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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Piazza San Pietro | Beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
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"scavi tour"
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"scavi office"
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"months in advance"
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"peter's bones"
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"excavations office"
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"underneath st"
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"st peter"
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"early christians"
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"graffiti wall"
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Reviewed today

Buy your ticket directly from the Scavi site. Arriving you get to go through security and walk into a part of the Vatican walls normally not seen by a tourist. There were cars of people arriving to see the Pope and security put us inside...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We saw this for the 2nd time this year and were liked it even more the 2nd time. Our guide this time was much better. She explained things very well and had some diagrams and pictures to help us understand things better. I would highly...More

Thank Rich S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located just beneath St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Necropolis is a must visit for first time visitor to Vatican City. It's fascinating and rich in history. You will be able to learn a lot from the angle of archaeology. The queue can be daunting but...More

Thank Danny T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although in the Vatican, this tour includes pre-christian Roman history. Fascinating and the tour guide was an archeologist who had a good presentation and welcomed all questions. At the end of the tour you will come up by the entrance to the Vatican and so...More

Thank huntejk
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When visiting Saint peters basilica come be sure to allow the little extra time to visit the Necropolis.

Thank FlyingFlower05
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Get there early for no line up. The entrance is a bit tricky and truth be told, we found it by accident before there was a line up at 11:00 a.m. The tranquility you feel going down there is surreal. Nothing you might expect.

Thank U6013DOdebbie
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very holy and central part of a pilgrimage to Rome. The Clementine chapel is a place of great peace and serenity. At all costs this must be preserved - so visitor numbers are restricted and people must respect the place. I was privileged to...More

1  Thank Tim B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very glad we did this tour – an unusual way to go under the Vatican to see the old early Christian crypts and in particular the one alleged to be that of Saint Peter. The guide, while somewhat difficult to understand, was friendly and knowledgeable....More

1  Thank Denise F
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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Well worth the visit. I'm of a Catholic leaning yet I was moved by the history and the faith. Truly beautiful and our guide Robert was obviously an expert in this field.

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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Please be aware that you need to get these tickets via e-mail months ahead of time. You can google it and find the information as to whom to e-mail to get the tickets. I acquired the tickets nearly 6 mos. in advance to get the...More

2  Thank Karen K
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purewaterfall19
9 July 2018|
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Response from mariahbay | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. As you exit outdoors on the left side of St. Peter’s, there’s a well barricaded route that leads to the front entrance that bypasses the hoardes.
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LaVeryl V
20 May 2018|
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Response from BCfromVancouver | Reviewed this property |
You can pick up your scavi tickets without entering the Vatican.
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Paul T
16 March 2018|
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Response from kelincol | Reviewed this property |
you cannot. the vatician tour requires its own tickets. i would skip the Necropolis tour anyway, and do the vatician instead!
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