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Papal Audience & Ancient Rome Group Tour

4.4 / 5 total 5 reviews
Duration: 7 hours
Product code: 3432
Overview

Get a guaranteed admission at the Papal Audience in either St. Peter's Square or Nervi Hall. Experience seeing Pope Francis and listening to him welcome pilgrims, impart his blessing and lead the prayers. Thanks to our secured priority admission to the event, we will pick you up in the early morning from your hotel (or Gray Line Rome Office) and transport you to the Vatican. Live an intensely spiritual moment side-by-side with people from around the world. Feel free to pray or merely observe one of the most incredible, long-standing traditions in the Catholic world.

Your experience includes a short panoramic tour of via Nazionale, Piazza Venezia, Corso Vittorio, Corso Rinascimento and the Lungotevere, with drop-off at Piazza dei Tribunali (located about 1 mile/1,6 km from St. Peter’s Basilica). To reach the Basilica, your group will walk past Castel Sant’Angelo and via Della Conciliazione. You will check in with our guaranteed tickets at the square, passing through a metal detector. Our experienced and professional guide will take you to a spot where you will have an excellent view of the ceremony.

After the audience, you will be accompanied to a typical Roman restaurant nearby to enjoy a meal before heading to the Colosseum Area for your afternoon tour. The benefit of complimentary transportation to the Colosseum. With this tour, you'll access the Colosseum with a priority skip-the-line ticket.

Walk in the footsteps of Giants on this guided tour through the heart of the Roman Empire. Travel back in time, embraced by 360 degrees of jaw-dropping Roman architecture. Learn the history behind it all, from the minute to the magnificent. Pause to contemplate the genius that took the Colosseum from concept to reality in 70-80AD, centuries before the advent of modern engineering. Once the most famous meeting place in the world, the Colosseum is estimated to have once held 50,000-80,000 spectators.

Your pass allows you to skip hours of long lines to enter the Colosseum directly. Once inside, breath in the bloody past of the amphitheatre brought to life by your passionate, expert guide. Standing for nearly two millennia, the structure has been a symbol of both glory and scorn, serving vastly different purposes over the course of history.

Just outside, you'll see the magnificent Arch of Constantine. Continuing our walking tour, discover the excavated ruins of the Roman Forum Archaeological Site, where many structures remain intact to this day. For a city founded in 753 BC, this is no small feat. Continue exploring the breathtaking Palatine Hill, ending your tour with a deeper connection to the history of Rome and a strong foundation of knowledge to continue exploring Rome.

Important: Due to limited sunlight in winter (November-March) the afternoon tour will visit Capitoline Hill instead of Palatine. From Capitoline Hill, you will admire the best view on the Roman Forum for your best picture, monuments and sculptures decorating the square designed by Michelangelo.

We will bid you farewell to continue exploring the area on your own or return to your hotel.

 

 

 

Highlights
  • Guaranteed Public Audience with the Holy Father
  • Receive the Papal Blessing
  • Receive the Blessing of the Rosary beads (Rosary not included)
  • Enjoy a typical Italian meal in a local restaurant
  • Reach the Archaeological Area with our complimentary transport service
  • Visit the Colosseum (skip-the-line tickets included)
  • Visit Capitol Hill (winter departures)
  • Visit Palatine Hill (summer departures)
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Shared Tour
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 7 hours
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Tour ends at 17:30 PM approx. in the Archaeological AreaTour ends at 17:30 PM approx. in the Archaeological Area
  • The audience starts at 7:30 AM, according to the Holy FatherThe audience starts at 7:30 AM, according to the Holy Father
  • Tour only operates on WednesdaysTour only operates on Wednesdays
  • Children aged 0 - 2 are free of chargeChildren aged 0 - 2 are free of charge
  • Tours do not operate on the 1st of May and religious holidaysTours do not operate on the 1st of May and religious holidays
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick up from your central Rome hotel (Listed hotels only)
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 7 hours before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick-up (only in listed hotels in central Rome)
  • Transportation
  • Booking and pick-up of the Papal Audience tickets
  • Guaranteed admission to the Audience
  • Lunch
  • Entrance tickets with no-line to Archaeological Area
  • Professional Guide
Exclusions
  • Drop-off service at the hotel
  • Optional Gratuities
Meeting Point
Pick up is only for listed hotels in central Rome. If you are not staying in a listed hotel, we ask you to meet the group at the reach Gray Line/I Love Rome Office (Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando 95, in front of the Grand Hotel – Metro A Line – Repubblica Stop)
Know Before You Go
  • No revealing clothing should be worn and shoulders should be well covered
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 It is forbidden to bring strollers, have bulky bags and carry umbrellas on your person
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 If you have a metal coated pacemakers, all relevant paperwork/ID cards should be carried for security checks
  • Due to heightened security measures, you may experience delays in clearing security checks when entering the Colosseum.
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Reviewed by Kathleen P BE   January 06, 2019
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Superleuke excursie gedaan in Rome, we hadden een geweldige gids. Het weer was ook heel goed dus we hadden veel geluk. Het eten was enorm lekker, zoals verwacht in Italie :-) Mijn absolute hoogtepunt was het colloseum, prachtig om te zien. Te weinig tijd om alles te bekijken dus we moeten zeker terug
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Reviewed by Stefan O BE   September 14, 2018
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Echt geweldig! Onze gids was super. Ze sprak heel goed Engels en we hebben alles verstaan. We hadden een geweldige ervaring dankzij onze gids. We hadden erg goede plaatsen en konden alles heel erg goed zien. We hadden nooit gedacht de Paus van zo dichtbij te zien. Ook het Colosseum was prachtig. Geweldig om daar zo tussen de ruines rond te kunnen lopen. Een dag om nooit te vergeten!
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Reviewed by Debb GB   September 11, 2018
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We are so glad we booked this tour, something new for us and 100% pleased with our experience. It was such a moving experience. Thank you.
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Reviewed by Rita Stevens NZ   August 23, 2018
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We were so excited about this Papal audience with the Pope that we were counting the days to our Rome trip. The crowds were huge it was crazy to see the turn out in the audience. We loved the whole experience that was involved.
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Reviewed by The Bakers CA   August 20, 2018
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I booked this tour prior to our trip to Rome, we had read up on the reviews and had high expectations. It was not what I expected, the crowds were way bigger than was informed. We did enjoy the daily adventures, but the guide wasn't the best!!
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