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Vatican Necropolis

Open today: 09:00 - 18:00
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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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

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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
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Right under St. Peter's Basilica, you'll find the tombs of the deceased Popes. It's a short walk, but one you won't soon forget.

1  Thank Sylvianne G
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

My partner arranged a guided tour for us. There is only about 150 people a day for 3 days a week allowed down. It is a place of extreme importance to the Catholic Church and I found our guide to be exceptional. The history behind...More

3  Thank briancT4411DN
Reviewed 18 July 2018

Buy your ticket directly from the Scavi site. Arriving you get to go through security and walk into a part of the Vatican walls normally not seen by a tourist. There were cars of people arriving to see the Pope and security put us inside...More

1  Thank HollyinHuntsville
Reviewed 14 July 2018

We saw this for the 2nd time this year and were liked it even more the 2nd time. Our guide this time was much better. She explained things very well and had some diagrams and pictures to help us understand things better. I would highly...More

1  Thank Rich S
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Located just beneath St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Necropolis is a must visit for first time visitor to Vatican City. It's fascinating and rich in history. You will be able to learn a lot from the angle of archaeology. The queue can be daunting but...More

1  Thank Danny T
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Joy C
15 September 2018|
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Response from mariahbay | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know either, but a headset would be of benefit to any visitor. The groups were physically so close to each other that the guide for the group ahead of us was sometimes easier to hear than our own. Oh, and if the... More
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.
9 July 2018|
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Response from mariahbay | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. As you exit outdoors on the left side of St. Peter’s, there’s a well barricaded route that leads to the front entrance that bypasses the hoardes.