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 for make visiting the Vatican easier and has been updated with Covid-19 health measures put in place by the Holy See for visiting places in Vatican City.  Please refer to official Vatican websites when possible for the most current information.

Papal Events:

Due to Covid-19, participation of the general public in the Masses celebrated by Pope Francis has been temporarily suspended. They will be live-streamed on www.vaticannews.va.

As of September 2, 2020 Pope Francis’s General Audience on Wednesdays will once again take place with the participation of the public. Following the hygiene directives issued by the competent authorities, the audiences for the month of September 2020 will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Apostolic Palace’s San Damaso courtyard.

These General Audiences are open to anyone who wishes to participate. Please expect to wear a protective face mask and to practice social distancing. No ticket is necessary. The Bronze Door under the right colonnade of St Peter’s Square will serve as the entrance to the Courtyard. People wishing to attend will be allowed to enter beginning at  at 7:30 am. Please visit LINK for more information.

In addition to the Audience on Wednesdays,  the Sunday Angelus, held at noon on St. Peter’s Square and presided over by Pope Francis, is open to the public. LINK

*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:

Vatican City is open to tourists. Health measures are in place to ensure the safety of the public. Please expect to wear a protective face mask, practice social distancing and to have your temperature taken.

For general information on the Vatican Museums and the health measures in place for the Covid-19 pandemic, 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.