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Hello! My wife and I are traveling to Rome in early October, will actually be coming from Florence and arriving in Rome on 10/01/13. My wife is set on seeing the Pope address the audience on that Wednesday 10/02/13. My question is - what is the best way to go about securing attendance to be a part of the Papal Audience and the Vactian itself? Do we invest in a guided tour? If so, which ones are worth looking at? I have read some many different things as far what to do and not to do, I just need others opinions. Thanks!

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    First, you have to make sure the "new Pope" will be speaking on that day. Generally, if he is "in town" he will do the public audience. You can check on the Vatican website within about 2 months of the date (Sometimes they are a little slow to update)

    During that time of year it is done in St. Peter's Square. If you want to "sit," you'll need tickets; if you just want to walk in and stand - which I often did living two blocks from the Vatican - you DON'T need a ticket. Usually, the audience starts about 10:30 and runs until perhaps 12:30 - 12:45. The last 15 minutes usually turns into a "pep" rally as different churches around the world send their best wishes" to the Pope and everyone cheers their country/church.

    The audience is given in "multiple" languages by different priests who have been selected. The Pope speaks in Italian during addresses (don't know about the new Pope)...

    As far as the Vatican experience, you cannot go into St. Peter's while the Pope is speaking. Regarding the Vatican Museums, you can get a tour through the Vatican - head to their website:

    You can get innumerable group or private tours. They are available at all sizes and price points. Some, like Context, are very in-depth. Others can be more general. Make sure you get with a "licensed guide."

    You might also consider doing the Vatican-sponsored Scavi tour - see
    If you go on a self-tour, you might might read this posting for some helpful hints:

    Good Luck on your trip!

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