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Attend the weekly address of the pope with this papal audience ticket. In Vatican City, your guide will lead you through the mass of people to a prime location, where you’ll watch the pope address the crowd, and hear about the historical tradition of the papal audience. With a personal audio headset, you’ll be sure to hear everything the guide says above the noise of the crowd. While the weekly audience with the pope draws very large numbers, this ticket provides guided commentary in a group limited to 20 people.

Highlights

  • 4-hour papal audience experience in Vatican City
  • Cut through the crowds to a prime spot to see the pope
  • Listen to your guide via an audio headset to hear the history behind the papacy
  • Learn of the traditions associated with the papacy and the Vatican
  • Hear the cardinals address the audience in prayer
  • Watch as the pope delivers his weekly message and offers blessings
  • Small-group experience limited to 20 people ensures personal attention from a guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Papal audience tickets are free, but can be difficult to organize. Cut out the hassle and collect your prebooked ticket from your guide when you arrive. Then, head inside St Peter’s Square early to ensure the best possible views of the pope’s address.

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What You Can Expect

Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation

Watch the pope deliver his weekly address in Vatican City

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.

Customer Reviews

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

You might be able to get close on your own, but guide knows exactly what to do and gets you to prime viewing spot!!! Worth it!

mitay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It is worth getting this tour.

julia.maloney

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellent communication by Viator beforehand to ensure we knew what we had to do and where we had to meet on the day of the tour. Our Tour Guide was great and we all wore hearing devices so we didn't get lost. She got us through security and into the auditorium winter as quickly as possible and got us good seats as close to the middle aisle as possible where the Pope walks down. She gave us an interesting overview while we waited and then collected our hearing devices and left. My husband and I were overwhelmed by the experience of seeing the Pope so near to us. My photo memories are great. I would recommend this tour for first timers to the Vatican who don't want to wait in queues and who want to be assured of a seat as close as possible to the aisle. Tickets are free, but unless you have been before, you wouldn't get an experience like this tour provided. Also, our tour was in winter with fewer crowds but still there were huge crowds and the auditorium was full!

kizzy29

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The guide certainly knew her subject well. Disappointed that the group had to queue to get in as I thought buying the ticket got me passed them.

However nothing could dampen the feeling i had in the Popes presence.

Sharon R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I'm glad I booked tickets ahead of time. We got there early enough to get seats with a great view of the Pope's entrance.

Lisa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic excursion! Must be done at least once in a lifetime. Guide/host was very personable, knowledgeable and informative. Our location for the mass was the front third of the piazza and next to the roadway for the Pope's vehicle to pass by. Vatican and St. Peter's visit was amazing. Highly recommend.

Megan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

So great and so helpful to have everything explained before you go in.

Patricia C United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very much enjoyed the tour. Our guide was excellent, detailed knowledge of the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. She had some pictures to show us details before we entered the Sistine Chapel, so we could better appreciate it.

Maria K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Well done. They took us up and close... second row of chairs to see the Pope as he passed by. Always a thrill. And always great to not get escorted around the lines and crowds.

Allen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

the pope walked within 2 feet of us - kind of cool -:

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