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Rome: Papal Audience, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's

Product ID: 59731
Visit Vatican City to attend a public papal audience and receive the blessing of Pope Francis after a short panoramic tour of Rome. Enjoy lunch at a typical Roman restaurant and then tour the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German, French
Audio guide/headphones
English, Spanish, German, French
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Receive the papal blessing at a public audience with the Holy Father
  • Enjoy a typical Italian meal at a Roman restaurant
  • Skip the long ticket lines waiting to enter the Vatican Museums
  • Marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
Full description
On this special 8-hour program you’ll attend a papal audience in St. Peter's Square or Nervi Hall. See Pope Francis and listen as he welcomes pilgrims, imparts blessings, and leads the prayers.

You’ll be picked up at your central Rome hotel early in the morning and transferred to Vatican City.

This unique experience includes a short panoramic tour of Via Nazionale, Piazza Venezia, Corso Vittorio, Corso Rinascimento, and the Lungotevere, with a drop off at Piazza dei Tribunali. To reach St. Peter’s Square, your group will walk past Castel Sant’Angelo and along Via della Conciliazione.

You’ll check in at the Square with your guaranteed ticket, and the professional guide will recommend the best place for viewing the ceremony.

After the event you’ll be taken to a typical Roman restaurant nearby to enjoy a meal before returning to the Vatican. You’ll be introduced to the masterpieces of Christian Rome, including the renowned Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, with skip-the-ticket-line privileges and the insider’s point of view provided by your guide.

The Vatican Museums comprise 54 different galleries including 4 statue museums. You’ll have the opportunity to see many of the most famous works of art in the world, by artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio, Raphael, and Giotto, to name a few.

The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel. Completed around 1483, this is arguably the most famous chapel in the world due to the artwork it houses. See extraordinary frescoes including the famous ceiling and the Last Judgement by Michelangelo.

You’ll also skip the ticket lines waiting to enter St. Peter’s Basilica, a popular pilgrimage site. The Basilica is the largest church in the world and a shining example of Renaissance architecture.
Includes
  • Transportation
  • Booking and pickup of the papal audience tickets
  • Guaranteed admission to the papal audience
  • Lunch
  • Exclusive skip-the-ticket-line entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets
What’s Not Included
  • Blessing of rosary beads (optional; rosary not included)
  • Hotel pickup for Papal Audience is not included

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Piazza Risorgimento near Café Ottagono.

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Important information
Know before you go
• The Papal Audience is a free event and does not require a ticket.
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
• Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
• As this is a full-day tour which starts very early in the morning, you are advised to enjoy a rich breakfast before the tour starts or to request a breakfast box from your hotel.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.4 / 5
  • Organization
    2.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    2.9 / 5
  • Safety
    3.7 / 5
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Learned a lot from Doris.

Doris gave us an excellent tour of the museum and St. Peter's Basilica. She shared all of her knowledge with us, it was very interesting. But we had the worst meal in Rome at Satiricus and the time between audience and museum is way too long. Too much wasted time in this wonderful city.

April 9, 2017

Amazing experience, but really disorganised.

It's two tours mixed together, and unfortunately it took a while for the guides to work everything out. Meanwhile I was left wondering if I'd be better off just going off on my own and trying for a refund later. But it all worked out. And they do get you to St Peter's Square with plenty of time to score a good seat. And the guide for the. museum and basilica (David) is incredibly knowledgeable. The tour is worth it just for his commentary. I learned a lot. The lunch that's included is total rubbish though, cheap and nasty. I'd say book the tour, but find your own lunch.

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May 19, 2016

Excellent and with a guide who explained very well what we were seeing in each of the museums and in the cathedral of San Pedro. Thank you

June 1, 2018

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Product ID: 59731