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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

Carla M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I don't know how they did it, but 50,000 ardent pilgrims were waving national flags and singing for several hours, then quieted and greeted Pope Francis, sitting in the rain while he spoke to us. No pushing, frowning, bad tempers. Great organization and security without blemishing the experience. Viva el Papa!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016



5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016



5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour is well worth the money spent on it. Our tour guide, Claudia led us through the security check point without a hitch. Other people without a tour were waiting in long lines. Our seating was in the center section nearest the stage. We were in an excellent location to see the Pope as he passed by. The earphones provided allowed Claudia to communicate with us over the noise of the crowd. She narrated and shared a lot of interesting facts and history about the Church.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A wonderful experience to see Pope Francis in person! Our guide was great, she got us great seats and we were able to see Pope Francis pass by from two different path ways.

Shaheda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

this was a great way to get in to see the pope. you meet at the centre of st peters square at an easy to find location. the guide is waiting for you. each person has to wear head phones as you will get lost. that week, the pope fell and was unable to stand so he invited everyone to go to his auditorium instead. this caused massive chaos. we waited in line for almost 2 hours in the terrible heat. everyone was budding in line and pushing and shoving. my 8 year old almost got run over on many occasions. if it werent for the guide, we would never have gotten in. she pushed her way through the lines and many times we were all separated and could not even hear her on the head phones. my only concern at that point was to keep my child safe. but we all managed to get into the auditorium. the guide was awesome. while we were waiting for the 2 hours, she taught us the history of the vatican and the popes, which is not part of the tour. as soon as we got into the auditorium, she takes your head phones and leaves. you are on your own from then on. we were happy to be in the auditorium as it was air conditioned and we had seats. it was 35 degrees outside and my 8 year old was exhausted and scared from the entire process. this is not recommended for strollers, carrying babies on your back or chest, walkers etc. bring a knapsack with water and snacks or because there is no where to stop. inside the auditorium there were washrooms.

Mary Ann D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The best!!!

Eugene K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

It was well worth the money spent to skip the line for the Papal audience. Our tour guide Claudia did a very good job of getting us good seats for the Papal audience.

Jina A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour guide was super cool and was very familiar with the flow of the crowds, and really did guide us to grab the best place to sit in order to see the pope. Would recommend to take this tour to anyone.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour, our guide was very a good person and the explanations very clear. Thanks for everything!!!!!!

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