Visiting the Vatican - What to See and Do

See Pope Francis in person

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Meet Pope Francis in person

Apart from the authorities, who may have the honour of greeting His Holiness, most people who visit the Vatican have two options in order to see Pope Francis in person:

Audience on Wednesdays

This is not a mass. It consists of various readings, hymns and sermons mostly in Italian, although other languages are often used. The event ends with a prayer in Latin and the Pope moves around the audience area, giving his blessing to the faithful and the objects they carry.

The audience starts at 10:30 in the morning and access is available as from 8. We recommend you go early.

It lasts an hour and a half and photos may be taken.

If the weather does not allow the event to take place outdoors, it is done within the Basilica, in the Audience Hall where the faithful are divided into two groups.

In order to enter, a ticket is required.

For many, getting a ticket in person may be complicated and there are limited spaces available, so there are companies which allow you to book tickets and accommodation in the area at reasonable prices.

 

Sunday Angelus

Another great time to see the Pope in on Sundays at noon during the Angelus prayer.

He will appear at the window of the Papal Apartments to the right of the Basilica façade and give a brief homily which ends with a general blessing.

This lasts 20 minutes and does not require a ticket.

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Papal audience tickets

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