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Rome: Public Papal Audience

Product ID: 9293
Enjoy an audience with Pope Francis for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter at the Vatican City. Share a religious and multi-cultural experience with the Pope, while listening to the papal audience together with people from all over the world.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
Starting time 7:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants, date and language:



  • Experience heightened emotions during a public audience with Pope Francis
  • Join devoted Catholics from around the world
  • Take part in one of the most spiritual traditions in the world
  • Enjoy quiet moments to pray or reflect
Full description
Enjoy an immersive experience in Catholic tradition, see Pope Francis himself and learn the unique history of the Vatican City. Join this tour for Wednesday Papal Audience. The Audience represents a very intense point of contact between the Pope and the faithful coming from the four corners of the world.

Pope Francis and the Cardinals will pass through the crowd to reach the stage and then greet and bless people in different languages, with hymns and homilies.

With reserved pre-booked tickets for this extremely popular event, a coordinator will help you access the best possible seats as well as an audio device. The Audience may be celebrated in the majestic venue of St. Peter’s Square or in the dedicated Nervi Hall, according to Vatican schedule. In St. Peter's Square, you will also walk close to the monumental Castel Sant'Angelo and along Via della Conciliazione, in order to reach St. Peter's in the background and pass the security check-points to the Vatican City.

The coordinator will tell you the stories and the secrets of the Vatican, suggest where to sit and help you have a smooth arrival despite the crowds. Then, at the end of the Audience, about 11:30-11:45 am, you will meet the coordinator again in Via della Conciliazione 48, with a refreshing complimentary bottle of water and to return the audio device. 

Papal Audience tickets are free but are in very high demand. Planning your own arrival to this event could be very difficult. Book in advance with this tour to ensure you get to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

You may also choose to combine this special morning with an afternoon visit of the nearby charming Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums, or of the other icon of Rome: the Colosseum.
  • Booking and pickup of the Papal Audience tickets
  • Guaranteed admission to the Audience
  • Professional coordinator
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance tickets with skip the line to Archaeological Area
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Hotel pickup service

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Know before you go
• Please note that it is important you dress appropriately for this tour.
• This tour can only take place during the Holy Father's stay at the Vatican.
• There is no guide on this tour, so there is no commentary given in your language (the language selection is necessary to exclusively coordinate the groups).
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 124 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.5 / 5
  • Organization
    3.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4 / 5
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Walking tour through Rome to Vatican

Picked up from our hotel, we were driven to the meeting point to join the rest of the tour group. We were a large group (25+) walking through the streets of Rome passing by iconic sites along the way. Our guide was friendly but due to the size of the group and a faulty mic system that cut out more then it cut in, I heard next to nothing he had to say. Still it was a pleasant morning walk through the city. The tour concludes at the Vatican and from there we were on our own to make our way back.

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December 28, 2018

Great experience

It was good to have purchased this ticket online for papal audience as we don't have time and means to get the free ticket. It's worth the pay instead of going through the hassles of getting the free ticket. We were picked-up from the hotel and we had a tour guide who also showed us some historical places along the way.

June 2, 2016

An amazing experience

A very memorable event. Not too much of a guided event only on the bus and the walk to St Peter's Square. However the guide was very knowledgeable of Rome and had a good sense of humour. My only negative is that not enough time is given to shopping for souvenirs before the departure of the bus.

September 10, 2015

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Product ID: 9293