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Address: Piazza San Pietro | Beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
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+39 06 6988 5318
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09:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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very limited slots available and you will have to book way in advance to be granted a ticket to visit the Vatican Necropolis. The guide was very knowledgeable and patient with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

very limited slots available and you will have to book way in advance to be granted a ticket to visit the Vatican Necropolis. The guide was very knowledgeable and patient with questions.

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Formby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We came across here when we saw others entering. The whole place is very humbling with the sarcophagus of many popes here. Amazing to see the age of them all. When you come out the other end, it leads you outside so do this last or if not, just walk back through the main door. Not sure why some reviews... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to the Necropolis twice and it is one of the most moving and memorable place i've ever been. Book this tour as early as possible as space is extremely limited. The tour guides are experts who are very knowledgeable about the necropolis and its history. Not recommended for anyone who is claustrophobic, as there are some close... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Vatican Necropolis is only accessible as part of an official tour from the Vatican's excavations office. You need to email them as far in advance as possible with a list of dates you can attend and what language you speak. When they send you a reservation you then need to go online and pay and print out your ticket.... More 

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Florianopolis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not a religious person. But wen you go to Rome, you need to visit Vatican and all that is offered there. Museum, Garden, etc. This place, Necropolis, is where many dead pope and important people, for example, are buried. It's very interesting not only to catholic and religious people, but historically, it's a must see attraction.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even thought I've been to Rome multiple times, I had never been to the Necropolis and it completely blew me, and all of our group, away. The tour was amazing, the story of the Necropolis fascinating and our guide was great. Many people in the tour asked questions which she answered happily, clearly encouraging of our fascination and enjoyment of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Prior reservations allowed us to enter the Necropolis for a guided tour under the Basicilica where the tombs of ancients were found in 1941 and resulted in uncovering St. Peter's tomb. Access is restricted by numbers and age and advance reservations are necessary. Behold the sarcophagi honoring the dead and their memory. Walk through the ancient alleys and observe how... More 

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Leidschendam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

underneath the basilica, you can see the tombs of the popes from centuries ago. beautiful artwork, and tombs that go back to the 2nd century AD. Interesting, but only for 10-15 minutes. So if the queue takes you half an hour, I would skip this. If you can walk right in, it's worth seeing.

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

If you're going to visit St. Peter's, you must include a tour of the Necropolis in your visit. There are stairs to the left of the main altar which take you down. While I can't say for sure, there would have to be an elevator to make it handicap accessible. The first tomb you will see will be that of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 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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