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For all months except August (when the Vatican offices are closed), tickets are required for Papal Audiences. Tickets are always free.

Without Reservation

If you need less than 10 tickets then you can simply ask the Swiss Guards for some. They have a stash of tickets explicitly for pilgrims who ask for them without a reservation. The Swiss Guard stationed at the Bronze Door (just to the left of the metal detectors of St Peters and then first right) have some to give out, as do the Swiss Guard at Porta Anna.

However, please note that the Swiss Guard will only have tickets for the Papal Audience or Papal Mass the day before the event. Tickets will be given out from 3pm until 7pm the day before the scheduled Audience, and from 7am on the day.

With Reservation

For groups greater than 10, or if you wish to reserve your tickets in advance, you have 3 options.

  1. Prefecture of the Papal Household (see address and fax number at the bottom of this page): You must fax a request for tickets to +39 06 6988 5863. A request form can be found by clicking here.
  2. Pontifical North American College: The American seminary in Rome has a certain allocation of tickets for distribution to those who request them. Simply email your request to your request, please include:
  3. Santa Susanna - the American church in Rome: You can fill out their online request form.