Papal Audience Experience with Pope Francis

Our expert guide will provide valuable insight into the history and traditions of the Papacy as well as details about the Papal Audience itself - elevating this experience into one of the most meaningful and memorable of your life. We reserve and pick up your free tickets, then navigate you through the crowd to secure the best available seats.


4.25 Hours

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Meeting Point

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Piazza Pio XII
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Tour inclusions: you get all of this

  • Our expert guide will provide insight into the history and traditions of the Papacy before the Papal Audience begins.
  • Although Papal Audience tickets are free, we take care of reserving and picking up the tickets for you, making the whole process stress free.
  • We arrive early to ensure you get a good spot to see the Pope as he circulates to greet the crowd. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Pope himself!

What makes this tour special?

You'll have an expert, English-speaking guide on hand to lead you through the huge crowds, directly to St. Peter's Square with individual headsets so you can hear your guide over the roar of the crowd. Once settled, your guide will provide an in-depth insight into the history and traditions of the Papacy and Papal Audience ceremony so you're fully prepared for the moment when Pope Francis takes the stage along with his Cardinals. Understanding the rich traditions of the Papacy and background on the event itself will make this one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

We know exactly where to sit so that the Pope passes by you when he enters! Pope Francis will give a special greeting. Then, with the help of his Cardinals, he will perform blessings in many languages, sing hymns and give homilies.

Find yourself only feet away from Pope Francis on our guided Papal Audience Service, where we secure your pre-booked tickets and ensure that you arrive in time to find a good spot to see the Pope, as he passes you greeting followers and priests from around the world. This Papal Audience experience is a perfect complement to our Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's Basilica Tour, which we offer 6 days per week, multiple times per day.

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 to crowds of up to 100,000. Pope Francis has already earned a reputation for interacting with his audience more than any pope before him. Papal Audiences have become a spirited event – with gathered crowds encouraged to pray and sing along. Attending this energetic display of faith is a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed by any visitor to Rome.

Although Papal Audience tickets are free, organizing your own can be a difficult process. We cut out the hassle by reserving your invitation for you, picking it up and bringing it to the meeting point. Then we lead you inside with plenty of time to secure a good place to see the Pope as he makes his way to the stage.

Due to the tremendous popularity of Pope Francis, record numbers of people attend the weekly Papal Audience. Book early to make sure you do not miss this incredible event.

*St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites may be subject to unscheduled closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. While we undertake to tell guests beforehand if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible. In these cases, we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Please note that appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.

*Unfortunately we are no longer able to accommodate wheelchairs on this service and will be unable to wait for guests arriving late to the meeting point. Guests should arrive 15 minutes ahead of their scheduled departure time.

*Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.

Guided Insight into the Papacy and the Papal Audience

Our expert guide will provide insight into the history and traditions of the Papacy as well as details about the Papal Audience to make this an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience!


Although Papal Audience tickets are free, we take care of reserving and picking up the tickets for you, making the whole process stress free.

Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

The Papal Audience, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Pope himself, is in high demand. Be sure to book early to secure your spot in this incredible guided experience.

Last 5 Reviews out of 382 Reviews

MICHAEL 17 January 2017
Awesome - knew exactly where to sit and we got a great view of the pope.

ROBERTO 09 January 2017
Ursus was very kind and very knowledgeable.

D 30 December 2016
Claudia was very upbeat and knowledgeable. She stayed with us and got us great seats to see the Pope!

JIM 30 December 2016
Our guide made sure we made it to our destination through large crowds. We were able to see the Pope very clearly during his entrance and during the audience. She made it a point to learn the names of all of us!

NICOLAS 16 December 2016
Warm friendly welcoming and extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Brilliant guide

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