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Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation in St. Peter's Square provided by City Wonders

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Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation in St. Peter's Square

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On this tour, you’re promised an up-close encounter with one of the world’s most significant religious figures. While tickets to the weekly papal audience are free, this tour guarantees you entry and lets you bypass the busy crowds and find a prime viewing position right at the front. Audio headsets ensure you hear your guide’s in-depth commentary, and this intimate tour is capped at only 20 people.
You'll start at
Piazza Papa Pio XII, 8
Piazza Papa Pio XII, 8, 00193 Roma RM, Italy Meeting Point: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.
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    St. Peter's Square
    Stop: 4 hours -
    After meeting your guide near St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, put on your provided headset to start your papal audience experience. While the address is a Catholic custom, the event draws people of all beliefs from around the world each week. Following your guide, navigate the crowd to reach your seat, where you’ll have views of the pope when he arrives. While you wait, learn a bit about the history of the papacy in Rome and hear about Renaissance artists like Michelangelo who left such a beautiful mark on the Vatican. With your audio headset, you don’t have to worry about not being able to hear your guide over the throngs of people. As the address starts, listen to the cardinals leading pilgrims in prayer, and watch the pope deliver his blessings for the week. The service includes hymns, prayers and a homily. When the address is over, you'll be ready to explore St Peter’s Square on your own. Note: Immediately after booking, you must reconfirm your ticket using the phone number provided on your confirmation voucher. The local tour operator will ask for your home address, as this is required by Vatican City. Failure to reconfirm your ticket may result in it being canceled. Please also note that seating for the papal audience is limited. Your guide will do everything possible to secure you a seat, but on rare occasions, this may not be possible.
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You'll end at
Saint Peter's Square
Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
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  • Guaranteed entry to the weekly papal audience, a long-standing tradition
  • Enjoy a prime viewing position right at the front
  • Audio headsets ensure you hear your guide’s in-depth commentary
  • A cap of 20 attendees makes for a personal, intimate experience
What to Expect
The papal audience is a long-standing tradition that’s attended by both pilgrims and people of diverse backgrounds from all over the world. On this tour, you’re guaranteed seamless admission to this extremely popular weekly event. Meet your guide near St. Peter’s Square in the morning and don an audio headset, which allows you to clearly hear his or her commentary throughout the tour. Next, cut through the crowds and find a prime viewing position right at the front of the room. Learn about the history of the papacy and other stories from your guide. When the event begins, be perfectly situated to listen to the Pope’s address, watch the Cardinals lead pilgrims in prayer, and listen to the hymns, prayers, and homilies that are a traditional part of the papal audience. When the event is over, you can explore St. Peter’s Square at your leisure.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Piazza Papa Pio XII, 8, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Professional guide
  • Commentary (legacy of the Vatican presentation)
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Ticket reservation service and ticket pick-up
  • From the 1st April the group size is 25 people max
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Seating not guaranteed
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that papal audience tickets are free but can be difficult to organize. With our service you can cut out the hassle and collect your pre-booked ticket from your guide when you arrive!
  • Due to passing through security lines, early arrival is highly recommended. Security line may take longer than 15minutes before departure.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or mobility impairments on our tours as well as pushchairs or strollers.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Johnnyboy wrote a review Mar 2020
Liverpool, United Kingdom13 contributions
Visited Papal Audience on Ash Wednesday. It was an extremely spiritual experience. Th Holy Father, though clearly not well, walked among the crowds and spent a significant amount of time engaging with the audience . Please remember tickets are free and don't be tempted to 'buy'
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Date of experience: February 2020
Kathryn K wrote a review Mar 2020
Southport, United Kingdom38 contributions4 helpful votes
We met the guide at 7.00am and were seated by 7.45am right at the back/side of the front area which was perfect as the Pope passed within inches of us. This happened at 9.30 am but the time passed quite quickly as the tour guide spent almost an hour going through the history of
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Date of experience: February 2020
Jacqueline D wrote a review Feb 2020
35 contributions4 helpful votes
Ok, so it is hectic. Even though you need a ticket (through this tour or privately) there are thousands of people. Having a designated meeting point and guide to shuffle you through queues and lines is worth the value alone. Seriously insane with the number of people or
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Luisa J wrote a review Feb 2020
5 contributions
First of all City Wonders is great in communicating with the client. They sent great instructions, complete with the meeting place location in a map with the coordinates and it was easy enough to find. Our English guide, Gigi, was great giving us very factual and historical
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from CityWondersCS, Manager at Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation in St. Peter's Square
Responded 12 Feb 2020
Hello Luisa J, We thank you for your contribution on our site. I'm delighted to hear your comments about the service provided by Gigi, your tour guide. We'll pass on the message to them, as I'm sure they'll be happy to hear such a positive feedback. At City Wonders, we send text messages to clients booked on The Papal Audience tour, the night before, reminding them about the meeting location, and as well, we suggest that clients arrive with plenty of time at the meeting point prior the departure of their tour, since the square is closed sometimes for security reasons by the Vatican staff and reopens later in the morning. We've messaged you privately in order to get your booking reference/voucher number, so that we can check and follow up with the coordinator on the date of your tour, regarding your statement about their uniform. As stated on our website, although Papal Audience tickets are free, we cut out the hassle by reserving your invitation for you, picking it up and bringing it to the meeting point. Please note that since the election of Pope Francis, the number of people traveling from around the world to attend the Papal Audience has been rising significantly, sometimes with crowds of up to 100,000 people, therefore we advise in advance that you may experience crowds during this tour, and our guides try their best to navigate through them and get the best seats for you. I hope this has helped to clear some things up and we look forward to welcoming you back on tour in the near future. Best regards, Moisés, City Wonders team.
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Tricia G wrote a review Feb 2020
4 contributions
The actual meeting of the Pope and being so close to him. The whole experience was magical. Our guide was very informative indeed. However, on our tickets it said to be at the meeting point at 7.30 a.m. we then subsequently received a text telling us to be there before 7.00,
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Date of experience: February 2020
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