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commentOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

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.
  • 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 Travelers Choose 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.
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.

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n
, Oct 2018

Don't waste money on this tour when guide didn't speak, only guided you were the best place to sit. Use your own judgement where to sit, the whole area is free to sit in and everyone runs to the pope anyways.

d
, Oct 2018

I was taking my elderly mother to Rome and tried for over 2 months to secure the free tickets, with no success. Finally, I just booked via this tour and it was the best decision I made! Sure, you have to get up very early, but the experience is worth it! Our guide managed to seat us near a barrier wall where the Pope passed by twice! We made many friends with the international crowd around us, and it turned out to be the highlight of our trip! If you are even considering seeing the Papa when in Rome - do yourself a favor and book this tour!

F
, Oct 2018

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.

D
, Sep 2018

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

D
, Sep 2018

We booked our visit to Vatican City to see the Pope. Last time we visited Rome we booked our tours through Viator and we were extremely satisfied. We feel the same way this time after having another excellent Guide who made the tour very educational. We sat in the 5th row to see the Pope. Thank you Viator!

n
, Aug 2018

I loved having the opportunity to see the Pope and glad I did it but a tour is not needed as the person sitting beside me got in for free and had the same seats as us.

S
, Aug 2018

Terrible Tour!!! This tour was my least favorite tour I booked with Viator. Seeing Pope Francis was amazing, however the event is a FREE event. I booked this tour specifically based on previous reviews that the tour company would seat you close and help you navigate the crowds to ensure an up front close and personal experience. Our guide Maritza was rude to several people in our group, sat our group in the very back on the side where it was impossible to see Pope Francis due to the swarms of people that rushed forward and filled the aisles. As soon as we were seated, she left and could have cared less about our experience. I could have done a better job on my own and will be doing this again the next time in Rome to create a better experience. Previous reviews stated the Papal audience was held in St. Peters Square, it is not. It is held in an indoor room, with air conditioning and limited space. Arrive very early to ensure you are front and center where he walks down the middle. Our group received nothing different than any other person who arrived for the audience. All this being said, GO see Papa Francesca!!! Just do it on your own to ensure you actually get to see him!

A
, Aug 2018

This was a wonderful experience and worth the money. Just be aware the Wednesday event is not a mass but a “message to the people”, but still wonderful. You will wait in the auditorium for about an hour before Papa Francesco come down The aisle from the back. Very neat as he shock hands and kissed babies

r
, Aug 2018

Amazing! Our tour guide Gigi was amazing and hilarious. He sped us through ably through St. Peters to get to the front of the line as quickly as possible. While in line, he explained the history of the Papal Audience as well as the origins of the Swiss guards. We learned a lot and the historical nuggets are quite valuable. Because it was hot, the Papal Audience was held indoors at the Sala Nervi. Once inside. try to get a seat close to the barriers to the center aisle, as that is where the Pope will make his entrance and exit. What a blessed experience.

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, Aug 2018

Our guide was not cognizant of the fact that some members did not hear her say to start listening to her introduction on St Peter’s Square nor about the Papacy.  She was nice and everything but it felt she was more worried about sounding dramatic.  It was only the last 20 minutes that our members realized that they must turn their headphones on. 
We were also seated on the 8th or 9th row and could not get a good glimpse of Pope Francis that some of us had to stand on our chairs. 
People in front of us were blocking our view which should have been avoided if people were told to  just sit down.  What a disorganized system. 
Those who did not pay for tickets had a better view of the Pope.


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