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Vatican Necropolis

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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...more
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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 5 days ago

Though we have been to Vatican City before this is the first time we were honoured to receive a confirmation for the Scavi Tour. It was an amazing tour and we both found ourselves emotional and overpowering at different parts of the tour. Also, read...More

Thank FrankM1511
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many of us have visited St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Vatican galleries to see masterpieces like the Pieta and the Laocoon but how many of us have dug deeper to know the real reason for the site and building of the Basilica? As...More

Thank MayLehmannNYC
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Scavi is a very special tour! Only 12 people are allowed in the tour. You must book early 6-9 months before you go directly via the official vatican website. Our tour guide was awesome, very informative and very detailed. the tour take 1.5-2 hours...More

Thank AMag_Colorado
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very, very interesting tour. Environment is extremely hot and humid so I mean it about the fan. Good insight into the Pagan/Christian connections. Interesting commentary about the roles of Faith and Science. Plus the chance to reflect before the assumed bones of St. Peter...very sobering.

Thank Geoffrey R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this tour. Booked it in May fpr a September tour. You must email the scavi office directly. Its very good value. You see the part of the Vatican UNDER the crypts where the pope's tombs are (other tours bring you there )....More

1  Thank LostLittleGirlx
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

At the end of this brief tour is the tomb of St Peter and although it is behind glass it is still worth a peek just to be close to such an Holy sight. There is a secret tour available to groups of 12 run...More

Thank Mick W
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

I was nearly put off this tour by some of the reviews saying it was claustrophobic. I'm 5 foot 7 and didn't have to crouch down to get through any of the doorways, I just walked normally throughout. There is a corridor right at the...More

1  Thank Lauren W
Reviewed 5 September 2018

I had read a book on the archaeological excavations under St Peters and knew what to expect, but none the less, I was profoundly moved by this tour and learnt a great deal. It's not recommended for people who suffer from claustrophobia: the spaces are...More

1  Thank Eric M
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

For Christians it is the most important trip in Roma. I am sure that the experience is unique and incredible

Thank Carolzinha2210
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Apart of Religion, the Vatican Necropolis is one of the most interesting places I have visited by myself or with groups. I deeply believe that when we open our eyes to look at Travelling as an immersion in Art, History, Facts and Beauty, we open...More

3  Thank Lenitta_SP
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14 October 2018|
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Response from AMag_Colorado | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I booked by the official Vatican website in English and by email.
Joy C
15 September 2018|
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Response from Denise F | Reviewed this property |
This is also a subterranean tour in rock tunnels and carved caves. - I would think any kind of device requiring Wi-Fi would be difficult to operate.
Stacey H
20 July 2018|
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Response from mariahbay | Reviewed this property |
No storage. Know that you enter and exit on opposite sides of the basilica.