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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
All reviews scavi office scavi tour months in advance peter's bones excavations office underneath st st peter above ground early christians graffiti wall burial place of st swiss guard high humidity ancient romans christian history century ad very interesting tour
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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