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Papal Audience and Vatican Museums Tour

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Good guides. We had excellent venues for the Pope's audience. It would be good to be warned that the visit to the Vatican Museums is long. Many people in the group complained of excessive tiredness. We loved it.
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Enjoy this unique experience of the Holy See with this combination tour which includes entrance to an audience with Pope Francis and a guided tour of the Vatican Museums.

Enjoy this unique experience of the Holy See with this combination tour which includes entrance to an audience with Pope Francis and a guided tour of the Vatican Museums.

Papal Audience and Vatican Museums Tour

After meeting at Via della Conciliazione at 7:20 am, we'll head to St. Peter's Square, the central hub of the Vatican.

As we walk towards the Vatican City, the guide will keep you informed and entertained with interesting facts about the history, architecture and the different popes of the Holy See. We'll then arrive at our seat in St. Peter's Square a little before 9 am to follow Pope Francis' traditional Wednesday homily. This moving and evocative event will allow us to follow the pontiff's sermons and advice at close quarters for around 2 hours 30 minutes.

Once the mass has finished, we'll meet on Via Giulio Cesare to begin a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. On this tour, lasting around 3 hours 30 minutes, you'll be able to explore some of the treasures in the History of Art. You'll admire unforgettable pieces such as Laocoön and His Sons and Raphael's Gallery of the Tapestries.

This visit to the Vatican Museums also includes access to the Sistine Chapel. We'll visit this room, in which popes are selected, and marvel at its world-famous paintings, including Michelangelo's "The Final Judgement". In addition to this extraordinary work of art, you'll observe other details worth knowing about this famous chapel.

Once our tour of the Vatican Museums has finished, you'll have the opportunity to continue exploring on your own.

Hotel Pickup

When making your booking, you can choose to be picked up from your accommodation in Rome if it is located within a radius of 5 miles (8 kilometres) from the meeting point. We'll pick you up from your hotel at 6:20 am to head to St. Peter's Square for the Papal Audience, and then visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. The tour ends at the Vatican.

Please note

  • The Papal Audience only takes place on Wednesdays. If you'd prefer to visit the Vatican City on another day, we recommend our Guided Vatican Museums Tour.
  • This combined tour includes reserved tickets: you'll have priority entrance to the monuments and skip the ticket office line.
  • This activity is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
  • To ensure safety measures against the spread of Covid-19, access to St. Peter's Basilica from the Sistine Chapel is temporarily closed, so the Basilica will not be visited during the tour. In any case, entrance to the Basilica is free of charge. You can visit it on your own before or after the tour, entering from St. Peter's Square.
  • Tickets to the Pope's public audience are free of charge. The price of the service is for the guided tour, assistance, booking management and, if you book it, transportation.

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Price

Adults Children 6-12 years old Children under 6 years old
Tour without pickup
74 69
44 42
Free
Tour with pickup
79
49
Free

Tour without pickup

  • Adults

    74 69
  • Children 6-12 years old

    44 42
  • Children under 6 years old

    Free

Tour with pickup

  • Adults

    79
  • Children 6-12 years old

    49
  • Children under 6 years old

    Free

* The indicated price lowers on the 19 of October

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Covid-19 Measures

Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Show more

The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.

Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use.

The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.

Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

Alcoholic drinks are not available.

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Duration

7 hours - 9 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

Hotel pickup (depending on selection)

English speaking guide

Reserved ticket for papal audience

Reserved skip the line ticket for Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel

Use of headphones to follow explanations

7% discount on the official ticket price.

When to book?

You can book up until 8 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Pets

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Is access to St. Peter's Basilica included?

    A - Due to COVID-19 restrictions, entry to St. Peter's Basilica is not included. However, you'll be able to enter on your own at the end of the tour.

  • Q - How long does the Papal Audience last?

    A - Mass usually lasts until 11:30 am, although it can extend to 12 pm, so you'll need to keep track of the time in order to get to the second activity.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.
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(-7%) 74
69

Meeting point

Via della Conciliazione, 48. In front of the Domus Artis shop.

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