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Address: Vatican City, Italy
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Beneath the main floor of St. Peter's Basilica are the tombs of several...

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

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You simply must do this. Surprisingly quiet and a peaceful place to visit. Huge sense of the history and longevity of the Vatican. Massive recommendation from me.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You simply must do this. Surprisingly quiet and a peaceful place to visit. Huge sense of the history and longevity of the Vatican. Massive recommendation from me.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Under the Vatican, outside steps lead down to the Grottoes; Here are buried the majority of the popes; also the Vatican Hill was a burial ground in ancient times; It seems that the first tomb was St. Peter's grave, the saint's resting place is perhaps unclear, but it's the historical descriptions. My mother wanted to visit this place, it's very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

I arrived at the Vatican at 650am for an early admission tour that started at 730. We finished about 1230. It was hot. I was tired, and my "dogs were barking". I was also starving. The guided tour ended and the other members of the group went to mail some letters from the post office. I chose the Grotto and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

A walk to remember through time, a study of Catholicism, Politics, History, Good versus Evil and the foibles of Man and the quest for Power.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Since we took a tour of the Vatican Necropolis, we were given free access to the Grottoes afterwards. Spent some time looking at the tombs. I didn't even think we'd get to see it because of the super long lines outside when we visited.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We visited right before going to St Peters Basilica and would recommend it if you are in the area. There are several beautiful tombs of popes designed by some of the greats- worth a visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

we stopped in before visiting the Sistine Chapel and it was a very interesting sight to see! inside its very cool (a great place to go to get away from the heat) and had tons of tombs of the deceased popes and even some kings/queens. most tombs have plaques in front with a little bit of information and i found... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

The vast underground graveyard or crypt beneath St Peter's Basilica and it houses the tombs of scored Popes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The entrance is at the right side of Basilic and it´s free to enter, there are signs not to take photos if we take them in a discreet way no problem. Many popes burried in the grottoes and the highlight is the places where are burried the Pope John ll and the apostole Peter.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Full of impressive and beautiful tombs to discover as well as history. To me the art work and the tomb of Christina of Sweden were the most important things to see. It is also free. Unlike in Basilika taking photos here is not permitted.

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