1. Italy
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  3. Rome
  4. Vatican City

Papal Audience Experience Tickets with Expert Guide Included

Product ID: 20395
See the Pope give praise in St. Peter’s Square without the stress of navigating the event on your own. The tour operator reserves your ticket and selects the very best viewpoint, so you can fully appreciate this inspiring ceremony.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:



  • Experience the only accompanied Papal audience
  • Listen to comprehensive explanations of the Papal audience from your local guide
  • Receive fascinating insights for believers and non-believers from all countries and religions
  • See Pope Francis up close as he passes by your carefully chosen vantage point and leads the crowd in prayer and song
Full description
No need to go through the hassle of reserving and collecting your ticket for the Papal Audience: it’ll already be there waiting for you when you meet your guide. While others are still collecting their tickets, you’ll be taking up a carefully chosen spot in St. Peter’s Square and settling in to wait for Pope Francis to arrive.

Your guide will prepare you for the Pope’s entrance by explaining the rich history and traditions behind the Papal Audience, and the Papacy itself. Even as the crowd builds in anticipation of the ceremony, your headset will still let you hear your guide loud and clear.

When his holiness Pope Francis himself arrives, circulating to greet the crowd, find that he passes right by your vantage point. The Pope will take the stage to give a special greeting to the assembled crowd, then he and his Cardinals will perform blessings in multiple languages, sing hymns and perform homilies. With the background provided by your guide, have an even richer appreciation of the ceremony.

Pope Francis has earned a reputation for interacting with his audience more than any previous pope, with crowds encouraged to pray and sing along. Papal Audiences today can be transformative events, and record numbers of people wish to attend. This is your chance to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience without the stress of navigating the booking process or the 100,000-strong crowd.
  • Local German, Spanish, French, Portuguese or English-speaking tour guide (depending on option selected)
  • Booking and confirmation of participation in the audience
  • Headsets to hear your guide (when necessary)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The meeting point is in Piazza Pio XII, opposite the Basilica. With the Basilica behind you, head to the right-hand corner of the piazza. If you're coming from Ottaviano metro station: • Take the exit for Via Ottaviano and walk until you reach Piazza Risorgimento • Continue walking across the piazza (square) where you will see the walls of the Vatican • Continue until you reach Via di Porta Angelica at the portico. Follow the row of columns to your left, and you'll reach Piazza Pio XII The tour's coordinators at the meeting point will be wearing a blue jacket or blue polo shirt.

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Important information
Know before you go
• The tour ends at the beginning of the audience, as the duration of the audiences can vary.
• Please dress in appropriate clothing (covered knees, shoulders, and back).
• Unfortunately, customers with wheelchairs or walking disabilities cannot participate. Furthermore, baby carriages or strollers cannot be accommodated.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 1049 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.1 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.3 / 5
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This is one excursion I pondered long and hard about because I know you can get the tickets for free. I am so pleased I went for the guided option as the guide knew how everything worked, guided the group through the security checkpoints and made sure we sat in the best available seats. I managed to get within 1 metre of the pope as he made his way through the crowd and that experience was worth every penny

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January 23, 2020

Would recommend it!!

Mari Estella was great. She was very informative and personable. She found us great seats with a good view of the pope. Would highly recommend this tour. To the company, I would say that they need to be more specific on their instructions on how to get in to the meeting point. It worked out in the end so no biggie.

September 20, 2019

Nice to be well seated to see the Pope and with interesting stories during the waiting time, but quite expensive

February 13, 2020

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Product ID: 20395