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