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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

gary.patterson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I booked this as a surprise tour to celebrate my wife and is 25th wedding anniversary. The Pope had been unwell the week before so the audience was held inside in front of 7000 people rather than the larger crowd outside. I am not a religious man myself but could not believe the enthusiasm of the crowd and the atmosphere is something that i will never forget. Our tour guide GiGi delivered the tour with enthusiasm, charm and wit and made the tour that little bit more memorable. I would highly recommend this if you are a religious person as you will not witness anything like it in a church.

dannychel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Worth it!

Marc R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

To receive the Pope's blessing was a once in a lifetime experience. Without the help of our knowledgable guide it never would have happened.

Tracey M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I give this a 5 star because the Pope came within 2 feet of where we were standing and that would not have happened if our guide was not seasoned, I had expected him to be a dot way in the horizon. I do think the description was slighly misleading, I thought we would be sitting in the front with reserved seats and I felt bad for some older folks in our group that may have thought that and could not get to the good seats. We had a track star that was able to run and get great seats. In the end it could not have been better for my group and the guide was knowledgeable and helpful.

Dennis L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was amazing, one of the highlights of the trip. Our guide was amazing, not good at remembering names. She took us to the perfect location, we were literally just steps away from the passing of the pope-mobile. The pope stopped right in front of us to bless a baby, so moving. I hope you are so fortunate.

Tom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Booked this tour for my wife and was pleasantly surprised. Informative guide and easy access to seating.

Ursula P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Thank you so much Viator for making our audience with his Holiness the Pope an amazing spiritual experience. We were efficiently and courteously gathered and taken by the delightful Gigi on a wonderfully presented tour. We really appreciated his attentiveness and knowledge. Fantastic. Thank you.

colleenwashburn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a great experience! It was nice to have a guide who knew the ropes.

honucanela

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Mom saw the Pope clearly. We were 5 rows from the front. It was worth it! Her wish came true.

adriana g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Without words just an amazing experience seeing Pope Francisco in person wow such a blessing

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