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Beneath the main floor of St. Peter's Basilica are the tombs of several popes and saints.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A good value place to visit and see. Take plenty of time and a AUDIO TOUR. It will bring the place to life.

Thank leor369
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

housing the tombs of some of the popes/ saints as well as the early remnats of the basilica, there is a staircase leding to it from inside the basilica only.

Thank Dishaa S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

wasnt as eerie as I expected, but an important place to visit nevertheless especially if you follow the faith There are a couple of tombs of queens n kings too

Thank swetamani
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

This was a bonus for us on the Vatican early admission tour. Very interesting to see all of the Popes crypts and the splendor of some of them. Lots of stairs.

Thank Jeff S
Reviewed 3 October 2018

The Vatican Grottoes inside of St Peter's Basilica in Rome is a quick visit but a very gratifying one. You see the History of the Popes and the church in a timeline. Worth the visit and once inside of St Peters there is no wait...More

Thank Vacation231552
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Enter the crypt from inside St Peters Basilica but make sure you do so at the end of your visit as upon exiting the Grottoes you are then outside the Basilica.

Thank Lensen1983
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

I didn’t realize this area is not always opened so when our guide said let’s go down, apparently that was a treat. You will see resting place of St. Peter. Just amazed at that and first Pope tomb. Quite interesting and so glad we were...More

Thank Go765205
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

This is where many Former popes are buried, and their beautiful sarcophagi line the route through the grotto. But to me, the reason to visit is because it’s the site of St. Peter’s tomb, founder of the Catholic church.

Thank Norman B
Reviewed 21 August 2018

With it's entrance a little tucked off to one side of the nave, there's a chance you could miss this interesting crypt housing the remains of some past Popes. Worth a wander through, but don't be upset if you miss it. It is historically (and...More

Thank SoloTogether
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

We walked thru the grotto without a guide and I don’t know that one would be necessary. Each tomb has sufficient signage unless you want to go deeper into the life of the popes and saints. All the popes aren’t here but there are some...More

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LaDuquesa1
3 August 2017|
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Response from S6018QGmichaelr | Reviewed this property |
It is upstairs in St. Pete's, no longer in the grotto under.
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lynn4234
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Response from PrincessFiona27 | Reviewed this property |
You can contact the Vatican and arrange the Scavi tour which brings you to St. Peter's tomb and many tombs under the basilica. It is very reasonable and afterwards you are in basilica without waiting in line.
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