Vatican Grottoes

Vatican Grottoes, Vatican City

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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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Neighborhood: 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 neighborhood 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 neighborhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt404 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 January 25, 2021
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Lance H
Boerne, TX1,277 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 February 28, 2020
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Vicki T
Sydney, Australia5 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 February 28, 2020
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lady_britts
Bexley, UK1,110 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 February 23, 2020
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ΜΑΡΙΑ
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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 January 4, 2020
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Katie_K
Newmarket, Canada21 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
David was our tour guide and he was very good!
He was really passionate about his work and made sure we understand everything.
We really enjoyed this tour
Written December 28, 2019
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GraveshamRick
Gravesend, UK57 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
The Vatican and the burial Crypt of the Popes are free. Such a spectacular cathedral, you can’t but awe at the art, decorations, and ornate splendour of the St Peters Basilica. You can walk up 500 steps to the top and look across St Peters Square and beyond to the Tiber and the rest of Rome. For a ten euro charge their is a lift that goes half way up leaving about 220 steps left to ascend. The Crypt is well lit and easy to walk through with no bones on display. There is a lot of info to take in. If you want they do an audio tour for a fee. Well worth the extra to get a feel for the place.
Written November 4, 2019
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LoveToTravel6467
Lausanne, Switzerland357 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
If you are in the basilica then visit the grottos. Not as impressive as I thought they would be but worth walking through.
Written September 12, 2019
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YvonnePapamoa
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand404 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Interesting to see the resting spots of many popes and clergy, not too much info available to make it a tour. A must do if you are already in St Peter's Basilica
Written July 1, 2019
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Susan H
Tacoma, WA2,201 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We found the entrance to this grotto by chance while walking through St. Peter’s Basilica. Know that once you head down the stairs, you will be leaving the Basilica; although as I understand it you can reenter if you like, but I am not sure. Nice quiet area to view beautiful tombs of former Popes and people of historic significance.
Written June 26, 2019
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