Many people wonder what a Papal Audience may look like or what to expect when you arrive before the grandeur of The Vatican itself. We hope that watching the CTV footage LIVE from The Vatican, St Peter’s Square, Rome, will help you become more familiar with this special part of your visit to Rome.
Looking down onto the St. Peter’s Square, you will see a huge dark grey area from the bottom of the steps before The Vatican, all the way to the obelisk in the centre. These are rows and rows of seating prepared for the Papal Audience. You can go to our Events Calendar to find out more about when the audience takes place and getting tickets.
There is a very small section in front of The Vatican itself. This is the area where the Pope will sit during the audience. To the right is a very small seating area. To get tickets for this area, it is best to book as far in advance as you possibly can.
If you are unable to get tickets, every effort is made so that you can enjoy the mass. Large TV’s in the Square are transmitting the events so that those standing in the back are still able to get close and participate.
Visiting the Vatican Basilica
To the far right you will see people walking alongside the columns. They are queuing and passing through security. From there you will follow the pathway to the entrance to The Vatican Basilica.
- Before you visit please note that there is a dress code and you are required to cover your shoulders, the tops of your arms and your legs, to below the knee.