass the time from entry at 07:45 until the pope appeared at around 09:30. The guide also knows the tricks to get seats where the pope is more likely to stop. We were sitting next to a few families with very young children/babies and were within 3 metres of the pope as he passed by. A wonderful experience.
Highly recommend this tour we saw pope Francis in an auditorium . We're one of the lucky 7000 people who made it that day
Our guide was amazing! we got great seats and she gave us a short and sweet history about the vatican and what to expect during the papal audience. We were so close to the pope and saw everything!
This was wonderful! Our guide did everything he could to get us the BEST seats. One gate was closed so we RAN to another. I am so glad I used Viator! It was a wonderful morning and the Pope came right by us and my hubby got an incredible picture of him! Happy Day!!
We took the English tour. Gigi our tour guide was excellent!! He made sure we got the best spot to see the Pope and we did!! Pope Francis was right in front of us. Gigi also explained lots of facts related to the Popes, he was just excellent!!
Amazing! thank you so much, very well organized, guide on time, Michela is SUPER nice, she knows where you need to be in order to be able to see the Pope! don't hesitate to book it!
Our guide Seth was very nice and we were able to see the Pope who at one point was about 10 feet away! It was wonderful and a once in a life time experience!
It was great. We were two feet from the Pope! Our guide was so so helpful and knowledgeable. This is our second time with Viatour. They are the best ever.
Our tour guide was very good. She kept track of us, got us into our seats and then told the history around the Vatican.
Beautiful experience. Our guide looked for the best place and we saw the Pope very close to us.
Brilliant opportunity to see a world famous iconic figure up close. Very highly recommended, must do.
Our guide was excellent, and helped us navigate the intense crowds at the Vatican security checkpoint, as well as demystify the papal general audience, much of which was conducted in foreign languages. Our guide was enthusiastic, approachable and very knowledgeable. Best of all he knew exactly where to position us so we could take great pictures and really see Pope Francis. I would not attempt this without a tour -- worth every penny.
This was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Thanks to our guide who placed us within a few feet of Papa.
Our tour guide was wonderful! She got us terrific seats, was very knowledgeable, we were extremely pleased.
SO AWESOME. Gigi, our guide, was entertaining funny and got us all great seats that the Pope even stopped in front of us for a good 1 minute! We loved the whole experience and even if the ticket was free, I would pay again to listen to Gigi talk about the Vatican and the Papacy. :
The tour guide was very informative, but we had some problem understanding his words.
Fantastic tour. Our guide had all the tips for getting us on the fence so that we were as close to the Pope as we could be. She kept us entertained for the hour wait with plenty of information about the vatican and the current and past Popes.
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Our guide was wonderful - she made sure we got good seats, had a vibrant and warm personality, and provided many interesting historical details. It was one of the highlights of our trip.
You can, if you want, get tickets for these Wednesday morning events for free - but I preferred to arrange this so the guide could give us some background and find the group good seats, which she did: we were next to the route the pope-mobile took, so got to see the pope twice - once in each direction. The day we were there was the 34th anniversary of the attempted murder of Pope John Paul II so security was tight and twitchy, and the gates opened early and the police shut off the square I think usually the guided tour would be longer. But I was very happy with this and got great photos of the Pope.