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Peter's Tomb: Exclusive Visit of the Basilica & Its Necropolis

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St. Peter's Tomb! Very exclusive visit of the Scavi (necropolis) of St. Peter's Basilica.

Start your 2.5 hour tour the right way with your small group into St. Peter's Basilica to meet your official Vatican guides. Enjoy the greatest masterpieces of all time from inside the Basilica and explore the magic of the early Christian necropolis that oversees the mortal remains of the Apostle Peter.
Highlights
  • Beat the Vatican crowds with reserved entry to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Discover the Vatican Necropolis, an intriguing sight that many visitors miss
  • See a tomb that's said to house the relics of St. Peter the Apostle
  • Learn about sculptor Bernini as you admire his bronze baldachin in the basilica
What to Expect
Meet your guide in St. Peter's Square and then enter St. Peter's Basilica via a reserved entranceway to dodge the crowds that linger in the main entry line.

Once inside the church, you'll head underground past the grottoes to the central nave, home of the Vatican Necropolis. Hear the history behind this Roman graveyard from your guide as you walk around both pagan and Christian burial sites, and discover the secrets of this lesser-seen Vatican sight.

After passing the tomb of St. Peter the Apostle, you'll ascend the stairs to the ornate basilica, a church elaborately decorated with marble and mosaic, in contrast to the necropolis below. Follow your guide around the crowds to discover the showpiece sights with ease and learn about the Chapel of Confession, the tomb of St. John Paul II, and masterpieces such as Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's baldachin.

Your Vatican Necropolis and basilica tour then ends inside the church.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tour with a guide who knew really a lot of ancient history together with the catholic history. Tour is worth visiting

Thank Marc L
elio e, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Vox Mundi, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Marc, thank you for the positive review. Hope this will help other guest to enjoy the Basilica of St. Peter and our excluvive experiences. Thank you

Reviewed 15 July 2019

I’ve never done a TripAdvisor review before but for this experience, I really wanted to. Our tourguide, Paolo was amazing ! He had so many interesting bits of information about the Necropoli and truly made our experience that much more enjoyable. I highly recommend this...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank BHAgnes
elio e, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Vox Mundi, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Agnes, thank you for the positive review from all of our staff. Hope this will help other guest to enjoy the Basilica of St. Peter and our excluvive experiences. Thank you

Reviewed 14 July 2019

I thought when I booked this tour it was for one hour. Turned out to be three hours. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable but his accent made it difficult to understand at times. He spent way too much time talking about the brick and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Wilma K
Reviewed 10 July 2019

I booked my tickets for the Scavi necropolis tour on line. It costs 13 euros per person and must be booked wayyyyy in advance or you will not get a ticket. There are only 240 people allowed down here a day, so make sure you...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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elio e, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Vox Mundi, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2019

Dear Emily, thank you for the positive review from all of our staff. Hope this will help other guest to enjoy the Basilica of St. Peter and our excluvive experiences. Thank you

Reviewed 3 July 2019

We took this tour yesterday with Paolo as our guide and we highly, highly recommend it, especially for pilgrims. Paolo is thoughtful and extremely knowledgeable. Most importantly, however, his demeanor is appropriate in a sacred space and he understands that some of the tourists in...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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elio e, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Vox Mundi, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2019

Dear Molly, thank you for the positive review from all of our staff. Hope this will help other guest to enjoy the Basilica of St. Peter and our excluvive experiences. Thank you

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Response from EZWash | Reviewed this property |
No, those would be separate tours.
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Response from vdaviesw2013 | Reviewed this property |
The tour I took of necropolis and St Peter's didn't include the things you mention. I did those on a separate tour of vatican museums the previous year.
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