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Papal Audience Tickets

One of the great attractions of the Vatican is to hear the Pope's blessing, but it is not always easy to see him in person: I tell you how, when and where you can see him or even attend the Papal Blessing.

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

8 min read

Papal Audience Tickets

The Pope greeting the faithful | ©RDMBP

The Pope is the bishop of Rome and the head of the Catholic Church, the largest Christian community in the world. Whether you are a religious person or not, getting to know the Vatican and the Holy Father is an experience not to be missed during your visit to Rome and the Vatican City. But how to see the Pope up close? Except in the case of VIPs, authorities or others who may have the honor of greeting the Holy Father personally, most pilgrims and tourists who visit the Vatican have two options to see the Pope in person: the Sunday Angelus (no ticket required, just be in St. Peter's Square at noon) and the Wednesday Papal Audiences

The best option

Papal audience at Vaticano (Wednesdays)

Secure your entrance to the Papal Audience the easy way

If during your trip to Rome you want to attend live the weekly Papal Audience at the Vatican but you don't want to waste time waiting in line, make sure you have a place by buying your ticket online in advance.

readings and chants by the Holy Father in various languages in the company of the cardinals. It ends with a prayer in Latin and a tour of the square by the Pope to impart his blessing on the faithful. The Wednesday papal audience is free but in order to attend it is necessary to get a ticket at the Vatican and pick it up in Rome in person. As places are limited and demand is very high, it is very difficult to get a ticket and unfortunately many people are left out due to lack of space. When you arrive at St. Peter's Square you can access with peace of mind from the hand of a tour guide who will help you get a good place just before the papal audience begins.

Why I like this option: it is the easiest way to secure your ticket and get a seat in St. Peter's Square at a reasonable price.Recommended if... you want to live an exclusive experience in the Vatican and not have to worry about finding your own tickets and risk not getting them in time for your trip ---.## Advantages of reserving your Papal Audience ticket in advance

St. Peter's Square on an audience| ©Michael Gaylard
St. Peter's Square on an audience| ©Michael Gaylard

day - First of all because places are limited and demand is very high. Booking your papal audience ticket in advance will ensure you access to St. Peter's Square to see the Pope up close during the Wednesday audience - Secondly because during this activity you will be accompanied by a local guide who will take care of all the details so that you can have the best possible view and enjoy this experience at your leisure - Thirdly because this ticket includes a headset so that you will not miss anything the Pope says during the audience.

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Why do I recommend this activity?

Faithful in St. Peter's Square waiting for the weekly audience| ©Dennis Sylvester Hurd
Faithful in St. Peter's Square waiting for the weekly audience| ©Dennis Sylvester Hurd

Having the opportunity to be a few meters away from the Pope and even, with a little luck, to shake his hand and pray with him in the heart of Rome, is an unforgettable memory for every believing Christian and a highly recommended experience.

I have fond memories of that day not only because I had the opportunity to see the Pope in person during such a special celebration, but also because we had a great time thanks to our guide who was always very attentive to us and helped the people in our group to get a good seat during the papal audience. I think that if I had gone to the papal audience on my own, the experience would have been more chaotic when it came to managing the reservation once in Rome because of the high demand and the shortage of seats for the event. Not to mention the long lines to get into St. Peter's Square and the difficulty in finding a good spot in the crowds. We, thanks to the guide, were fortunately able to see him up close and take lots of pictures. Everything went great!

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Frequently asked questions

Pope Francis during an Angelus| ©Wikipedia - Paris Orlando
Pope Francis during an Angelus| ©Wikipedia - Paris Orlando

What is the duration of the activity?

