SKIP THE LINE PAPAL AUDIENCE VATICAN PRIVATE TOUR

Papal Audience Vatican City tour a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the Pope in Rome. This extraordinary experience combines the chance to attend the Papal Audience with a private guided skip the line Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica tour. General audiences with His Holiness the Pope are usually held once a week, Wednesdays morning between 10am/10.30am in Vatican City. However, to get a good seat you will need to arrive earlier as you have to get through tight security and the best seats fill up fast. Your expert guide looks after you ensuring you make the most out of this experience. Before the Pope appears your guide introduces you to the history of the Papacy from the early Christian era to the origins of the Audience. The Papal Audience ends about noon. Next your guide leads you straight inside the Vatican Museums for an informative tour. The extensive Vatican art collection is one of the most significant in the world. Your guide unveils the history of the Holy See and the artists that contributed to its wonders. Step inside Michelangelo Sistine Chapel. Head straight inside St Peter’s Basilica the holiest place in Christendom. Experience the touching story of St. Peter and the development of Christianity. Admire majestic artworks and stunning architecture up-close with personalized attention from your personable guide. Contact us for an intimate Papal Audience Vatican City tour.

* Private Full-Day Walking Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Guide
* FREE Papal Audience Ticket Reservations
* Vatican Skip the Line Access
* Vatican Museums
* Sistine Chapel
* St. Peter Basilica
* St. Peter’s Square

With skip the line entry and an experienced guide at your side Papal Audience Vatican City tour combines the opportunity to attend the Pope Audience with an informative Vatican tour. General Audiences with His Holiness the Pope are usually held once a week, Wednesdays at 10am/10.30am in Vatican City. In summer they are held in Saint Peter’s Square or in the Papal residence at Castel Gandolfo, about 20 miles south-east of Rome, not in Vatican City.
Being part of an audience with the Holy Father is a memorable experience with limited tickets availability. We reserve free of charge the mandatory tickets. Since tickets are in high demand booking must be made at least six weeks before the desired date. The Audience lasts about 1 ½ hours and includes prayers, singing, a brief homily, and blessings, all in different languages. Your expert guide looks after you for the whole length of the tour providing you with an in-depth understanding of the whole experience. Once the Audience ends your guide leads you straight inside the Vatican Museums. Discover and appreciate in full the Pope’s art collection. Marvel at the Sistine Chapel, the crowning glory of any Vatican tour. Head straight inside St Peter’s Basilica, a masterpiece where artworks await at every turn. Gaze in awe at its treasures. From Bernini’s bronze canopy that sits above St Peter’s high altar to La Pieta created when Michelangelo was just 24. This statue of Mary with Jesus is one of his best loved works. Papal Audience Vatican City tour ends in St. Peter’s Square where you feel spiritual embraced by Bernini spectacular colonnade.

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Book ahead. Papal Audiences are limited in size and reservations must be made at least 6 weeks ahead of time. Tickets for the Papal audience are free of charge, but you do need a ticket in order to attend. Nancy Aiello Tours is pleased to reserve with six weeks notice at no extra cost the mandatory tickets to attend the Papal Audience.

The Vatican dress code requires appropriate attire. No bare shoulders, no shorts, no dresses above the knee, and no bare feet or exposed midriffs are allowed.

The Vatican Museums Authorities retain the rights to alter the Museums opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum at any time, and without prior notice. The unforeseen closure of specific areas of the Museums and/or Sistine Chapel is beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued.

On rare occasions St. Peter Basilica is subject to last minute closures without notice (for religious ceremonies). If this happens you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums and an introduction to St. Peter Basilica from outside. Your guide will modify the itinerary working with the circumstances given and will do the appropriate adjustments. The unforeseen closure of St. Peter Basilica is beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore no refunds or discounts will be issued.

At the discretion of the Prefecture of the Papal Household, the Papal Audience may be celebrated either in Piazza San Pietro or in the Nervi Hall. 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 the Vatican our tour guarantees entrance tickets.

Only during the month of August tickets are not required for the General Audience and Summer Papal Audiences are held either at the Vatican at 10am or in the courtyard of the Pope summer residence of Castel Gandolfo. With Nancy Aiello Tours is possible to combine a religious Rome day trip to the Roman Castles with the rare opportunity to see the Pope in person, listen to the Holy Father message of hope given in various languages and receive the Papal Blessing in the square facing the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo.

