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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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We struggled to find the entrance as it was not well signposted but it was worth persisting and quite awe inspiring.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We struggled to find the entrance as it was not well signposted but it was worth persisting and quite awe inspiring.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

For anyone interested in early christianity or history in general, this is the tour to take. From St Peters original tomb and the early fundaments of the basilica to the alleged bones of St Peter himself, this 90 minutes tour is easily one of the more rare and interesting tour the Vatican and Rome can offer. Personally I feel the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an experience, the most amazing tour about Romans and a Christian history. Our tour guide Laura was amazing, very knowledgeable and passionate. This was our highly of visiting the Vatican. You have to prebook via email, and they give you the time and date. I recommend you make it the first thing you book and don't miss it

1 Thank Matthew K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great tour beneath the Basilica, we had a trainee priest give us a guided tour, great history, a must see in Rome but book online early as limited availability

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's worth it if you want to learn Roman history and see things very few people in the world ever will. The preservation of everything is outstanding and of course, seeing the tomb of St Peter is why most people go, although understandably, it's not much to see. The idea that you're actually gazing upon his grave is more thrilling... More 

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Waxahachie, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour offers a rich history of the Vatican hill site, pre-dating Old St. Peter's and even Christianity, all the way to the present day. The experience far surpassed anything you would see in a museum. This was not a site for church history only, as we also learned much about ancient Romans, and death and burial customs that persist... More 

1 Thank DSFMEC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible history behind this tour. Necropolis was an accidental finding, then an archaeological wonder. Narrow corridors and small rooms seemed a bit crowded with our group of 12. Limited glimpse of St Peter's bones was a bit underwhelming, but understandable. Could have spent hours more in the grotto after guided tour

2 Thank Ryan N
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We weren't too amazed by this given the tombs you see on the floor at st Peter's so for us this added nothing although it looked good

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Lenoir City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not a long time needed for this tour. Just ask a guide for the stairway location.....not a steep set of stairs.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here pretty much by mistake, just followed a couple who went into a door leading down here. There are many graves with beautiful decorations and plates with the story of the pope buried at that specific grave. Worth seeing

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