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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Piazza San Pietro | Beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
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+39 06 6988 5318
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"scavi office"
in 28 reviews
"scavi tour"
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"months in advance"
in 32 reviews
"peter's bones"
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"excavations office"
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"underneath st"
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"st peter"
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"above ground"
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"early christians"
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"graffiti wall"
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"swiss guard"
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"book well in advance"
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"christian history"
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"ancient romans"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Get there early for no line up. The entrance is a bit tricky and truth be told, we found it by accident before there was a line up at 11:00 a.m. The tranquility you feel going down there is surreal. Nothing you might expect.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

A very holy and central part of a pilgrimage to Rome. The Clementine chapel is a place of great peace and serenity. At all costs this must be preserved - so visitor numbers are restricted and people must respect the place. I was privileged to...More

Thank Tim B
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very glad we did this tour – an unusual way to go under the Vatican to see the old early Christian crypts and in particular the one alleged to be that of Saint Peter. The guide, while somewhat difficult to understand, was friendly and knowledgeable....More

Thank Denise F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the visit. I'm of a Catholic leaning yet I was moved by the history and the faith. Truly beautiful and our guide Robert was obviously an expert in this field.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Please be aware that you need to get these tickets via e-mail months ahead of time. You can google it and find the information as to whom to e-mail to get the tickets. I acquired the tickets nearly 6 mos. in advance to get the...More

Thank Karen K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a rather unique and interesting tour under St. Peter's Basilica. Talk about a knowledgeable guide! Our tour guide was an American priest who had served for several years at the Vatican and happened to be back on a visit. The tour required some...More

Thank CPaM68
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You will have to book a tour weeks in advance but it worth the effort. The tour is of ancient Graves and part the the first Peters. The tour's highlight is to see part of the tomb of St. Peter. Only about a dozen people...More

Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They only allow 200 visitors a day in the Necropolis (25,000 people a day visit the Vatican) so book as early as possible. They ask you to send an email request. They confirm your reservations when you buy your ticket, you'll have to send your...More

Thank Titus D
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

Managed to book in advance for a tour and seeing the actual tomb of St Peter is so special on so many levels I had to pinch myself as l gazed upon the tomb, deep underneath St Peter’s Basillica, what a very real and moving...More

Thank Vironment
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

This tour was amazing. It covers the ancient tombs, mausoleums, and depths of history below the Vatican. If you're interested in the tomb of St Peter, awesome. There are also Romans, early Christians, and lots of historical stories. Some of the passageways are very small...More

Thank 4n6geekette
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LaVeryl V
20 May 2018|
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Response from BCfromVancouver | Reviewed this property |
You can pick up your scavi tickets without entering the Vatican.
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Paul T
16 March 2018|
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Response from kelincol | Reviewed this property |
you cannot. the vatician tour requires its own tickets. i would skip the Necropolis tour anyway, and do the vatician instead!
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Paul T
15 March 2018|
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Response from MichaelBanks | Reviewed this property |
After doing the tour of Necropolis we exited into the basilica and yes your allowed to walk freely within unless they have it blocked off or are having service; in which you can go into the service as long as your going for... More
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