The Vatican Museums cover miles extend of galleries full of priceless treasures. If there is a portion of the described itinerary that you prefer to stress or minimize tell us and we would be glad to customize it for you.

The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and it is not available separately. One must follow through the entire route of the Museums before entering the Sistine Chapel, which is located on the far end from the Museum’s entrance. Therefore, the Sistine Chapel located near the end of a long one-way itinerary inside the Museums can only be visited as part of the Vatican tour.

Large bags, backpacks, tripods, big umbrellas and glass bottles must be left at the Vatican Museums cloakroom.

Do you combine people to share the tour?

All our tours are private, luxurious, and totally customized to suit your desires, which means that you do not share your tour with anyone else. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form groups.

Do we skip the line to enter the Vatican?

Yes. This tour includes priority-entrance tickets to skip the line. Your tickets will be pre-booked and prepaid for fast hassle-free entry. Recently due to increased security concerns, new screening procedures were put in place for entry to the popular sites. Due to increased security measures ALL visitors must pass through security checks and metal detectors, even those with skip the line access. Because of the security measures, the lines for entry the major attractions may be quite long during peak seasons and holidays. However, no time will be wasted. Your experienced guide will use this time to provide an overview and contextualization for the tour.

Can we enter the Sistine Chapel without going through the entire Museum?

The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and it is not available separately. One must follow through the entire route of the Museums before entering the Sistine Chapel, which is located on the far end from the Museum’s entrance. Therefore, the Sistine Chapel located near the end of a long one-way itinerary inside the Museums can only be visited as part of the Vatican tour.

What happens if a site is unexpectedly closed on the day of scheduled tour?

The Vatican Museums Authorities retain the rights to alter the Museums opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum and/or Sistine Chapel at any time, and without prior notice. While we regret these inconveniences, these unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued. In these rare cases, your guide will modify the itinerary and give you as complete a tour as possible working with the circumstances given.

On rare occasions St. Peter Basilica (i.e. for a special mass) is subject to last minute closures without notice. While we regret these inconveniences, these unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued. When this occurs, we are happy to offer our guests an extended tour of the Vatican Museums and an introduction to St. Peter Basilica from outside.
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When our private Vatican tour is over will we be able to climb the Dome or visit the grottos where the Papal tombs are?

Absolutely. Once the tour is complete your guide will be happy to point you in the right direction to continue the visit on your own.

Can Roma Pass be used for the Vatican Museum admission?

Roma pass can only be used in Rome NOT for the Vatican admission. The Roma Pass does not include the Vatican Museums which are in Vatican City, a city state within the city of Rome. The Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel are not part of the circuit of museums that can be visited with the Roma Pass and/or the Roma and Più Pass.

Do you provide wheelchairs at the Vatican?

Yes. We are pleased to reserve wheelchairs on your behalf to experience the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel around the Vatican accessibility routes. Remark: Wheelchairs at the Vatican are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. You must present a passport as identification. Remark: It is NOT possible to bring wheelchairs borrowed from the Vatican Museums into the Basilica and the Basilica does not provide wheelchairs.

Do you use headsets on your Vatican tour?

In the Vatican headsets are mandatory for groups composed of 6 or more participants. The Vatican requires that you rent whisper or similar audio headsets at the door so that your guide can clearly communicate with your party without disturbing other visitors and with consideration for the Holy nature of the Vatican. Your personal guide will be talking into a small microphone and you will each be listening on special earpieces.

Do you do Scavi tours under the Vatican?

St.Peter’s Necropolis sometimes just called the Scavi or Excavations, which contains tombs dating from the origins of Christianity are organized by the Vatican itself. They accept applications and confirm the tour only the day before. Unless you are planning an extended stay in Rome, you will have trouble arranging this tour. This 90 min. tour into the Excavations of the Necropolis underneath St. Peter’s must book well in advance. You need to email them directly at uff.scavi@fabricsp.va Please keep in mind that children under 11 are not allowed.

Will we be able to take pictures especially in the Sistine Chapel?

Pictures are not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel. All throughout the museums the Vatican City authorities have an enlightened policy on taking pictures and visitors are allowed to take photos provided there is no flash. But this does not apply to the Sistine Chapel.

Is food allowed inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel?

You are not allowed to consume food and drink inside the Museums, except in designated places such as the cafeteria.

Can I take my bag/umbrella inside St. Peter's Basilica?

Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the Basilica. Large bags and objects must however be left at the bag check situated at the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica.

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