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Beneath the main floor of St. Peter's Basilica are the tombs of several popes and saints.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You might miss it. The entrance is inside the Basilica - near the center area. A quiet and serene place.

Thank jthendra
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting architecture and presentation of crypts. Hints at past intrigue if you look at all of the signs and sudden deaths of some of the people.

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thought this was a so interesting to see all the tombs of past Pope's. It was beautiful down here. Many people miss it. You need to go in the small entrance behind a pillar to the left of the altar.

Thank Mo1962
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Highlighted by the tomb of St Peter, quietly walking the grottoes and seeing the various sarcophagi of popes, from simple to ornate is quite interesting. The stairs descend directly from the Basilica, and it takes no more than 10-15 minutes to walk through. Talking and...More

Thank sladerer
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Find the entrance inside the Basilica, down the steps and self tour. No photos. Many of the popes are here.

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

If you have battled through the queues to get into the Basilica and then been barged by the disrespectful tourists who don't appreciate it, go downstairs to the tombs of past popes. Not exactly on the same scale as Westminster Abbey but still well worth...More

1  Thank Ken R
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Unimpressed and uninterested in the resting place of past popes. Not sure as to the order, how many, or significance. Interesting to read the placards about the various popes, but unless you have a desire to see every place I'd use my time elsewhere such...More

Thank jjpuck
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Preconceptions that this would be dark and claustrophobic where quickly dispelled once in the Grotto with many tombs to Popes through the ages, fascinating to look at the history available

Thank Nige011
Reviewed 26 April 2017

It was great to go downstairs and see where many popes were laid to rest - Im pretty sure this area was out of bounds to the public last time I visited. A word of warning - visit when you've looked round the whole of...More

Thank Sued3290
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

When you visit St. Peter's, this is a must see. Seeing the tombs of the Popes, and especially St. Peter's, makes the experience very palpable. All of the sudden, the history of the church becomes real when everything you read about in Catholic school is...More

1  Thank orthobass
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you have to arrange with the Vatican direct. google Vatican Scavi Reservation