◊ Papal Audience Tickets FREE in St. Peter's Square ◊

Papal General Audience : If you need less than 10 tickets you can normally pick up tickets without a reservation (subject to availability) from the Swiss Guards at the "Bronze Doors" located just after security in the colonnade of St. Peter's Basilica.

With or without a reservation, tickets must be collected the day before the audience from 3pm until 7pm. Tickets can also be collected on the day of the audience from 7am until 8:30am.

If you prefer to reserve tickets, or if you need more than 10 tickets you will need to make a reservation in advance by contacting the office of the Prefecture of the Papal Household.

Once your tickets are confirmed, you will then be provided with details of when and how to collect your tickets. For general audiences, to avoid disappointment it is best to request tickets one month to one week before the audience you wish to join.

Seating is always first come first serve so it is best to arrive early if you wish to sit. General Audiences begin at 9:00am, however the Holy Father will tour through St. Peter's Square at 8:45am so it is recommended to arrive by 8:30am latest. When entering St. Peter's Square, everyone will be required to pass through security which include metal detectors and x-ray machines.

In the summer months when there are more visitors, guests will arrive up to 3 hour in advance to ensure seating. Seating is first come first serve. Even if you have a ticket, you are not guarunteed a seat.

The Sunday Blessing (Angelus) is an event welcome to everyone, tickets are not needed nor issued and seating is not available.
The Holy Father appears from the Papal Palace window at noon to bless the many visitors and pilgrims. The Sunday Angelus is held weekly at 12:00pm (noon) on Sunday, it lasts around 15 minutes and is held in St. Peter's Square.


Click on the image with the Papal crest to the right to download the form which must be emailed, posted or faxed to the Vatican.

Papal Audience Tickets are entirely FREE!


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the request form

Request forms must be sent directly to the Prefecture of the Papal Houshold:
Post : Prefecture of the Papal Household
Vatican City State, 00120

Email : ordinanze@pontificalisdomus.va

Fax: +39 06 6988 5863
From the US & Canada: 011 39 06 6988 5863
From the UK and Europe : 0039 06 6988 5863
From Argentina: 0039 06 6988 5863

Please note: The Vatican receive a large amount of requests each and every day so you may have to be patient for a response.

Click on the Right Icon to Download a .PDF Ticket Request Form:

You can collect your tickets directly from the Swiss Guards in the colonnade of St. Peter's Square at the "Bronze Door", please click the link below to see the meeting point.

Papal Audiene Ticket Collection