Guided tour

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

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

Activity provider: TICKETSTATION SRL
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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

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English, Spanish, French, Italian
Optional audio guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • 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.

Receive your invitation for the Papal Audience from the staff at Piazza del Sant'Uffizio, just in front of St Peter's Square. 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.

Includes
  • 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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Participants

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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

  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • 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 and knees 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 68 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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Attention, the appointment is at 08:00 to collect the invitations for the hearing, but the queue starts around 06:30. Also on the same day, you are told that the visit to the basilica is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., but the papal audience ends around 11/11:30 a.m. Fortunately, getyourguide's customer service asked the Touristation service provider to include us on another guided tour.

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March 31, 2022

The papal audience was an exceptional moment, but in order to take advantage of this exceptional meeting time, we had to wait for the Pope to come to our level. Also we missed the 10:30 meeting for the visit of the basilica which we nevertheless paid for… the meeting time is far too fair because it is logical that someone who takes a pack including the audience waits for this moment meeting. We therefore visited the basilica, access to which is free by queuing and by our own means…moreover, the meeting time of 08:00 to collect the invitations is unsuitable because the queue begins around 07:00. Fortunately the person was there before but we had to get out of the queue to get the invitations. The people were kind and let us get back in line but the situation is awkward.

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March 18, 2022

I was at the meeting point 3 hours earlier and there was already a big queue! The guide was easy to find and I quickly received my invitation for an audience. After that I had to wait in line as usual because there is a check. Was super fast! After that I got a good place, the local police and guard help you to find the direction. After the audience we had the tour of the cathedral. Super nice woman who told us all the interesting details! I recommend it and will book guided tours again.

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March 17, 2022

Product ID: 405989