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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.


  • 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

Eric R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Not a Catholic but he is an enigmatic man of the people. The crowd of tens of thousands began chanting Papa Frank as the Papal car drove through the crowd. He stopped to bless a small child less than six feet away, Great photos. He went to every handicapped, sick or needful person and greeted them all spending two hours in the noonday sun., There was no one overlooked. Also they opened the Holy Doors into St. Peter's in this Year of Jubilee and we were some of the first to walk through into the incredible Basilica. The Pieta on the right and the Canopy in front, the Dove window, so much, art, architecture, history, religion, wonder.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Once in a lifetime. Great spot to see the pope. The guide stayed for 2 hours with us explaining St. Peter's and the square. Providing interesting stories and history. I would love to do this one again!

Lanette G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We were fortunate to have access to the area where the pope was. We were 3 rows back. Very close. Our guide gave an informative introduction prior to her departure while we waited for the pope and the service.
For me, it was amazing.

Lourdes Panama

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was the best of all the tours we took! Extremely blessed to see Pope Francesko at 2-3 mts distance thanks to the place where the tour guide seated us - last line. The Pope passed by in his Papa Mobil right behind us. Indescriptible experience! A miracle that we were able to see him that close considering the thousands of people in the area. Make sure to arrive on time to the meeting point and to have a nice breakfast. Following reviews, we stay long after the Audience finish. We were able to see the Pope again when he was leaving St. Marco Square. Highly recommend!!

Lawrence K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Getting to see Pope Francis was a real experience. We were seated right next to the place the Pope mobile went by. You could almost touch him. If I could do it over again I would have also booked the Vatican Museum with this tour. Had to wait 2 hours for tickets.

Sally G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was an amazing experience, our guide managed to get us 9 rows from the front to see the Pope. We could see his every move and expression. The talk she gave before the audience was very informative. She was a great guide. This is a must if you are visiting Rome

Diarmuid O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a once in a lifetime experience, to be able to be so close to his Holiness was amazing. It was a shared experience made all the better with our exceptional guide Steph. She had an in depth knowledge of the papacy and having managed so many groups, she knew exactly where to wait which allowed us to get seats so close.

Nancy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

An awesome experience, this was a dream come true.

Lisa F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide Franesca was the best! She was very knowledgable and she knew exactly where to seat us. Pope Francis passed directly in front of us. A truly once in a lifetime experience.

Leann G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

this is not to be missed, our guide Giovanna put a lot of effect into her presentation, the seats were in a good position.

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