The papal audience ceremony as such lasts about 90 minutes.### In what languages is this activity available?
In Spanish, English and French.### Is there a dress code to see the Pope?
That's right, access to certain worship spaces requires dress etiquette that strictly applies to both men and women. Clothing that exposes shoulders and knees is not allowed, so if you do not comply with this dress code you could risk not being allowed to enter the papal audience or the Angelus. It is not necessary to dress in an extremely formal way but since you are going to see such a distinguished personality and perhaps take a souvenir photo with him, I recommend that you choose an elegant look.### Is it possible to bring an object for the Pope to bless?
Yes, it is possible. I advise you to choose a small object such as a rosary, a crucifix or a holy card. For security reasons, it is better not to carry large objects, bags or backpacks.### Is this activity accessible for people in wheelchairs?
In fact, this tour is suitable for people in wheelchairs as long as they travel with a companion who can help them get on and off the bus. The tour operator notes that wheelchairs will be stored in the luggage compartment of the bus.### Is it possible to bring strollers?
Yes, strollers may be brought on the bus, but children must be seated on their parents' laps.### What happens if it rains?
If weather conditions do not permit the Wednesday papal audience to be held outdoors, it is held inside St. Peter's Basilica or in the Audience Hall (Paul VI Hall or Nervi Hall) depending on the number of people attending, for which they are divided into groups in order to accommodate them properly.### Is there a line to get in?
Some people line up early in the morning but it is not necessary to be there so early, just enough time to go through the security controls and try to get a good place, and that is taken care of by the guide of the activity who has everything under control.### Will we have reserved seating?
It is important to note that the tickets do not include the reservation of seats because they are occupied as people arrive at the square. The seats are not numbered. If you do not get a seat in the best positions, do not worry because the square is huge and you can stand on the sides or in the rear sector. In fact, the event can be heard well from all locations.### How long does the event last?
The Pope makes his appearance in St. Peter's Square at 9 AM aboard the popemobile to greet the faithful personally and the papal audience begins around 9:30 AM. The start of the event may be a little delayed because greeting the people in the front rows is what takes him the longest, especially when it comes to the sick, children and newlyweds to whom he devotes special attention. The Papal Audience lasts approximately 90 minutes and at the end the Holy Father returns to walk around the entire square to impart his blessing to the attendees before leaving.## Other options to see the Pope

Private Audience of the Pope| ©Presidencia El Salvador
Private Audience of the Pope| ©Presidencia El Salvador

The Sunday Angelus

Another great opportunity to see the Pope in person is during the celebration of the Angelus on Sundays at noon, whenever His Holiness is in the Vatican. Unlike the papal audiences on Wednesdays, it is not necessary to get a ticket to participate in the Angelus ceremony. It is a simple event and it is enough to get to St. Peter's Square before 12 PM to get a good seat. In this Sunday ceremony that lasts about 20 minutes, the Pope looks out the window of his room in the Apostolic Palace (to the right of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica) to greet the faithful gathered in the square. He then offers a brief homily to those present, prays the Angelus with them and ends with a general blessing. On this occasion you will see the Pope from afar, at the window of the papal apartments, but attending the Angelus in Rome and praying with the Holy Father is also a unique and unforgettable experience for any Christian.### The Pope's daily Mass at Santa Marta

Every day His Holiness celebrates Mass at his residence in Santa Marta. If for some special reason you would like to participate in this celebration in the company of the Holy Father, you can request permission from the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household by fax by filling out the form on the Prefecture's website. However, as is logical, this type of permission is granted in a very restricted way because of the dimensions of the Pope's chapel and the characteristics of this kind of ceremony.### A private audience with the Pope

The dream of many people is to have a private audience with the Holy Father. If this is your case, all you have to do is write a letter to the Vatican requesting a private audience with the Pope and expressing the reasons why you want to have a personal meeting with him. Who knows, you might get lucky - nothing to lose by trying!## If you enjoy a papal audience in Rome, you may also be interested in

Visit the Sistine Chapel| ©Calvin Craig
Visit the Sistine Chapel| ©Calvin Craig

After seeing the Pope in person you may want to visit the inside of St. Peter's Basilica, the seat of Christianity. You can read more about this experience here: Tickets for St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. If you visit Rome you can't miss the Vatican Museums, one of its great treasures where you can also contemplate the spectacular Sistine Chapel. Everything you need to know you will find in the articles Where to buy tickets for the Vatican and Tickets for the Sistine Chapel in Rome. And although it does not have the fame of the Vatican exhibition halls, the Capitoline Museums are a highly recommended visit that is not usually included in the most typical tourist circuits. If you want to know more about this museum, do not miss the article: Tickets for the Capitoline Museums.

Frequently asked questions

  • How long does the papal audience last?

    The papal audience usually lasts between 1 hour 30 minutes and 2 hours.

  • What time should I arrive at the papal audience?

    If you want to get a good seat at the papal audience, it is usually advisable to arrive 3 hours in advance. Keep in mind that you will have to go through a security check which could delay your entry into the Vatican, especially if you have a large crowd in front of you.

  • Can I bring an object to be blessed at the papal audience?

    Yes, you can carry an object to be blessed, but for security reasons it is better not to carry a backpack or a large bag.