Air New Zealand Activities

Papal Audience Ticket at Vatican City

371 Reviews

  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2390GRET5

Reviewed by: Susan M, June 2013

Picked us up at our hotel (just make sure a day or 2 ahead that you contact them to make SURE they are picking you up versus meeting them somewhere), we switched buses to a bigger bus, and were taken very close to the square. We were there around 8:15am, grabbed our chair(hang on to it!) and waited. It's a long wait, but around 9am a clergyman gets on the microphone and reads a long list of visiting groups. This took about an hour while the various groups cheered when their name was called. Around 10:15 am, the Pope appeared in his Popemobile. The crowd near the Pope's path was very deep, so I suggest standing on your chair to a picture of him when he goes by. He goes around twice, so, if you missed him the first time, there's another opportunity. Then he goes to the stage...great photo op if you have a zoom lense. He speaks and it is translated in various languages, and near the end he blesses objects you may have brought. I bought my rosaries, holy cards, and other religious objects beforehand in the US, but you can also buy them in any of the many souvenir shops in Rome. They are cheap in the stores, like 2-5 euros, but more near the Vatican. It's nice to give as gifts, saying its been blessed by Papa Francesco, as they call him. The ceremony is over around 11:30am, and we met our guide outside the ropes and then walked quite far, maybe 1/4 mile, to get back on the bus. Well worth the trip, one I will never forget!

Reviewed by: Carmal S, May 2013

Great trip. Coach was clean and timely. A fantastic visit

Reviewed by: Cliff C, USA, June 2013

Not enough stars to rate this experience! No words to describe how excited and blessed to be among the nearly 200,000 people in attendance this day. I was able to fight my way through the crowd and get a decent picture of Pope Francis. I am very proud of this picture!

Reviewed by: joram, April 2013

Love this and the experience was great! We sat in a very good spot but other spectators seemed to push their way forward.

Reviewed by: anniem, United Kingdom, April 2013

Georgio was an excellent guide. Seated on the 3rd row so very close as Pope Francis passed by. Definately recommend paying the £22 well worth it

Reviewed by: David I, March 2013

A remarkable experience !

Reviewed by: Patrick M, December 2012

well managed and fulfilling..

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Tour code: 2390GRET5