Visiting the Vatican

The Vatican receives millions of visitors annually. Tourists come from all over the world to see the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and other Vatican highlights. This section contains useful information to make visiting the Vatican easier. Please refer to official Vatican websites when possible for the most current information.

Papal Events:
Tickets are required for everyone attending a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica or a General Audience with Pope Francis. Please note that the Vatican Office that issues tickets receives requests from all over the world and does not confirm receipt of requests.

Tickets to a General Audience are free of charge and available via the Prefecture of the Papal Household. The Papal Household receives request via Fax (+39 06 6988 5863) or by mail to Prefecture of the Papal Household, 00120 Vatican City State.

Tickets can also be obtained by emailing the U.S. Bishops’ Office for Visitors to the Vatican at Requests should be made two weeks in advance.

A complete schedule of 2018 audiences can be found here.

*Please note that private audiences with Pope Francis are reserved for heads of state and other high-ranking officials.

Appropriate Dress:
No shorts, short skirts or sleeveless shirts when entering St. Peter’s Basilica or when attending a Papal event on St. Peter’s Square

Museums and Tourism:
For general information on the Vatican Museums, visit their website.
For ticket information on the Scavi visit the Excavation Office’s website.

Journalist Accreditation:
Journalists coming from the United States who wish to cover Vatican events will need to be accredited to the Holy See Press Office. Full details and application may be found on the Media Accreditation page.