from €35.10 EUR
Duration: 4 Hours
Go to the weekly address of the pope with this papal audience ticket. In Vatican City, your guide will lead you through the mass of individuals to a prime location, where you’ll see the pope address the crowd, and hear about the historic tradition of the papal audience.
With an individual audio headset, you’ll make sure to hear everything the guide states above the noise of the crowd. While the weekly audience with the pope draws large numbers, this ticket supplies assisted commentary in a group restricted to 20 individuals.
- 4-hour papal audience experience in Vatican City,
- Cut through the crowds to a prime area to see the pope,
- Listen to your guide through an audio headset to hear the history behind the papacy,
- Learn of the traditions related to the papacy and the Vatican,
- Small-group experience restricted to 20 people guarantees personal attention from a guide.
- Expert guide,
- Papal audience,
- Commentary (tradition of the Vatican presentation),
- Headsets to hear the guide clearly.
- Optional gratuities,
- Hotel pickup and drop-off.
Free cancellation up to 1 day before tour starts.
Viewing the absolute perfection of the triumphal vestibule to St Peter’s is a unique experience. Taking a liberty which was amazing at the time, Bernini substituted the curve for the right angle considered essential in the construction of the traditional atrium or forecourt.
Surrounded by 140 statues of saints, St Peter’s Square is both a symbol of the Church extending its arms to welcome pilgrims as well as a major expression of Baroque art. Bernini, commissioned by Alexander VII ( 1655-1667), has created a trapezoidal space vast enough to accommodate crowds of pilgrims and allowing each to catch sight of the pontiff when he appears on the balcony of St Peter’s.
With a view to the pageantry of liturgical processions, Bernini also created a quadruple colonnade. Last, and of course not least, the square was designed to set off St Peter’s by the use of optical illusions which make the Basilica look higher than it is.