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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 2 days ago

This free add on to the Vatican tour is a must. It allows you to see St Peter's tomb and the tombs of many other popes.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Davanrn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We reserved the visit almost 10 months in advance. The day of visit instruction received (email) from the Ufficio Scavi was clear and precise. After passing the Swiss Guard, we went straight to the Scavi Office about 100 m away. The office also allowed us...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lawrencecp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make your reservations at least three months before your planned visit. The tour is interesting, and the guide is very helpful.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank frozentundra612
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Outstanding tour of the burial and worship areas under the Vatican. These areas are quite humid which could create a claustrophobic feel for some visitors. Led by a Catholic archaeologist, the focus is on the history of the early church and the actual burial place...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rex_lucent
Reviewed 3 November 2018

We found it interesting to see the many crypts of the Popes, but be prepared to see lots of marble. This is an interesting place to visit if you have the time, but not nearly as impressive as St.Peter's or the Vatican Museum.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BSinPNS
Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

Amazing tour of a place not many people get to, underneath St Paul’s Basilica. Well worth the effort of finding the website, the rather well hidden entrance (ask the lovely Swiss Guards and not the grumpy Italian Police) and braving the underground humidity. A fascinating...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Christine D
Reviewed 23 October 2018

This is by far the most awe inspiring place I’ve seen. Not for the claustrophobic, and if you are tall, duck! Book tickets way in advance online and go see it!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gezza B
Reviewed 18 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank FrankM1511
Reviewed 12 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MayLehmannNYC
Reviewed 11 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Carolyn C
15 November 2018|
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Response from Gezza B | Reviewed this property |
You can go into St Peters also, but will need a separate ticket for the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Enjoy this amazing tour!
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.