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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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Piazza San Pietro | Beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
+39 06 6988 5318
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I've never been down in the Necropolis before where St. Peter's tomb is located. It has an odd entryway inside St. Peter's - you need to know what you are looking for but it's a great way to exit the cathedral on your way out.

Thank Greg B
Reviewed 4 days ago

English speaking tour guide was from Alaska and we found her to be somewhat disrespectful ( trying to be fresh and funny ). Group was more than the stated 12 people and approx 8 persons were non english speaking ( loudly in their own language...More

Thank Sophie F
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the neatest things we've done in Rome, you need to go to the Vatican website and go to Scavi Tour and submit your request via email as early as possible when you know when you will be in Rome. There are many days...More

Thank kalamakid
Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was amazing! The site under the Vatican is a real treasure of archeological finds with Mausoleums,tombs and artifacts,the best unveiling being the chapel it was so beautiful.Our guide Richard was English and raced through our tour as he was concerned about the group...More

1  Thank fsgaspo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fascinating look at the excavations, tombs, artifacts under St. Peter's Basilica. Took about 1 hour total as Vatican guide took us on a path underground through narrow areas, enclosed caves, etc My wife had to leave tour group halfway through due to claustrophobia. Tour ended...More

Thank Steve Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The site is essentially an archeological dig site underneath the present day Basilica and the current cathedral is actually built over the top of two previous versions of it. A Necropolis is an ancient burial ground and indeed this one used to be like an...More

Thank Damien B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My mom found out about this and miraculously got three tickets for her, my brother and me for the Vatican Scavi tour. We had read so much about how it was the highlight of everyone's trip, so we were very excited. We weren't disappointed, but...More

1  Thank Kelsey S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After applying by email from their website had a confirmation next morning. For €13 pp for a 90 minute guided tour it was excellent value. We obeyed instructions and didn't take bags (they say bulky bags, so we were unsure when they became bulky) Others...More

Thank Joanne B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As soon as we walked out metro near Vatican city there was bunch of representatives for tour guide who were telling us that we will have to stay for over two hours in a line just for the tickets, that its only 50€ per persone...More

Thank kaunas69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Scavi Tour under the Vatican was a little disappointing. The majority of the tour was looking at empty crypts and dirt walkways. I'd only recommend it to see the bones of Saint Peter. That was a surprisingly emotional experience for a non-Catholic. (The Vatican...More

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How do I get to the entrance for this? I heard it was confusing and not in the main line for Basilica.
22 June 2017|
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Response from bailarina5678 | Reviewed this property |
I received instructions as well but it's confusing when everything is so massive. I took a cab from my hotel and told them it was for the necropolis tour, and the cabbie knew exactly where to drop me off. It was great! They... More
Michael G
How much time does the tour take?
19 April 2017|
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Response from Jay L | Reviewed this property |
Our tour was an hour and a half.
Amanda B
Thank you, BCfromVancouver, for these most informative instructions. We have a reservation for May. I have 2 more questions that perhaps you can help with. My friend will have a camera bag with her. I have told her that she will not be allowed to take it on the tour, but we are doing other things that day so she will have it. 1) Is there somewhere that she will be allowed to leave it before we take the tour? and 2) if not, does that mean she needs to go through the (longer?) basilica security line to be able to check her bag?
27 March 2017|
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Response from Matthew K | Reviewed this property |
When we went in there were some people with reasonable sized back packs, they were just asked to wear them on their fronts. Small bags will be no problem