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A Papal Audience and Legacy of the Vatican Tour
Tickets & Presentation for the Papal Audience with Pope Benedict XVI
Scheduled Tour

• This tour that includes a presentation on the Popes and the Vatican, explaining what to expect during the Audience.

• Our tour meets super early giving you the best chance to get good seats during the audience.

• We book and pick up your invitation for you, so all you have to do is show up.

The Papal Audience with Pope Benedict XVI

Experience the only escorted visit of the Papal Audience! Thousands of pilgrims from around the globe gather every Wednesday to see Pope Benedict XVI. Unfortunately, with limited seats, not everyone can participate. Navigating through the masses of people can be overwhelming which is why we have created a service to ensure the best experience possible. We achieve this by providing headsets, a competent and informed guide, and a thorough explanation of what you will experience during the Papal Audience. We reserve your tickets, pick them up and bring them to you. We get you inside early to ensure better seats, and we give you a full presentation on the history of the Papacy and what to expect. Our informed staff takes care of all the details so that you can relax and truly enjoy this once in a lifetime experience!

Legacy of the Vatican Presentation

The Legacy of the Vatican presentation unveils the fascinating history of the Papacy and the artists that contributed to the marvel of Vatican City. You will be provided with headsets and guided to your seats in St. Peter’s Square or the Sala of Paul VI. Once seated, your guide will explain the origin of the Papacy from the first Christians through Constantine’s era and up to the current wonder of the Holy See. You will discover the history of St. Peter’s Square created by Bernini in the 17th century as you become familiar with the smallest sovereign state in the world. Our informed guides will provide a detailed explanation of the events of the Papal Audience and prepare you for your gathering with Pope Benedict XVI.

Papal Audience with Pope Benedict XVI

Experience the awe and wonder which occurs at the Papal Audience as Cardinals preach in various languages reaching out to pilgrims and visitors from the far reaches of the world. Listen to the Pope’s weekly message as he enters the central stage. Feel free to sing with the spiritual leaders of the Church and pray with the Pope - the Head of State of Vatican City. Or just sit back and observe the phenomena while taking it all in. Either way you wish to experience the Papal Audience rest assured that you will be fully informed by our helpful staff so this experience will be a memorable one.


  • 32.00 euro per adult
  • 27.00 euro per child (4-14)
  • Infants 3 and under travel for free and do not require a reservation.

Operating Days

  • Wednesdays


  • 4 Hours

Blackout dates

  • Dates for this tour are confirmed as they are released by the Vatican. Generally excluded are the month of August and the last two Wednesdays of December.


  • Year-round


  • Tour as per description
  • English speaking guide
  • Escorted visit and presentation
  • Headsets
  • Ticket reservation service and ticket pick-up
  • Confirmed invitation and attendance to Papal Audience with Pope Benedict XVI


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Meeting Time

  • 07:45 AM

Departure Time

  • 08:00 AM

Meeting Point

On the corner of Largo degli Alicorni in Piazza Pio XII (on the street corner facing St. Peter’s Square). If you are facing St. Peters Basilica our meeting point is located on the street corner next to the left hand side colonnade on the corner of Largo degli Alicorni and Piazza Pio XII (next to the Mosaic Art shop). The coordinator will be holding a sign saying “Legacy of the Vatican.”

Important Notes

  • This service ends around noon at the Papal Audience, the location of the audience may vary.
  • It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure points.
  • A special dress code is required to attend the Papal Audience. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will be refused entry if you fail to comply with dress code requirements. Dark Rome is not responsible for entry refused due to inappropriate dress.
  • Depending on the time of year the actual location of the Papal Audience may alternate. During the warmer months from approximately Easter week to the end of September the Papal Audience is held outdoors at St. Peter’s Square whereas during the colder months the audience takes place in the Sala of Paul VI within the Leonine Walls of Vatican City. The decision regarding the location of the Papal Audience is made by Vatican officials the day before the event. Regardless of its location within Vatican City our tour guarantees entrance tickets.

Redemption Information

  • Clients must arrive at the designated meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time and present their tour voucher to the tour coordinator/guide. Late arrivals will not be able to catch up with the group and no refunds will be given for those who arrive after departure time.

Getting there

  • Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani Metro A Station:

    Exit the turnstiles – take the St. Peter’s Basilica exit. Once you exit the metro station walk down Via Ottaviano until you reach Piazza Risorgimento. Continue walking straight across the piazza and you will see the Vatican walls – follow Via di Porta Angelica until you arrive at the colonnade. Follow the colonnade to the left – when you arrive at the piazza you will see a second colonnade framing St. Peter’s Square. Our meeting point is located on the street corner next to the left hand side colonnade on the corner of Largo degli Alicorni and Piazza Pio XII (next to the Mosaic Art shop).