Necropoli Di San Pietro
Necropoli Di San Pietro
4.5
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Neighborhood: Esquilino
Old school vibe from the very beginning is the only way to describe the Esquilino neighborhood. The Esquilino takes pride in being one of the oldest areas in Rome for its key location on one of the city’s famous seven hills. From an ancient neighborhood to its modern incarnation as a multicultural hub, Esquilino always has something going on—polyglot vendors debate street artists while kids play pick-up basketball games. Look around you: this area isn’t like the historic center. Liberty architecture, large piazzas, and long boulevards mix with archaic arches, secret side alleys, and beautiful churches like Santa Maria Maggiore.
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  • axtra l
    Tel Aviv, Israel7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Although this is a must-see, reservations must be made months in advance.
    The necropolis beneath St. Peter's was only discovered in 1940, excavated, and accessible to 300 visitors daily until the 1970s. Numerous Romans are buried there, but St. Peter, the first Pope, is the most significant. Amazing how they discovered St. Peter's tomb and remains! Make reservations well in advance of your trip.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Ilene
    780 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our Scavi Tour Was Amazing!
    HIGHLY RECOMMEND the official Scavi tour! You have to email the Excavations Office in advance to request this tour of the Necropolis, tombs and chapels beneath St. Basilica, including the site believed to hold St. Peter’s bones. It has its own entrance, security checkpoint w/ Swiss guards and no lines — a huge bonus! Our group of 6 people had a wonderful guide, Katie. Even though we are not Catholic we found the tour fascinating. After the tour we were able to explore the grottoes and enter into St. Peter’s Basilica above without standing in line — another huge bonus! If you cannot book the Scavi tour, you can visit the Necropolis Via Triumphalis — it has recently been reopened by the Vatican. Katie explained that it offers a view of another area of the Necropolis from above, instead of at eye level. The area is not underneath St. Peter’s Basilica so it may not hold the same meaning for some.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 26, 2023
  • DWJT
    Swindon, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best tour of our weekend
    We booked this tour several months in advance and boy was it worth it. Great value for money. A full hour tour and entrance to St Peter's Basilica afterwards, all without anywhere near the same length of queue as the general entrance usually has.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2024
  • Emma G
    Seattle, Washington59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit in Rome!
    The highlight of our trip to Rome! Whether or not you’re Catholic, I think anyone can enjoy this tour. It covers not only the start of the Catholic Church, but also a ton of history of Rome. We were amazed my all of the beautiful tombs that are still so well preserved. Our tour guide was wonderful and so knowledgeable. I highly recommend to any history lovers!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 12, 2024
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Atravelfan
Atlanta251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
HIghly recommend this tour. We booked well in advance directly with the Scavi Vatican site.
This small group tour ( ~12) is led by a Vatican guide and was so interesting. Our guide shared so much of the history of the necropolis. The excavation is amazing. The tour lasted about 90 minutes. No photos allowed to be taken in the necropolis so cant show you what we saw but it was so worth the effort. The passageways are not tight but it is very humid in there so be prepared for that ( they keep the humidity high purposefully for preservation of the structures).
As mentioned in other reviews, at the conclusion of the tour, you are at St Peter's basillica and bypass the long lines outside. You also are able, with your Scavi tickets, to purchase reduced rate tickets for the cupola lift
Written July 14, 2023
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LostLittleGirlx
Wexford, Ireland219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
I have been here twice and both times it was my favourite tour in the Vatican. You must book this well in advance ( a few months) and book it directly with the Vatican Scavi office, its only €13 and great value. Tours limited to about 12 or 15 people. You see the 3rd layer down, under the popes tombs layer. It is where the excavations went down to the beginning and St. Peter's tomb was discovered. Highly recommended!
