Papal Audience Experience in Rome

Witness the Pope's blessings in St. Peter’s Square without the hassle of navigating the event alone. The tour operator secures your ticket and selects the optimal vantage point, ensuring you can fully embrace this awe-inspiring ceremony.

41.15 $

Meeting the Pope

Basic information

Included in the price:

  • Headsets to hear your guide (when necessary)
  • Escorted visit and presentation
  • Tour guide
  • Confirmed invitation and attendance to Papal Audience with Pope Francis
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Ticket reservation service and ticket pick-up (Tickets are free of charge)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up

Free cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

Reserve now & pay later: Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.

Duration 3.5 hours: Check availability to see starting times.

Live tour guide: English

Rome: Papal Audience Experience Reservation with Guide

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.

About this activity

Free cancellation. Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

Reserve now & pay later. Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.

Duration: 3.5 hours

Experience Highlights

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

Not suitable for:

  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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. The tour coordinator at the meeting point will be wearing a blue uniform. 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

It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour meeting points 30 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time

Important information

Not allowed:

  • Baby strollers
  • Baby carriages

The tour ends at the beginning of the audience, as the duration of the audience can vary. Please cover your knees, shoulders, and back.

Likely to sell out

From $41.15 per person

History and Traditions of Papal Audiences: Interactions of Pope Francis with the Faithful

The history and traditions of Papal Audiences hold a significant place in the Catholic Church. These events provide a unique opportunity for the faithful to come into direct contact with the Pope, receiving his blessings and guidance. This article delves into the rich tapestry of the Papal Audience, with a particular focus on the interactions of Pope Francis with the faithful.

Historical Significance

Papal Audiences trace their roots back to the early days of the Catholic Church. The Pope, as the spiritual leader of the Catholic community, has been a symbol of unity and guidance for centuries. The tradition of Papal Audiences began as a way for the Pope to address and connect with the masses, reinforcing their faith and providing pastoral care.

The Format of a Papal Audience

A Papal Audience typically takes place in St. Peter's Square or the Vatican Audience Hall, depending on the weather and the number of attendees. The audience begins with a procession, during which the Pope greets the gathered faithful. This is followed by a period of prayer, scripture readings, and a homily delivered by the Pope. The audience concludes with the Apostolic Blessing imparted by the Pope.

Pope Francis and His Approach

Pope Francis, known for his humility and compassion, has brought a unique approach to Papal Audiences. He emphasizes the importance of mercy, love, and inclusivity in his interactions with the faithful. Pope Francis often engages in personal interactions, taking time to meet individuals, listen to their stories, and offer words of comfort and encouragement.

Key Themes in Pope Francis' Audiences

Pope Francis' audiences often touch on crucial themes such as social justice, environmental stewardship, and the importance of unity within the Church. He encourages the faithful to actively engage with the world, advocating for the marginalized and working towards a more inclusive and compassionate society.


Q: How can one attend a Papal Audience?

A: To attend a Papal Audience, individuals must request tickets through their local diocese or embassy to the Holy See. Tickets are free of charge, but they must be obtained in advance.

Q: Are Papal Audiences open to people of all faiths?

A: Yes, Papal Audiences are open to people of all faiths and backgrounds. The Pope's message transcends religious boundaries, advocating for universal values of love, peace, and compassion.

Q: What is the significance of receiving the Apostolic Blessing?

A: The Apostolic Blessing is a special blessing imparted by the Pope, signifying his spiritual support and guidance. It holds deep symbolic meaning for those who receive it, conveying a sense of connection to the universal Church.

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1103 reviews

We never found the guide and they don’t want to refund us. Terrible, the most terrible experience. I came from the US for this...

traveler – United States

Worst experience ever. The tour guide wasn't where I was told. I called their number, but nobody could help me and they told me I had lost my tickets and money, even though I was at the designated place on time. I will never use your services again!


Just by being there early, at 6:30 AM, you can get a much better spot than what this tour can offer you. You can tour around the church and St. Peter's Square by paying much less...


It's a rip-off!!!! Get there early on Wednesdays and tickets are free.

traveler – United Kingdom

Even when I contacted you by phone, no solution was given. The answer was: "Sorry, we can't do anything." We were there with 5 more people from Brazil.