Vatican Grottoes
Vatican Grottoes
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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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Neighbourhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighbourhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighbourhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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RudySzymon
Chicago, IL853 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
As the heads of the Catholic church, they were trying to run the world. Now they are buried under the St. Peter Basilica. Joined by some of the kings and saints. Long history of the church.
Written 12 February 2024
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planetary a
2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Chapels honoring several saints as well as the remains of countless monarchs and popes may be found in the grottos under the basilica. The most significant one is Saint Peter's tomb, whose memorial was placed there in the fourth century as a place to venerate his burial.

Written 25 September 2023
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Travel R
Rochester, MN1,712 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Doesn't take long to walk through, even though the line can sometimes get long to get down the stairs. The resting place for a number of popes and saints, some recent and some ancient.
Written 8 July 2023
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada2,145 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
The line to get in can be long at times but it is located beneath the St. Peter's Basilica to the right of the altar. There is a sign indicating where the stairs are but you may have to wait if there is a service or queue. When we went on a weekday around noon we had no issue getting in. Spending 15 minutes down here is enough but you are not supposed to take pictures in the grottoes so keep that in mind. There are signs in English and Italian for the Popes available to see.
Written 30 April 2023
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Sam
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia12,097 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
The burial place for a lot of the Popes. Underneath the main level of the Basilica. Worth spending a few minutes walking it on the way outside
Written 25 June 2022
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt489 contributions
Feb 2020
It is fine to have a quick look at this place and know some background before the visit. This place can be visited along with the basilica.
Written 25 January 2021
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Lance H
Boerne, TX1,280 contributions
Dec 2019
It's worth going down into the grottoes/crypts but it's not exceptional. I guess I was thinking more like the crypts where the bones are.
Written 28 February 2020
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Vicki T
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
Feb 2020
The queues to visit St Peter's can get ridiculously long but if you get there early (it opens at 7am) you'll have it almost to yourself. There's a security check point to go through before you enter. You can stand in front of Michelangelo's Pieta (off to the right as you enter) and be the only admirer. When I visited (end Feb 2020) the grotte opened at 9am. It's also free. If you stand in front of the Baldachin (the gigantic sort of canopy lectern in centre by Bernini) the staircase leading to the grotte is off to your left (it's not immediately visible). If you're interested in seeing these grotte (where previous popes etc are buried) make the visit at the end as you won't be able to re-enter the basilica.
Written 28 February 2020
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lady_britts
Bexley, UK1,338 contributions
Dec 2019
Whilst walking around the awe inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, we noticed that there were steps leading you to the Vatican Grottoes, which contain the tombs and sarcophagi of numerous popes, as well as several huge columns from the original 4th-century basilica. Located underneath the church, it is free to enter and is an incredible sight to see.
Written 23 February 2020
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ΜΑΡΙΑ
6 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
The church of Saint Petros is honestly breathtaking as a building and I will 100% suggest you to go there and visit it.
it also has free entrance and you just pay to go upstairs but that's the beauty
if you are looking for tombs I think it's better if you go somewhere else because there are not much to see there
at least they're not much revealed yet to the public
Written 4 January 2020
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