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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...more
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On this tour you meet a guide on the side of the Vatican and take a tour below the Vatican to see the original tombs including the bones believed to be St. Peters. There are many areas with the original flooring and wall decorations.
Booked it via Vatican. Amazing tour, best tour in Rome. Excavations are incredible and show bits of all cultures demonstrating the history of rome before the basicila was formally built. On a hot day it is very humid down there but believe me the pay...More
Since the directions are not that clear, here are some FYI's for 1st time to Italy over-planners like myself. (1) To get into St. Peter's Square (not the church) there is basically no security. You pretty much just walk past a few soldiers and you...More
This was a great tour to take underneath St. Peter's Basilica. I have to say that if you are claustrophobic, the first part might be a bit uncomfortable. Guide was so knowledgeable and knew so much about the place. Book far ahead through the Vatican...More
Booked the Scavi tour through the Vatican many months in advance. I was so lucky that I was able to get the one day that I was available. They email back with the possible time and if you accept, you pay 13€. It does say...More
Being atheists, we didn't really want to do a tour of St Peter focused on the religious side. Our visit to the necropolis below the basilica was wonderful as our guide focused on the archaeological aspect of the creation of the structure, and its successive...More
I learned of this place years ago reading Dan Brown's Angels & Demons and was thrilled to discover it was actually real! The visit comprises a walk along a subterranean Roman street from the 1st century that was build as a necropolis, with proximity to...More
We went on one of the hottest days in July. I’ve read that it would be stiffling hot and humid inside and very claustrophobic. It was definitely cooler inside than I imagined. As far as claustrophobic, you would have to have extreme claustrophobia to not...More
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I travel with my license, passport and teacher ID. That day they only ask to see my confirmation email. As you probably know, often there are not hard rules, it depends on who is in charge. A passport always trumps a... More
I travel with my license, passport and teacher ID. That day they only ask to see my confirmation email. As you probably know, often there are not hard rules, it depends on who is in charge. A passport always trumps a license except for renting a car I suppose. Wouldn't you have both with you anyway? Sorry I couldn't be of more help.