Papal Audience with Pope Francis Experience
Enjoy this exceptional experience where not only will you get to sit in a Papal Audience with Pope Francis, you will be guided to the best seats possible by an English speaking guide so you'll be mere feet away from the pope! Our guide will ensure that the entire experience goes smoothly, as well as giving you insight and background into the rich and vibrant history of the papacy as well as the papal audience itself, so you can truly appreciate this as being one of the most memorable experiences of a lifetime!
- Receive an insightful presentation from your tour guide about the history of the Papacy and the Vatican, and what to expect during a Papal Audience in particular
- Meet with your tour guide and group early in the morning so that they can nab you the best possible seats during the actual event.
- The operator will reserve and pick up your free invitations before the audience, which you wouldn't be able to do yourself if you're visiting from abroad, so all you have to do is show up!
- Each group will be small so that you won't feel lost in the massive crowds.
Pope Francis is the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church and, despite society being in flux in terms of faith, religion and science, he is much loved the world over by Catholics and non-Catholics alike due to his refreshingly liberal and open approach to the Papacy. As such, his audiences tend to draw even larger crowds as his papacy continues and navigating this crowd of people is overwhelming to say the least when alone, which is why our escorted service of the audience is the perfect and most hassle and stress free way of experiencing the Papal Audience.
Our operator requests your free invitations to the audience, picks them up and has them brought to you by your experienced and well informed tour guide. Your guide will give you a presentation about the history of the Vatican, the artists that have lovingly adorned the Holy See as well as the fascinating history of the Papacy itself before the Audience. They will walk you through what you can expect during the experience before providing you with headsets and guiding you to the location where the Audience will be held on that given day so you're ready for your gathering with the Pope.
They will then find you great seating for the event and stay with you until the Pope begins his address. Marvel at this age old ceremony, led by the Pope and assisted by numerous Cardinals who will preach in various languages to reach out to visitors from the world over. You will get to listen to the Pope's weekly message and get to pray and sing with Cardinals. Our guide will ensure that this once in a lifetime opportunity is a happy and memorable one!
- Confirmed invitation and attendance to Papal Audience with Pope Francis
- Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
- Escorted visit and presentation
- English-speaking guide
- Small groups of 20 people or less
Know Before You Go
The tour is available every Wednesday until November 18th. The tour departs promptly at 7:45 AM. Please arrive at the designated meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time and present your booking voucher to the tour coordinator/guide. The papal audience ends around noon.
Meeting Point and How to Get There:
You will meet your tour group of 20 or less people in Piazza Pio XII, facing St. Peters Basilica on the left hand side, at the corner, next to the Newspaper stand. The City Wonders coordinator will be wearing blue City Wonders polo shirt or jacket for easy recognition.
If you are arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani Metro A Station, exit the turnstiles – take the 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. Follow the colonnade to the left – 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.
It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure point themselves. Should you need map directions to get to the meeting point, please click here.
A special dress code is required to attend the Papal Audience. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will be refused entry if you fail to comply with dress code requirements.
Location of the Papal Audience:
Depending on the time of year the actual location of the Papal Audience may alternate. During the warmer months from approximately Easter week to the end of September the Papal Audience is held outdoors at St. Peter’s Square whereas during 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. Regardless of its location within Vatican City our tour guarantees entrance tickets. Your tour will end in St. Peter's square.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
How To Use Your Ticket
You will receive an email with your Papal Audience with Pope Francis mobile voucher instantly. No need to print. Please display the same on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point of the tour.
Our guide will be wearing a blue polo shirt or jacket at the meeting point for easy recognition.
We regret that our tour operators are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or mobility impairments on this tour. They are also unable to accommodate pushchairs or strollers on the tour.