Budget travel in Rome: 6+ ways to save money

The Forum - budget travel in Rome

2. The Pope’s General Audience

Pope Francis holds what’s called a “General Audience” each Wednesday when he’s in town. The event is at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.

He guides followers with a special message of peace or love or faith, and sometimes has current events commentary.

If you research how to get tickets for this, it’s not exactly easy. It involves ordering months in advance, and fax machines, and correspondence with the Vatican. Tickets are mostly used for large groups who travel long distances from all over the world to get to The Vatican.

We did it without tickets. Here’s how.

We showed up the day of the General Audience and beat the crowd, because there usually is limited room on a first come, first in basis.

We arrived just after 8:00 a.m. and we went through security, and into the seating area. Perhaps we were simply simply lucky. And maybe you don’t want to chance it, and you’d prefer formal tickets.

In our case, it worked out. We were lucky.

Maybe blessed. Check out my photo:

Pope Francis, St. Peter's Square, during our budget travel in Rome adventure.

I didn’t realize the Pope rode around to greet people before his message. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time (trying to leave the fenced area for the bathroom).

Tedly got a bunch of great shots with his fancy camera, including when he zoomed in on Pope Francis blessing children.

And my pano shot gives you an idea on what it’s like from the square:

General Audience with Pope, Rome, panoramic shot of St. Peter's Square.

If you don’t want to try your luck like we did, request tickets ahead of time. Try this site here for instructions, but note it’s not an official site (I could not find any official information on the Vatican’s site).

Extra tip: Even if you have tickets, if you arrive too late, you may not be able to get in. So go early regardless of your ticket status.

Click below for the next page.

Budget travel in Rome: 6+ ways to save money

8 thoughts on “Budget travel in Rome: 6+ ways to save money

  1. Smart, Clever point of view for visiting a somehow complicated city like Rome. I wonder if, as happened some years ago, entrance to the Musei Vaticani is free on Wednesday afternoons

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Scroll to top