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Vatican Necropolis

Piazza San Pietro | Beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
+39 06 6988 5318
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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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Piazza San Pietro | Beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
+39 06 6988 5318
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Reviewed yesterday

#1, the tour guide was a soft-talker and no headphones were provided. #2, it is hot as hades in this place, and no one warns you to bring water. I could totally have skipped this tour and not have cared

Thank kelincol
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited the necropolis as part of the Vatican guided tour called Scavi. Although our guide was a bit difficult to understand the history of the place was amazing.

1  Thank ccrowe3
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

No need to describe vatican. Just a few points: -To avoid waiting in long rows, go there early. -the bassilica is worth of visit to its top. But if you are afraid of height, or having heart or lung problems, its wise not to go...More

Thank mehdi d
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an awe inspiring, informational and valuable tour. I am Roman Catholic, my travel partner was not. We were both amazed and moved by what we saw. I recommend that if you are going to Rome, take the time, and make the effort to...More

Thank nsherfesee1
Reviewed 1 week ago

All ages would appreciate this underground buriel ground. Many remarkable people are buried here, including some famous Popes.

Thank 170lawrencev
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make your reservations through the Vatican for this tour. We arrived on time and did not need to wait in a line to see the Necropolis. We started our exploration of the Vatican at the beginning of the church - the necropolis. It was amazing...More

1  Thank Maevedog
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to visit the Necropolis... request tickets several months in advance due the limited amount of tours & people on each tour. This was one of my most favorite experiences in Rome. Seeing cities thousands & thousands of years old built on top...More

Thank melissa25rn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't book through a third party but directly through the excavation office. They only allow 200 visitors a day in the Necropolis (25,000 people a day visit the Vatican) so book as early as possible. They ask you to send an email request. They...More

1  Thank Julie M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour is worth the trouble of applying months ahead. You do get to see the are under St. Peters, and it is impressive. I'm not sure about the bones though.

Thank travelinbandman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was very surprising to discover that past popes remain on site and are on display...while nature takes its course.

Thank Glen E
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August 2, 2017|
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Response from Louise J | Reviewed this property |
Well you have something to look forward to! The tour is great and can be booked from the Vatican's website vatican.va. As the other comments say, it's not allowed to post links, so I hope you find the right page. The tour... More
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June 22, 2017|
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Response from bailarina5678 | Reviewed this property |
I received instructions as well but it's confusing when everything is so massive. I took a cab from my hotel and told them it was for the necropolis tour, and the cabbie knew exactly where to drop me off. It was great! They... More
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April 19, 2017|
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Response from John I | Reviewed this property |
Allow 90 minutes and better not on a hot day.