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Vatican Catacombs Tour

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Vatican Catacombs Tour

Hi,

I am looking at doing the catacombs tour and was wondering if anyone knows where I can book this?

Also was it any good and how much did it cost?

Thanks,

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1. Re: Vatican Catacombs Tour

Are you talking about the grottos or the scavi tour? The grottos you can visit on your own. For the scavi you must email the vatican for a request.

scavi@fsp.va

There are specific limitations to this tour including no one under 15 permitted and the number of people on the tour is limited. Send them the names of everyone on the tour, the language of the tour and all the dates you can do the tour. The more the better.

It costs 12 euros each.

donna

Edited: 7:47 am, November 01, 2012
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2. Re: Vatican Catacombs Tour

In 2013 the price goes up to 13 euros.

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3. Re: Vatican Catacombs Tour

Thank you :)

Edited: 8:03 am, November 01, 2012
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4. Re: Vatican Catacombs Tour

If you were talking about the scavi tour, I have done it twice and it was amazing. Even though it didn't really see anything new the second time, it was still a great experience. I would highly recommend it.

One word of advice if you do this, bring a small hand-held fan. It gets pretty stuffy and warm underground!

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5. Re: Vatican Catacombs Tour

The papal grotto is free to enter, from the nave of St. Peter's Basilica, which is also free to enter. There you can see the tombs of many of the popes, and the little chapel that's above the tomb of St. Peter. Usually you can't enter the chapel, but there is a kneeler in front of it where you can meditate or pray.

The Vatican Necropolis (scavi) is an ancient Roman pagan cemetery, where it is presumed St. Peter was buried. Here you will learn the history of the search for his tomb and will see some ancient Roman painted tombs, as well as the presumed original burial spot of St. Peter. During the barbarian invasions, his body was temporarily moved to a safer location, and when it was brought back, (again, not absolutely certainly, but quite reasonably assumed) it was reburied in a somewhat safer spot, above the original spot and right below the little chapel, which itself is right below the main altar of the basilica. This tour takes about an hour and a half, and ends inside the little chapel. Afterwards, you can visit the Papal Grotto and the Basilica on your own.

If you want to tour the necropolis, here is a Vatican website that explains exactly how to go about it:

vatican.va/roman_curia/institutions_connecte…

There are limited places, so you should begin the process well in advance. You have a much better chance of getting a reservation if you suggest several times that you would be available rather than requesting a specific time.

If you wanted to visit a catacomb, there are none at the Vatican. There are five Christian catacombs in Rome, two north of the center of the city, and three to the south, on or near the Via Appia Antica. If that's what you meant, I can give you details about visiting those.

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