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Address: | Beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 6988 5318
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 18:00
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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When Pius XII ordered a thorough excavation of the area under the High...

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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You don't have to be Catholic to be awed by the Scavi Tour of St. Peter's Necropolis. Book well in advance at Scavi@fsp.va. Cost is 13 euros per person which is a real bargain... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

You don't have to be Catholic to be awed by the Scavi Tour of St. Peter's Necropolis. Book well in advance at Scavi@fsp.va. Cost is 13 euros per person which is a real bargain. The underground tour lasts an hour and a half and the guide explains the evidence gathered concluding that this is in fact St. Peter's grave. Sadly,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can go see the grave site of St. Peter and go up under the Vatican but this has to be booked months in advance as there is limited entries. Great and difference experience that most tourist overlook.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found surprisingly the entrance to this place. Lots of important people is buried there. You can not take photographs there, which is very sad.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour is limited to 10 people, you go underneath the Vatican and visit the old city walls. The condition of the crypts is incredible. The highlight of the tour is seeing the bones of Saint Peter. I will never forget this tour, nor our guide David. I Highly recommend this tour.

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South Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are planning to tour the Vatican museums, I highly recommend that you book the Scavi tour of the Vatican Necropolis. This guided tour takes you beneath the Vatican to see the tombs. Most famous is that St. Peter was buried here. Maximum in a group are 12, and no photography is permitted. If you are claustrophobic, this would... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our guide Luana was fantastic. I was travelling with someone who had done the tour before and said that Luana was a lot clearer in her explanations of the layers and excavations. The tour is very interesting, giving a historical and archaeological view on St peters tomb and subsequent shrines/basilicas. I could not recommend this tour more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Tours rush you through. Enjoy, savor, read about it ahead of time. Pay the entrance fee and wander at leisure. Then go back and see everything again. You will be amazed how much you missed the first time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I'm thinking I'm in the midst of a Dan Brown novel, no disrespect. It was excellent. And for those who truly believe in the tomb of St. Peter, a wonderful experience. You are actually walking on the street, underground, of a necropolis and are able to see some of the ruins. While the tour is not expansive, it is good... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Being in the tombs showed me what a small part I play in this Great planet we call Home. I wish everyone could see the history here in Rome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

It was definitely an experience I will never forget, our tour guy was a seminarian who was very knowledgeable and shared the same passion the group had on the findings. The tour peeked both my my historical interest and my spiritual experience.

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