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Vatican Necropolis, Vatican City

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Vatican Necropolis, commonly referred to as the Scavi, lies under Vatican City, some 5 to 12 m (16 to 39 ft) below Saint Peter’s Basilica. The tombs and mausoleums, early depictions of Christ, and St. Peter’s grave impress visitors greatly. Properly excavated during the 1940s, today visitors in small groups of 10 to 15 people can experience a pre-arranged guided tour. Check out the official website to make a reservation, required to visit this attraction. A visit to Vatican Necropolis represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Vatican City trip generator to plot your vacation.
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  • The site is essentially an archeological dig site underneath the present day Basilica and the current cathedral is actually built over the top of two previous versions of it. A Necropolis is an ancien...  more »
  • My mom found out about this and miraculously got three tickets for her, my brother and me for the Vatican Scavi tour. We had read so much about how it was the highlight of everyone's trip, so we were ...  more »
  • After applying by email from their website had a confirmation next morning. For €13 pp for a 90 minute guided tour it was excellent value. We obeyed instructions and didn't take bags (they say bulky b...  more »