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Papal Audience With Pope Francis & Ancient Rome Combined Tour

4.8 / 5 total 5 reviews
Duration: 7 hours
Product code: 3432

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.




  • 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 the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 7 hours
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Available from April 2020Available from April 2020
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Guaranteed admission to the Audience
  • Lunch
  • Entrance tickets with no-line to Archaeological Area
  • Professional Guide
  • Papal Audience tickets
  • Transportation between sites
  • Drop-off service at the hotel
  • Optional Gratuities
Meeting Point
Meeting Point: Piazza Del Risorgimento at Bar L'Ottagona @ 07:15. Look for staff in pink branded t-shirts. Please be at the meeting point ne less than 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 

Know Before You Go
  • No revealing clothing should be worn and shoulders should be well covered
 It is forbidden to bring strollers, have bulky bags and carry umbrellas on your person
 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
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
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
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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