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Vatican Necropolis: Tours & Tickets

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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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The necropolis is under St. Peter’s and wasn’t discovered until 1940, excavated an open to only 300 people per day until the 1970’s. It holds the tombs of many Romans and most importantly St. Peter, the first Pope. Fascinating how they found St. Peter’s tomb...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank drearick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The necropolis of the vatican is actually more worth the visit. It stand on the old mars fields of Rome their burial places. After that the church was erected on that same place..

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank francien2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On this tour you meet a guide on the side of the Vatican and take a tour below the Vatican to see the original tombs including the bones believed to be St. Peters. There are many areas with the original flooring and wall decorations. You...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Twingirlsmom2
Reviewed 1 September 2019 via mobile

Booked it via Vatican. Amazing tour, best tour in Rome. Excavations are incredible and show bits of all cultures demonstrating the history of rome before the basicila was formally built. On a hot day it is very humid down there but believe me the pay...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank 3chetnav
Reviewed 16 August 2019

Since the directions are not that clear, here are some FYI's for 1st time to Italy over-planners like myself. (1) To get into St. Peter's Square (not the church) there is basically no security. You pretty much just walk past a few soldiers and you...More

Date of experience: August 2019
3  Thank Ramius1019
Reviewed 1 August 2019

This was a great tour to take underneath St. Peter's Basilica. I have to say that if you are claustrophobic, the first part might be a bit uncomfortable. Guide was so knowledgeable and knew so much about the place. Book far ahead through the Vatican...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 1 August 2019

Amazing but NOT for children!!! The tour is extremely long (3hrs walking) If you love history is worth every penny.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Deborah N
Reviewed 29 July 2019 via mobile

Booked the Scavi tour through the Vatican many months in advance. I was so lucky that I was able to get the one day that I was available. They email back with the possible time and if you accept, you pay 13€. It does say...More

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank ylc25
Reviewed 28 July 2019

Being atheists, we didn't really want to do a tour of St Peter focused on the religious side. Our visit to the necropolis below the basilica was wonderful as our guide focused on the archaeological aspect of the creation of the structure, and its successive...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Raphael M
Reviewed 15 July 2019

I learned of this place years ago reading Dan Brown's Angels & Demons and was thrilled to discover it was actually real! The visit comprises a walk along a subterranean Roman street from the 1st century that was build as a necropolis, with proximity to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Bahea A
31 August 2019|
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Response from expatgirl2014 | Reviewed this property |
As far as i know, you must write the excavations office to ask for place on tour. I never heard of a company offering it.
7 August 2019|
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Response from vacations2xayear | Reviewed this property |
I travel with my license, passport and teacher ID. That day they only ask to see my confirmation email. As you probably know, often there are not hard rules, it depends on who is in charge. A passport always trumps a... More