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Address: Piazza San Pietro | Beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 06 6988 5318
09:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

When Pius XII ordered a thorough excavation of the area under the High...

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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Skip the Line: Vatican Necropolis and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour
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Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour

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You book with the Vatican excavations office around 6 months in advance. You choose your language and are in a group of 12. They only let in a few hundred people a day. The tour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amanda L
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You book with the Vatican excavations office around 6 months in advance. You choose your language and are in a group of 12. They only let in a few hundred people a day. The tour is fantastic. It is underneath the basilica and ends with the tomb of St Peter. I definitely recommend it.

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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was by far the highlight of our trip to Rome. Must plan ahead (6 mths) for tickets, but the best investment Ever! Had a great guild who was knowledgeable and energetic. The tour is underground, close, warm and a bit cluster phobic. Hint, try for as early in the day as you can. Fascinated and educational. Learned so much.... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During this tour you will visit to the Tomb of Saint Peter and the Necropolis under the Vatican Basilica. It is a very worthwhile experience. Note it is artificially humid in there, this is done to help preserve the area. In March it was quite warm, and they said it gets hotter in the summer months. Some areas are enclosed,... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was worth seeing! Each scene was different and intricate and told a bit of a story about the persons life.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I walked up the left side of the colonnade of St Peters to the entrance to the visit to the Vatican excavations. I sought guidance from a very tall Swiss Guard. The tour was fascinating as it took us through 2000 years of layers of history underneath St Peters. The group was small and the tunnels were cramped. No photos... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I couldn't find a clear answer as to exactly where to go. So here's now to enter. Entering the square in front of St. Peter's you are surrounded by the two colonnades. Go to the left hand one and follow it until it is almost ended (nearest the basilica). You will see a security screening there like there is at... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Guided tour booked for level under popes tombs. Walking on Roman roads and also able to see a corner of St Peter's tomb. Need to book in advance as only 250 people allowed in each day.

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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

This is unbelievable. It's basically the archaeological dig which uncovered the burial place of St. Peter, the first pope, Christ's favorite apostle. Takes your breath away, doesn't it. Our tour guide was thorough, respectful, knowledgeable. This was a spectacular tour, and I was awestruck.

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is the best tour that I have ever been on. This is not because I am a Christian, It is purely because of the historical content. You will be able to go back to the 2nd century BC three floors below St. Peter's basillica. The Vatican has preserved the pagan burial chambers below St.Peter's basilica. You will walk through... More 

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Pattaya, Thailand
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

The Underground beneath the basillica is the final resting place of many popes, including St.Peter...take the informative 90 minutes tour and learn the history of this interesting catacombs. Not well signed, so ask where its located...well worth your while.

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