Visiting the Vatican

Vatican City receives millions of visitors annually.  Tourists from all over the world flock to see the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and other sites in the Vatican. This section contains useful information to make visiting the Vatican a bit easier.  Please refer to official Vatican websites when possible for the most up-to-date information.

Information for Americans Traveling to Vatican City State

Attending Papal Events:
Tickets are required for everyone attending a mass at St. Peter’s or a General Audience.  Please note that the Vatican Office that issues tickets gets requests from all over the world and does not confirm receipt of requests. Tickets to the General Audience are free of charge and available via the Prefecture of the Papal Household’s website.

Tickets can also be requested by contacting the U.S. Bishops’ Office for Visitors to the Vatican at their office one block from the Trevi Fountain.  Requests should be made two weeks in advance.

Casa Santa Maria
Via dell’Umiltá, 30
00187 Rome, Italy
Fax Number: +(39) 06.679.1448

The Bishops’ office can also be contacted via email at:

*Please note that private audiences with the Pope 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 in 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.