The Vatican has announced that there will be no tickets required—or offered—for the Canonization of these two Popes.
It will be first-com, first-served. So what does that mean to you if you plan to attend? These two Popes each had a tremendous following. Half of Poland is likely to be there to honor Pope John Paul II, and then you have the Italians, many of whom have fond memories of Pope John XXIII.
So you can count on huge crowds. Think you can show up on the morning of the 27th of April? Forget about that! Just the Beatification of John Paul II alone saw crowds line up at four in the afternoon the day before. So our advice is get ready for huge crowds. If you can’t stand the thought of waiting 24 hours be aware that there will be large-screen TVs outside of Saint Peter’s Square and probably in some piazzas nearby as well.
And finally….if you haven’t made hotel reservations by now, do it today. If you decide to wait you will probably be out of luck. Group tours may also be filling up, although at least most of them should have hotel space block.
And be sure to book with a reputable agency.