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.
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 -:
This tour was amazing!
Tour guide Tiberias was wonderful. Kept us entertained when in line, and had interesting facts when in the audience hall. Got us great seats very close to where Pope Francis entered the audience hall.
Travelling Trio Australia
Absolute highlight of our Roman holiday this year. My son attends a Christian College and even though we had visited the Vatican and St Peters Basilica on previous visits to Rome, we hadn't done the Papal Audience which was on his wish list - so this time we did.
We had to be there at day break to meet our tour which was conducted by City Wonders. We met at Piazza Pio XII at the end of via della Conciliazione, facing St Peters Basilica.
Our guide took us to the queue for lining up and by chance, a side fenced off section as opened and she told us literally to run and get seats near the front but to the side as we could then see Papa Francesco as he drove past in his Pope Mobile and then walked to see the disabled persons.
We were then given a brief but detailed history of the Roman Catholic Church and the Popes which was extremely interested, and then she told us not to leave. If you leave to go to the toilets, you will never find your way back. There were tens of thousands of people, from tourists, locals, Italians from other areas and those on pilgrimages, as this is also a Jubilee Year where all the Holy Doors are open to walk through which only happens once every 15/20 years I believe.
The atmosphere was incredible. We had a Sicilian folk group in front of us and they were singing and playing the piano accordion, it was fabulous. Then all went still as the Pope Mobile came out and then the noise was unbelievable. He did 2 laps of the piazza in the mobile, then he got out and walked amongst the people. My son had moved to be near the walkway and he got some awesome close up pictures and Papa Francesco stopped right next to him and our son cried because he just couldn't believe how close he was. Such a beautiful experience for him. The person next to him offered the Pope a drink which he took and had a sip - very brave as my son said he doesn't know it might have had something poisonous in it but he is such a loving Pope and he is revered which is evident when you are in the audience.
The service is conducted in several languages and the cardinals all get up and speak in a different language and welcome people from everywhere. It is truly astonishing.
Afterwards the queues to enter St Peters Basilica are insane, and as we'd been several times before we didn't go back in this day, our son just wanted to walk through the Holy Door here, which he did. Sadly he was very roughly grabbed and pushed aside by a rude American tourist lady of about 50 years of age because she wanted her own photo, to which I in no uncertain terms went off my trolley at her and told her how absolutely rude she was - we were all there for the same reason and paid to attend this holy morning, we didn't need her rudeness. My son was crying and disgusted that an adult could treat him this way. This was upsetting but the guards told her to move on and growled at her in Italian, so that cheered my son up, bless him.
If you are considering this tour, you will be left speechless and amazed for sure. It is a long tour and thankfully not a very hot day as it was Autumn so just nice and sunny. It would be very uncomfortable if it were hot as you are sitting in the sun uncovered for about 4 hours so take plenty of water and snacks. Also not all tours give you seating, we were lucky, but City Wonders are a recognised partner/tour company with the Vatican City so they are definitely the ones to book through/request.
We were so close. We felt so blessed to see Pope Francis.
Glorietta Ugpo B Ireland
it was a great experience... highly recommended...
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!
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