Written July 16, 2023
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casandra d
Orlando, FL60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband and I were so excited for this tour and it did not disappoint. We booked it about 2 months before our trip and it was quite simple. We showed up 15 minutes before our scheduled tour, went through security, and started right on time. Our tour guide spoke English well and was extremely knowledgeable. I’d say the tour lasted about an hour. Afterwards, we were able to walk up into Saint Peter’s Basilica. We were happy about this because the wait to get in had been about 2 hours all day. We personally did the tour for religious purposes but I would suggest it for anyone who is interested in history as well. This tour is definitely a hidden gem of Rome. Bring some water if you get warm easily because it was very humid underground.
Written February 11, 2020
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Jenn B
Markham, Canada62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
When we booked our trip to Italy, this was my first priority to book. You have to write to the Scavi office to request permission to be on the tour. Then they will email you with your permission. Very affordable. Only about 12 people in our group. Only 200 people can go through the Necropolis each day, and you get a chance to interact with the Swiss Guards to get to the Scavi office.
Our tour guide was excellent. It is dark and humid during the tour, but well worth it. You get to see 1st century walk-ways through the pagan tombs - so interesting. I would highly recommend this tour.
Written September 15, 2022
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axtra l
Tel Aviv, Israel7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Business
The necropolis beneath St. Peter's was only discovered in 1940, excavated, and accessible to 300 visitors daily until the 1970s. Numerous Romans are buried there, but St. Peter, the first Pope, is the most significant. Amazing how they discovered St. Peter's tomb and remains! Make reservations well in advance of your trip.
Written August 30, 2023
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juliehughes814
Woodland, CA11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I was so amazed and disappointed that the Scavi office refused to refund our tickets or even give a credit for a future visit! Our tickets were for March 15th, 2020. The entire country of Italy is on lockdown because of Coronavirus, with all public places closed including restaurants etc. The USA has banned incoming flights from Italy. This is clearly an unusual situation, out of everyone's control, yet they refused a refund and even sent an extremely rude response, "Sorry but our offices are open and we don’t refund the entrance." Pretty much, tough luck.
Written March 13, 2020
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Ilene
massachusetts780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
HIGHLY RECOMMEND the official Scavi tour! You have to email the Excavations Office in advance to request this tour of the Necropolis, tombs and chapels beneath St. Basilica, including the site believed to hold St. Peter’s bones. It has its own entrance, security checkpoint w/ Swiss guards and no lines — a huge bonus!

Our group of 6 people had a wonderful guide, Katie. Even though we are not Catholic we found the tour fascinating. After the tour we were able to explore the grottoes and enter into St. Peter’s Basilica above without standing in line — another huge bonus!

If you cannot book the Scavi tour, you can visit the Necropolis Via Triumphalis — it has recently been reopened by the Vatican. Katie explained that it offers a view of another area of the Necropolis from above, instead of at eye level. The area is not underneath St. Peter’s Basilica so it may not hold the same meaning for some.
Written December 26, 2023
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy32,998 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Took my nephew and his friend to the Scavi Tour, and I went along as well since I had not been in over 10 years. Had a very good guide, easy to understand, good amount of information and explanation. Our group was nine people plus the guide. Always amazing to see these ancient burial chambers, as well as the shrine to St. Peter. Green cards were checked; masks and plastic gloves (provided) were required. It can get very warm, particularly when wearing the masks and gloves. Photos are not permitted on the tour.
Written March 15, 2022
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RobinDav
Texas Gulf Coast, TX208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
This was an amazing tour ! Book on the website as soon as you know your dates that you will be in Rome . Email them at scavi@fsp.va They will want your # of participants and names also language and dates you are available . Don’t forget to also include your email. They responded to me very quickly with date and how to pay . I was so excited ! This guided tour starts underground showing you some amazing sites , then brings you to the next level where you can view some of the popes tombs and then you can start your visit to St Peters Basilica from there without waiting in line . Makes for an amazing day ! If I may suggest afterwards, a visit to Castle Sant Angelo for some amazing views . It’s about a 10 minute walk from St Peters Basilica.
Written March 13, 2023
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Carol O
Saint Charles, MO30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I'm stunned that I was able to get into this Scavi tour--very limited in number allowed into this holy space. This tour was the highlight of my entire 8-day visit in Rome. I can't stop thinking about it.
Written January 27, 2023
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