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Vatican: Papal Audience and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

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Activity provider: TICKETSTATION SRL

Vatican: Papal Audience and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

Activity provider: TICKETSTATION SRL
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From US$ 28.50 per person

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Attend the Papal Audience in the Vatican City and take a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica. Enrich your experience with an open bus tour of the Vatican Gardens with audio guides (if selected).

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English, Spanish, French, Italian
Optional audio guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian


  • See the Pope inside the Vatican City and receive his blessing
  • Marvel at the most important church in the Catholic faith
  • Admire Michelangelo's famous Pietà
  • Enjoy a guided tour of St Peter's Basilica with an official guide
Full description

See the Pope himself on a special early-access visit to the Papal Audience ceremony and guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica.

Arrive at the meeting point and meet the staff. The staff will inform you about the Audience (free entrance) and your St. Peter's Basilica guided tour. Then watch the Pope make his way to the stage and join the weekly gathering which includes prayers, blessings, and a homily. After the audience, enjoy a guided tour of the iconic Basilica of St. Peter. As you tour the Renaissance-style church, with its famous dome and unrivaled architecture, see masterpieces like Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's Baldacchino. To get a complete experience, select the option with the Vatican Gardens and enjoy insightful commentary on an open bus.

  • Papal audience invitation (not skip-the-line)
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica (not skip-the-line)
  • Assistance at the meeting point
  • Vatican Gardens by open bus (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Guided tour during Papal Audience
  • Entrance and guided tour of St Peter's Dome
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Show your voucher to the Touristation staff carrying an orange umbrella next to the security check entrance in Piazza del Sant'Uffizio. You'll receive your invitation to the Papal Audience After the audience, meet your guide at the end of the left colonnade of St. Peter's Square, near the metal detectors, at the intersection of via Paolo VI and Piazza del Sant'Uffizio

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Glass objects

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security
  • This tour does not include skip-the-line access to any locations visited
  • Shoulders, knees, cleavage, and upper arms must be covered inside the Vatican City
  • The guided tour into St. Peter's Basilica will take place after the Papal Audience. The timeslots available are 13:30 - 14:30 - 15:30 - 16:30
  • The staff will book the first available on the date of the audience
  • Please contact the activity provider in case you need a specific timeslot
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 85 reviews

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We missed the papal audience so I can't comment on that. They gave us a call afterwards to offer to join the afternoon tour (st. Peters). The guide (Maria) was very passionate and we learned a lot about little historic details that you probably won't find in a tour guide book.

June 22, 2022

Even if in our experience we were unable to make the Papal audience and the visit to the Basilica on the same day because it was too crowded, through assistance we were able to reschedule the visit to St. Peter's for the next day. Our guide with little time available was able to tell us the essentials with some anecdotes and some curiosities. She proved prepared in answering all the questions of the little ones (including the most singular questions). Thank you and we will certainly recommend this experience.

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April 28, 2022

The audience with the Pope was an experience even if you shouldn't be religious. It was a great atmosphere. Unfortunately, our tour was reversed afterwards, but that was ok because we will be going to Rome again. We had booked other tours but unfortunately this was the "worst one," the tour guide was more busy running through the Vatican and said several times that time is just too short because he has the next tour soon. This is of course not ideal. But the morning was great.

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April 24, 2022

Product ID: 405989