01 Jan - 30 Jun & 01 Aug - 31 Dec: WednesdayDuration
4 hoursStart time
(Please make sure you arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure time as the group cannot wait)
Meet your guide at Piazza Pio XII. At the end of Via della Conciliazione, facing St. Peters Basilica, our meeting point is located on the left hand side, at the corner, next to the Newspaper stand.
Arriving by Metro to Ottaviano Station:
Take St Peter’s Basilica exit. Once you exit the metro station walk down Via Ottaviano until you reach Piazza Risorgimento. Continue walking straight across the piazza and you will see the Vatican walls – follow Via di Porta Angelica until you arrive at the colonnade. Keeping the colonnade on your right – at the end of the colonnade you will see on the left a large Piazza and a main street (Via della Conciliazione). Facing this street with the Basilica at your back, our meeting point is located to the right side of Via della Conciliazione at the corner, next to the Newspaper stand.
Within the Vatican, the exact location will vary
Every Wednesday thousands of pilgrims from around the globe gather to see Pope Francis. Unfortunately, with limited places, not everyone can participate. Also, with so many people wanting to attend, it can be a daunting task to arrange your own ticket and find your way through the crowds.
This one-of-a-kind escorted service not only makes sure that your tickets are reserved but also guarantees you a seat.
By way of an introduction, you’ll be treated to a full presentation on the fascinating story of the Papacy from the early Christian era to the present day.
You will then feel the force of faith and history as the Papal Audience begins. Hear the Cardinals preach in myriad languages to crowds of pilgrims from every corner of the world. Listen to Pope Frencis’s weekly message.
Sing with the worshippers or pray with the Pope or just absorb the extraordinary atmosphere of this powerful and moving occasion. It will be an experience you will never forget.
Use this ultra-convenient escorted service to enjoy a Papal Audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican City.
Your escort will have your tickets ready and will guide you through the crowds of pilgrims. An early arrival will ensure that you get good seats. The actual location of the Papal Audience caries according to the time of year. During spring and summer Audience is held outdoors at St. Peter’s Square while in the colder months the Audience takes place in the Sala of Paul VI within the Leonine Walls of Vatican City. The decision regarding the location of the Papal Audience is made by Vatican officials the day before the event.
Before the Papal Audience begins, you will watch a presentation on theLegacy of the Vatican. This unveils the fascinating history of the Papacy and the artists that contributed to the marvel of Vatican City. You will be provided with headsets and guided to your seats in St. Peter’s Square or the Sala of Paul VI.
Once seated, your guide will explain the origin of the Papacy from the first Christians through Constantine’s era and up to the current wonder of the Holy See. You will discover the history of St. Peter’s Square created by Bernini in the 17th century as you become familiar with the smallest sovereign state in the world. Your guide will provide a detailed explanation of the events of the Papal Audience and prepare you for your meeting with Pope Francis.
When the Papal Audience begins you will experience awe and wonder as the Cardinals preach in various languages to reach out to pilgrims and visitors from the far reaches of the world. Listen to the Pope’s weekly message as he enters the central stage. Feel free to sing with the spiritual leaders of the Church and pray with the Pope – the Head of State of Vatican City.
The Audience ends about noon and it is then your responsibility to arrange your own transport back to your hotel or other destination.
It is important that you reconfirm this tour after booking or at least 7 Day(s) prior to the Papal Audience, on the phone number provided on your voucher or on +39 068 336 0561. There are new safety rules which have been set in place by the Vatican Prefettura Apostolica which mean you will need to provide the full contact details [home address, email, passport, ID Card and phone number] of each guest for the Papal Audience. If you are not able to provide all the above information you may be denied admission to the Papal Audience.
You must arrive at the designated meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time and present their tour voucher to the tour coordinator/guide.
Late arrivals will not be able to catch up with the group and no refunds will be given for those who arrive after departure time.
Entry to the Papal Audience is governed by a strict dress code. Men and women must have their knees and shoulders covered. No low-cut tops for women. Guests who do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry. The tour operator cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
Francesca was an excellent tour guide. She directed us to a great location for viewing the Pope and was interested in making our experience memorable!...Vincent A Giamalva
Excellent service provided by a well informed guide who clearly understood the system and managed to get us very good seas so we could see the Pope clearly. Would definitely...Mrs Pauline M Casey
I realize the tickets to the Papal Mass are free, but paying for the tour in order to skip the line is worth every penny! Laura, our tour guide, was very nice and sweet. She...Elida R Santana-Ruiz