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!!!!!!
An amazing experience to sit so close to see the pope pass. Was truly a trip highlight.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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
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.
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.
this is not to be missed, our guide Giovanna put a lot of effect into her presentation, the seats were in a good position.
My Viatour tour was easy to book online and they were very helpful with any questions I had, even giving me directions from my hotel to the meeting spot. My guide's many years of experience proved valuable as all 20 of her group got front row seats and we were able to see Pope Frances very close up. All in all a very positive experience. Thank you
GianLuigi was the best. He had great information about the history of the Vatican and the Popes. He really took care of his tour group to make sure that we had the best possible seats for the event and boy was he right we were about 10 feet from the Pope. Honestly I wish the tour would have been longer as GianLuigi Gigi was so knowledgeable and had a great personality.
This is excellent. We were able to see the Pope really close. Would definitely recommend this papal audience tix and presentation.
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