Scavi Tour to the Tomb of St. Peter’s & Skip Line Guided Tour of the Basilica

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The most exclusive Vatican tour to a restricted area of Vatican City with fewer than 100 permits granted per day. Vatican necropolis with the tomb of St. Peter’s is the best-preserved ancient cemetery in Rome with artefacts, frescoes and bas-reliefs taking the visitor back to times of imperial Rome and early Christian persecutions. Tour includes guided visit of the excavations area as well as St. Peter’s Basilica.
Important note: You need to be at least 15 years old to be granted access to the excavations area.

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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Starts: RM, Italy
Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Historical & Heritage Tours



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The most exclusive Vatican tour to a restricted area of Vatican City with fewer than 100 permits granted per day. Vatican necropolis with the tomb of St. Peter’s is the best-preserved ancient cemetery in Rome with artefacts, frescoes and bas-reliefs taking the visitor back to times of imperial Rome and early Christian persecutions. Tour includes guided visit of the excavations area as well as St. Peter’s Basilica.
Important note: You need to be at least 15 years old to be granted access to the excavations area.

Itinerary
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Stop At: St. Peter’s Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Meet our staff at St. Peter’s Square within splendid Bernini’s Colonnade and stop for a photo by the Bronze Doors, the ceremonial Vatican entrance, guarded by the Swiss Guards

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Enter St. Peter’s Basilica with skip line pass and walk through the lower level of St. Peter’s Basilica lined with tombs of Pope’s

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Necropolis, Piazza San Pietro Beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Visit ancient Roman cemetery with tombs and preserved decorations
from the 1st century AD. Learn why St. Peter was martyred at Nero’s Circus in 64 AD and why he was buried at the Roman cemetery on the slope of the Vatican hill, later covered by the construction of the first Vatican basilica at the time of emperor Constantine. Pay respect at St. Peter’s Tomb excavated together with the necropolis over 80 years ago under Pope Pius XII. This is the most exclusive Vatican tour with fewer than 100 permits granted per day.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Re-enter St. Peter’s Basilica to continue with the guided tour. See the highlights of the church including Bernini’s “Baldacchino” and Michelangelo’s “Pietà” Your guided tour will end inside St. Peter’s and you may stay on for your further private exploration

Duration: 40 minutes



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