Papal Audience – A unique experience of The Holy See and touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
Enjoy an audience with the Pope!
- English-speaking guide
- Papal audience reserved ticket
- Skip the line tickets for Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Papal Audience and Vatican Museums Tour
9 hrs. | Start: 8 a.m. | Participants: Max (It is not listed)| English-speaking tour, but one other language can be arranged.
Meeting Point : Piazza Del Risorgimento
The group will meet the guide and head towards the heart of the Vatican City – St Peter’s Square.
Along the way, your guide entertains with interesting stories of the Vatican including the rich architecture and history. You will also learn about the different Popes and their love for art, and collection of religious artefacts. Once the group clears the security checkpoint at St Peter’s, you will now be part of the weekly audience with Pope Francis. Visitors from around the world book in advance to be part of this momentous occasion. St Peter’s is the preferred place for the audience as it allows for visitors to sit or stand and has a capacity for up to 80,000 visitors. This is a rare spiritual moment, and very few get a chance to experience this in their lifetime. The Papal audience ends around lunch-time and you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
Then, starts the three-hour afternoon tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. You will see art collections, frescos, sculptures, fountains, marble columns, and many other treasures as you pass through the Vatican Galleries. Experience Raphael’s masterpiece, ‘The School of Athens’ celebrating the Renaissance style. ‘Laocoön and His Sons’ is an ancient sculpture which is almost life-size and shows the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons being attacked by sea serpents. Your guide will tell you who survived and who perished.
Your Papal audience tour includes skip the line access and so you will gain direct entry to the Sistine Chapel. The group is shown in the papal conclave room where a new pope is elected. Marvel at the frescoed ceilings painted by renowned artists such as Michelangelo.
The tour ends here.
For an experience of a lifetime and see the Pope live, come on, book it!
Important Reminder – Papal Audience and Vatican Museums Tour
- This tour is only available on Wednesday as this is the day the Pope addresses the audience. We do have other tours to the Vatican City on other days.
- On a rare occasion, the Holy See may close St Peter’s Basilica at very short notice – if this occurs during your tour, you will spend more time in the Vatican Galleries and the Sistine Chapel.
- Free entry for children under the age of 3.
- This tour is not ideal for wheelchair-bound visitors (including pushchairs and strollers) as well as visitors with hearing disabilities. We are more than happy to organise private tours for wheelchair and hearing disabled visitors. Please contact us.
- There is a lot of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes as the ground can be rather uneven at the Colosseum.
- You will be asked to pass through airport-style security checks at the entrance of the Colosseum, so please only carry a light backpack as many items are restricted (pointed umbrellas, large suitcases and big backpacks, weapons, firearms, knives). You can only bring in an empty water bottle into the Colosseum. You will be able to fill your water bottle with the many fountains available inside.
- If the weather conditions deteriorate, the Colosseum officials may decide to close off the Dungeons and arena floor for visitor safety. In such an event, the group will enter via a different entrance and be taken to visit other areas of the Colosseum.
- There is a dress code to the Vatican which applies to children too. Shoulders and knees must be covered.
- If St Peter’s Basilica is closed for a religious function at short notice as it is a working church, you will be spending more time in the Vatican gallery’s with your private guide.
- The Vatican Museums get rather busy during summer and after a bank holiday.
- If a disabled visitor is able to produce a certificate showing that they are more than 74% disabled, entry to the Vatican museums is free of charge. This free entry is also extended to the to their companion. If you have a disability and are not sure if you’re eligible, please contact us at the time of booking so that we may assist you further.