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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.
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!
It is worth getting this tour.
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!
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.
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.
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.
So great and so helpful to have everything explained before you go in.
Patricia C United States of ...
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.
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.
the pope walked within 2 feet of us - kind of cool -:
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