Guided tour

Papal Audience Experience Tickets with Expert Guide Included

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

Papal Audience Experience Tickets with Expert Guide Included

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

From US$ 40.82 per person

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.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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  • 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.
  • Tour guide
  • Escorted visit and presentation
  • Ticket reservation service and ticket pick-up (Tickets are free of charge)
  • Headsets to hear your guide (when necessary)
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Confirmed invitation and attendance to Papal Audience with Pope Francis
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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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

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Baby carriages

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
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate with a QR code…) may change with little notice. It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites and comply with each country’s requirements. City Wonders will not be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 1064 reviews

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The excellent activity, super emotional and exciting to see the Pope. Although we had a bad experience with this tour, we arrived late at the starting point and lost the guide, which at first seemed like a tragedy turned into a unique experience. Actually I understand it is not worth paying for this activity, the entrance is free, it is advisable to arrive early between 7:30 and 8:00 am and you will find great places to see the pope when he crosses in the pope mobile, in our case we were stopped but the pope crossed right next to us. The only advantage of the tour is that they give you a bit of history, but at that price I would consider it.

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November 1, 2022

Excellent experience, our guide got us seats that were very close to the front and we were probably 8-10 feet away from the Pope when he went by in his car. Two points - 1) the directions they give you are confusing! Simplified- if you’re facing the Basilica, to the left of the curved arches is ONLY one news stand. This is where you’ll find their guide. We had to walk all around. 2) Although they said the guide would be wearing identifiable clothing, this was not the case! He had decided to wear a hoodie over the company shirt which further complicated finding them.

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October 22, 2022

Our guide Olga was very knowledgeable and she was able to skip the long line and we were in the ninth row of seats for the general public. We got to see Pope Francis as he rode around and we listened for an hour to his beautiful presentation to all of us. It was a very special once in a lifetime event for us! And so it was worth purchasing the guide tickets to get a good seat.

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September 29, 2022

Product ID: 20395