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Visiting the Vatican
April 8, 2021

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

Pope Francis’s General Audience on Wednesdays is currently not open to the public due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus. The audiences are livestreamed from the Apostolic Library starting at 9:15 A.M. (CET) with English translation on www.vaticannews.va.

The Sunday Angelus, held at noon on St. Peter’s Square and presided over by Pope Francis, is also not currently open to the public. It is live-streamed from the Apostolic Library starting at 12 P.M. (CET) with English translation on www.vaticanews.va.

*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 on St. Peter’s Square.

Museums and Tourism

The Vatican Museums are scheduled to reopen to the public on May 3, 2021. For more 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.