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Saint Peter's Square

Papal Audience

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Vatican: Papal Audience and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

1. Vatican: Papal Audience and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

See the Pope himself on a special early-access visit to the Papal Audience ceremony and guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica. Receive your invitation for the Papal Audience from the staff at Piazza del Sant'Uffizio, just in front of St Peter's Square. Then watch the Pope make his way to the stage and join the weekly gathering which includes prayers, blessings, and a homily. After the audience, enjoy a guided tour of the iconic Basilica of St. Peter. As you tour the Renaissance-style church, with its famous dome and unrivaled architecture, see masterpieces like Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's Baldacchino. To get a complete experience, select the option with the Vatican Gardens and enjoy insightful commentary on an open bus.

Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

2. Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

Once you arrive at the agency, you will start the tour right away. You will participate in Pope Francis' audience which takes place every Wednesday either in St. Peter's Square or Nervi Hall, inside the Vatican State. After receiving the blessings from the Pope, the activity coordinator will lead you to the bar where you will enjoy a typical Italian breakfast with a cappuccino (or americano) and cornetto (croissant). You will then venture through the walls of the smallest sovereign state in the world, your guide will explain to you the history of the magnificent St. Peter's Square and the reason why it is so important for catholic people all over the world. With your skip-the-line tickets, the guide will take you directly inside the Vatican Museums, a place enriched by rare and unique treasures. You will be able to see the masterpieces of famous Renaissance artists such as Raphael, Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. The marvelous Renaissance paintings and frescoes are not the only works you'll see, your guide will lead you to the Pigna's gardens and the octagonal courtyards, where you will admire the stunning ancient Roman sculpture of the Laocoon. At the end of the tour, you will enter the well-known Sistine Chapel, hold on tight — the extreme beauty of the celestial is something very unique and special. Pope Giulio II gave carte blanche to Michelangelo who developed this original and colossal fresco work. At the very end, you can choose either to spend more time in the Museums or to exit along with your guide.

Rome: Audience Pope Francis with Tour Guide

3. Rome: Audience Pope Francis with Tour Guide

After meeting your guide, listen as he illustrates the history of the Holy See and of Rome's popes. Learn about the important details of the magnificent and iconic St. Peter's Square and Basilica. Follow your guide as he escorts you to your seat for the event. Sit back and relax as you enjoy a spiritual experience with Pope Francis. Once the event ends, meet your guide so he can give you some more information on your stay in Rome before you head out for the night.

Rome: Papal Audience with Host and Pickup

4. Rome: Papal Audience with Host and Pickup

See Pope Francis on St. Peter's Square and attend his weekly public prayer service. Join the thousands of pilgrims who make their way to the Vatican City to receive an Apostolic Blessing every Wednesday. Benefit from the services of a host who will escort you from your hotel to St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. Take a seat outside St. Peter's Basilica to enjoy a truly spiritual experience in an amazing atmosphere. Listen enraptured as Pope Francis offers readings in several languages, and then join him in prayer before he imparts his Apostolic Blessing upon the adoring crowd.

Pope Francis Audience and Rome Coach Tour with Local Guide

5. Pope Francis Audience and Rome Coach Tour with Local Guide

To enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience of an audience with the Pope at the Vatican you need to have an appointment, and priority viewing tickets are limited. On your way to the Papal audience, you will travel by air-conditioned coach through some of Rome's major sightseeing spots, including the Piazza della Repubblica, the historic Aurelian Walls, the well-known Villa Borghese Gardens, and the northern gate of Rome, which leads into majestic Piazza del Popolo. Here you will have a chance to see the Egyptian Obelisk, dating back to the time of Ramses II. Before arriving at St. Peter's Square, and preparing for your audience with the Pope, you will glimpse the impressive Castel Sant'Angelo and the tomb of Emperor Hadrian. The Papal audience will be held in either St Peter's Square, St Peter's Basilica, or the Audience Hall, depending on seasonal conditions and the number of visitors taking part in the audience. Before the beginning of the audience, you will be given further information on when and where to meet.

Vatican: Papal Audience and Gardens of Vatican City Bus Tour

6. Vatican: Papal Audience and Gardens of Vatican City Bus Tour

See the Pope on a special early-access visit to the Papal Audience ceremony. Explore the spectacular Gardens of Vatican City and learn about Papal history on a bus tour. Depending on the option chosen, take a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica and marvel at its Renaissance architecture. Meet your greeter to collect your ticket just in front of St. Peter's Square. Pass security and join the weekly gathering. Then, watch the Pope make his way to the stage. Hear his greeting, prayers, and sermon. Pray together with the Pope before he imparts his blessing upon the crowd. After the Papal Audience, embark on a tour into the green heart of the world's smallest state on an open bus. Listen to the audio guide to learn about the gardens' 13th-century origins and how different pontiffs have influenced their design. Discover centuries of Papal history. Marvel at how nature, art, and the Christian faith blend together. Spot artworks and venerated images of the Blessed Virgin Mary enshrined at the Vatican Gardens. Depending on the option chosen, you can add to your experience with a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica before your bus tour. Marvel at the most important church in the Catholic faith. Admire its stunning Renaissance architecture and famous artworks, including Michelangelo's Pietà.

Full Day Tour Papal Audience and Vatican Museums With Lunch

7. Full Day Tour Papal Audience and Vatican Museums With Lunch

During the morning, you will be taken to St. Peter's Square to take a seat and enjoy a special religious moment. Pope Francesco will offer readings in several languages and pray with the faithfuls. At the end of the audience, you will enjoy a quick lunch and then continue your experience with a visit to the famous Vatican Museums with its classical sculpture galleries, tapestries and most significant paintings, collected in one of the most important museum in the world. Visit the famous Sistine Chapel and, through an exclusive access pass, enjoy the majesty of St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the whole Catholic Christian world, built on the tomb of the first pope in history next to the famous St. Peter's Square. The tour will conclude here.

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Arrive early!! Like about 7h to get less queue. We arrived at 8 am and entered at 8:40 am because of the queue at the RX. We saw the Pope very close, about 5 meters, in the Mobile Pope. If we had arrived earlier we would have stayed pretty close. Great walk through the gardens. Audio on the bus in Portuguese.

We missed the papal audience so I can't comment on that. They gave us a call afterwards to offer to join the afternoon tour (st. Peters). The guide (Maria) was very passionate and we learned a lot about little historic details that you probably won't find in a tour guide book.

It is an unforgettable experience. The tickets are free, but they give you tips to see the Holy Father up close and it was really worth it

Definitely a once in a lifetime experience. If it’s hot out bring sunscreen and maybe even a small umbrella but be courteous of others.

Excellent guide… Excellent location…. Thank you very much … we meet Francisco from you to your