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Papal Audience Experience Tickets with Expert Guide Included

1. Papal Audience Experience Tickets with Expert Guide Included

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.

Rome: Papal Audience with Pope Francis

2. Rome: Papal Audience with Pope Francis

Enjoy a truly special occasion during your trip to Rome with this opportunity to be in the Papal audience at the Vatican. Experience the celebratory atmosphere as the Pope and his Cardinals greet and bless the crowd, and partake in this jubilatory event at the heart of the Catholic world. With an expert guide, enjoy the event from the best viewing point and learn about the significance of what you are about to see. Your guide will organise your tickets and secure a strategic vantage point in the audience to get you as close as possible to the Pope. Relax in the hands of their expertise as they navigate the crowds of thousands of people from around the world to ensure an enjoyable experience for you. Learn about Pope Francis and stories from papal history as you await the beginning of the ceremony, to appreciate the event in its full context. Then, the main event, as the Pope arrives and greets the crowd. Watch and listen as the Holy Father addresses the audience with a themed speech, conducts homilies, songs, and sometimes even blesses babies. Enjoy the atmosphere as the rejoicing crowd celebrates the Pope’s presence with songs and cheers. See the Pope up-close as he passes through the audience, and feel the warmth of the reception around you at this special occasion.

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

3. 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.

The Vatican: Private VIP Experience Tour

4. The Vatican: Private VIP Experience Tour

Your tour of the Vatican is optimized to offer you a VIP experience of the great masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel, the Pinacoteca, the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter's Basilica. There is only the one route that brings you to the Sistine Chapel, passing through courtyards and palaces dense with history and studded with works of art. Don't rush through them like a stranger; enjoy them in all their splendor. You will begin by encountering the Sistine Chapel, where you will walk through its charismatic walls and learn of the genius that was Michelangelo. You will learn of who he was, how he lived and what his greatest achievements were, as you walk around immersed in his work. Following this you will encounter the Raphael Rooms, which will allow you to enter into the courts of the Italian Renaissance. Following the Raphael Rooms, you will enter the Vatican Museums, where you will become familiar with stories of the art and history which are captured within these breathtaking rooms. Following your art and history tour, it will be time to experience the Pinacoteca, where you will discover Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and the last painting of Raphael. From the Sistine Chapel, you will then directly enter St. Peter's Basilica without waiting in line. Once at St. Peter's Basilica, you will learn the Story of Fatih whilst being brought to the center of the Christian faith.

Rome: Audience Pope Francis with Tour Guide

5. 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.

Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

6. Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

See Vatican City's top attractions on a sightseeing tour where you don't have to wait in line. Discover the treasures of the Vatican Museums with a guide or on your own. Take in the beauty of the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's incredible artworks. Explore the Vatican Gardens with an audio guide. Meet near the Vatican Museums and enjoy fast-track access to Europe's most renowned art collection. Dive into the art world with an expert guide or explore on your own, depending on the option chosen. Take in the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and more. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures at the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments. Finally, step into the world of Michelangelo as you uncover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Continue to the Gardens of Vatican City and receive your audio guide. Learn about the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Apostolic Palace, and the Governor's Palace. Admire St. Peter's Basilica from a unique perspective and immerse yourself in this peaceful hideaway.

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

7. 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: Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo Walking Tour

8. Rome: Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo Walking Tour

Travel along the dreamy Italian countryside, far away from the hustle and bustle of Rome. a true treasure trove of art and history. Visit the quaint village of Castel Gandolfo, perched atop the sapphire blue waters of Lake Albano, mushroomed around the Pope’s Summer Palace. Be accompanied by a member of the Vatican staff on a walking tour of the "green heart" of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo. Castel Gandolfo, which served for centuries as a summer residence and vacation retreat for the pope, is spread for 55 hectares. Enjoy the walk through the botanical and architectural wonders of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo. Its Barberini Garden produces and ships a basket of fresh produce to the Vatican. See beautifully maintained orchards, vineyards, and over 1000 olive trees around the farm. You can upgrade your walk in the Pontifical Villas with 2 wonderful options: Popes' Summer Residence Visit the Papal Apartment to delve into 500 years of history. Wander from the bedroom to the private chapel, from the library to the studio. Look at the balcony from where the Popes pronounced the Angelus every summer Sunday. Picnic in the Papal Gardens Enjoy lunch with traditional food in the garden picnic area. Savor a porchetta or vegetarian sandwich with bottled water, wine or beer, and typical wine biscuits. Immerse yourself in this treasure trove in the outskirts of Rome. Walk in the footsteps of the Popes around the 7 rooms and summer offices inside the Palace.

Rome: Public Papal Audience

9. Rome: Public Papal Audience

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.

Rome: Papal Summer Residence Half-Day Trip

10. Rome: Papal Summer Residence Half-Day Trip

Take a tour of the Apostolic Palace, stroll through the Barberini Gardens, and walk in the footsteps of the pope himself on this thrilling half-day trip. After meeting your host near Termini Station, a train will take you to Castel Gandolfo, where you’ll transfer to a comfortable open-roofed bus. Enjoy the Barberini Gardens for an hour while the audio guide explains the interesting details of the area. You’ll be fascinated by the sense of history and grandeur as you pass through this historical must-see. Take in the breathtaking views of the picturesque Lake Albano – and be sure to take lots of photos. From there, you’ll step into the impressive Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope. Take your time to enjoy this world of pure artistic beauty. Visit the luxurious papal apartments, see the gallery of the papal portraits, the extensive Vatican Library, and much more!  An absolute must-do for any visitor to the area.

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Grateful to our guide, guisepe for guiding us to the best area to see the Pope. The tickets for the general audience are free. But having a guide, atleast this guide, was truly a big help. He had perfect timing so we’ll be seated in a good area. There are chairs for the audience. I thought we’d be standing up until the audience was over. Be prepared however for the heat. June in Rome is not a joke. Bring water, hat or an umbrella.

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.

Except for initial problems recognizing the guide, everything was very well organized, best places and support.

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

My guide was amazing and the plan was perfect. Highly recommended!