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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 4 days ago

One of the neatest things we've done in Rome, you need to go to the Vatican website and go to Scavi Tour and submit your request via email as early as possible when you know when you will be in Rome. There are many days...More

Thank kalamakid
Reviewed 6 days ago

This tour was amazing! The site under the Vatican is a real treasure of archeological finds with Mausoleums,tombs and artifacts,the best unveiling being the chapel it was so beautiful.Our guide Richard was English and raced through our tour as he was concerned about the group...More

1  Thank fsgaspo
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fascinating look at the excavations, tombs, artifacts under St. Peter's Basilica. Took about 1 hour total as Vatican guide took us on a path underground through narrow areas, enclosed caves, etc My wife had to leave tour group halfway through due to claustrophobia. Tour ended...More

Thank Steve Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The site is essentially an archeological dig site underneath the present day Basilica and the current cathedral is actually built over the top of two previous versions of it. A Necropolis is an ancient burial ground and indeed this one used to be like an...More

Thank Damien B
Reviewed 1 week ago

My mom found out about this and miraculously got three tickets for her, my brother and me for the Vatican Scavi tour. We had read so much about how it was the highlight of everyone's trip, so we were very excited. We weren't disappointed, but...More

1  Thank Kelsey S
Reviewed 1 week ago

After applying by email from their website had a confirmation next morning. For €13 pp for a 90 minute guided tour it was excellent value. We obeyed instructions and didn't take bags (they say bulky bags, so we were unsure when they became bulky) Others...More

Thank Joanne B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As soon as we walked out metro near Vatican city there was bunch of representatives for tour guide who were telling us that we will have to stay for over two hours in a line just for the tickets, that its only 50€ per persone...More

Thank kaunas69
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Scavi Tour under the Vatican was a little disappointing. The majority of the tour was looking at empty crypts and dirt walkways. I'd only recommend it to see the bones of Saint Peter. That was a surprisingly emotional experience for a non-Catholic. (The Vatican...More

Thank believeNus
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Booking this tour is well worth it. I was a bit fearful after hearing warnings of how cramped it can get. The space issue was not as bad as it was made out to be. I can imagine that during the summer it would indeed...More

2  Thank Rebecca H
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Whether or not you like this tour may depend on your religious beliefs. It is very heavily biased toward the official church line, and geared toward the grand finale of being able to see two bones that are claimed to be St. Peters. The actual...More

2  Thank Llywinda
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How do I get to the entrance for this? I heard it was confusing and not in the main line for Basilica.
22 June 2017|
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Response from MomDives | Reviewed this property |
Face the Vatican main entrance. Look to the left of if the huge line, for the Swiss Guards. Follow the directions on your invitation-and don't get there too early. You will have to wait outside (beside the Guards) for your... More
Michael G
How much time does the tour take?
19 April 2017|
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Response from Jay L | Reviewed this property |
Our tour was an hour and a half.
Amanda B
Thank you, BCfromVancouver, for these most informative instructions. We have a reservation for May. I have 2 more questions that perhaps you can help with. My friend will have a camera bag with her. I have told her that she will not be allowed to take it on the tour, but we are doing other things that day so she will have it. 1) Is there somewhere that she will be allowed to leave it before we take the tour? and 2) if not, does that mean she needs to go through the (longer?) basilica security line to be able to check her bag?
27 March 2017|
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Response from Matthew K | Reviewed this property |
When we went in there were some people with reasonable sized back packs, they were just asked to wear them on their fronts. Small bags will be no problem