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Vatican Necropolis

Piazza San Pietro | Beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
+39 06 6988 5318
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When Pius XII ordered a thorough excavation of the area under the High Altar in St. Peter's Basilica, twisting stone passages were found leading to an ancient Roman necropolis, which contained chambers 10- to 15-feet wide with preserved frescoes and mosaics.
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Piazza San Pietro | Beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
+39 06 6988 5318
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The only way to see it is on an official tour with reservations made well in advance at their website Scavi Basillica di Pietro.Students of Roman history will love this!!! If you are claustrophobic , overweight or can't negotiate small passageways and small steps do...More

Thank karen2450
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour takes you to the underground of what is today the St. Peter Basilica to view the necropolis and the resting place of St. Peter. One is also able to view (from a little distance) the alleged bones of St. Peter. Spaces are a...More

1  Thank tyrnav
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was such an honor and personal highlight of visiting the Vatican. Our guide David from Indiana was wonderful...he was knowledgeable but more importantly passionate about every detail of the tour. Thank you for the opportunity!

Thank F2669BQjonathann
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little tour. Tour guide was so-so, but just being in that area was incredible. As soon as you have your trip dates, request a tour- there are not many given per day and they are exclusive to one language for each group. You see...More

Thank Lleede
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A page out of a Dan Brown novel. Fascinating and a little creepy. A very private and intimate tour of what lies beneath St. Peter's including the alleged tomb of St. Peter.

1  Thank Greg A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a place filled with history. Unfortunately, parts were cordoned off when we were there so we could not see all the tombs but if you are interested in history it is worth a visit. There is no cost so once you are in...More

Thank Titch-the-Witch
Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

This was a wonderful experience with an absolutely knowledgeable guide who knew everything about the history of Christianity and ancient Rome and put into perspective today’s practices. For Christians being able to see firsthand where Saint Peter was buried is quite moving. This is definitely...More

3  Thank Clevlander
Reviewed 28 November 2017

The Necropolis tour was well beyond our expectations and truly the highlight of our visit to St. Peter’s Basilica! As noted in previous reviews, the excavations and history were fascinating. Our tour lasted 1 ½ hours. Our guide was very pleasant, friendly and very knowledgeable....More

5  Thank 1TravelMonkey
Reviewed 27 November 2017

Definitely a highlight of our trip to Rome! Katie was our tour guide and she did an amazing job of explaining the history of the Necropolis, the tombs, and how St Peter's bones were discovered. Absolutely fascinating. We booked 4 months in advance for a...More

Thank MicheleBleser
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

This was one of the best things we did in Rome. Our guide was so knowledgeable and really explained the history and evidence with authority and enthusiasm. The excavations were so well preserved and seeing the tomb of St Peter was very special. Whatever your...More

Thank deepbluesea2012
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Robin L
14 January 2018|
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Response from 1TravelMonkey | Reviewed this property |
The Vatican Museum requires a separate ticket. You are best to book a tour to see the museum - tour groups get priority entry. The Necropolis or Scavi tour requires a separate reserved ticket which can only be purchased... More
29 December 2017|
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Response from Louise J | Reviewed this property |
As mentioned above, The Sistine Chapel is accessible from the Vatican Museums and yes, you need to buy a ticket for that separately. All sites are highly recommendable so you have something to look forward to. After the tour... More
Lisa H
9 December 2017|
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Response from KJS716 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is an amazing tour. The only way to find out about cancellations is to email the office. They are very responsive and the link thru the website is excellent. Here is the email I booked with... More