- The Wednesday Papal Audiences take place in the Vatican most of of the year. In the summertime (early July through most of August), the Pope typically moves his residence to Castel Gandolfo and, in the past, the Wednesday audiences were usually cancelled. If you are visiting this summer, it is worth checking (especially since we have a new Pope) to see if there will be a Wednesday audience at either residence.
- Papal audience tickets are free of charge, but must be reserved. Tickets may be requested from The Pontifical North American College, Santa Susanna (Home of the American Catholic Church in Rome) or The Prefecture of the Papal Household. Don't forget to mention how you are involved within your church or diocese (and any special occasions you may be celebrating), you may be able to obtain preferred seating tickets.
- You may also attend the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter's Square (and Castel Gandolfo during the summer months). Tickets are not required.
The Scavi, the Vatican's underground necropolis, is available for touring on a very limited basis. The tours are extremely popular and I suggest requesting tickets as soon as you know the dates of your trip. Try to be flexible with the dates when making your request. Ticket information requests and details about the tour are available through the Vatican's website.
Well, there are numerous possibilities, but some regional favorites include Assisi and Gubbio in Umbria or Siena and Montepulciano in Tuscany. If you're looking to venture farther, perhaps add Florence, Lucca, the Cinque Terre or even Venice.