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Peter's Tomb: Exclusive Visit of the Basilica & Its Necropolis

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St. Peter's Tomb! Very exclusive visit of the Scavi (necropolis) of St. Peter's Basilica.

Start your 2.5 hour tour the right way with your small group into St. Peter's Basilica to meet your official Vatican guides. Enjoy the greatest masterpieces of all time from inside the Basilica and explore the magic of the early Christian necropolis that oversees the mortal remains of the Apostle Peter.
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You'll start at
Largo del Colonnato, 1
Largo del Colonnato, 1, 00193 Roma RM, ItalyThe meeting point is, facing the Basilica, under the right side colonnade in the middle, in correspondence of the Police hurdle. Our staff with a blue jacket with the VoxMundi logo will wait for you. Meeting point map link: http://www.voxmundi.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/vox-meeting-point.jpg
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  • 1
    Vatican Necropolis
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 3
    St. Peter's Square
    Stop: 3 minutes -
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  • 4
    Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 5
    La Pieta
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 6
    Porta Santa
    Stop: 2 minutes -
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  • 7
    Cupola di San Pietro
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 8
    Monument to Alexander VII
    Stop: 3 minutes -
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  • 9
    Tomba di Giovanni Paolo II
    Stop: 3 minutes -
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  • 10
    Vaticano Egyptian Obelisk
    Stop: 3 minutes -
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You'll end at
St. Peter's Basilica
Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican CityAtrium
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Highlights
  • Beat the Vatican crowds with reserved entry to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Discover the Vatican Necropolis, an intriguing sight that many visitors miss
  • See a tomb that's said to house the relics of St. Peter the Apostle
  • Learn about sculptor Bernini as you admire his bronze baldachin in the basilica
What to Expect
Meet your guide in St. Peter's Square and then enter St. Peter's Basilica via a reserved entranceway to dodge the crowds that linger in the main entry line. Once inside the church, you'll head underground past the grottoes to the central nave, home of the Vatican Necropolis. Hear the history behind this Roman graveyard from your guide as you walk around both pagan and Christian burial sites, and discover the secrets of this lesser-seen Vatican sight. After passing the tomb of St. Peter the Apostle, you'll ascend the stairs to the ornate basilica, a church elaborately decorated with marble and mosaic, in contrast to the necropolis below. Follow your guide around the crowds to discover the showpiece sights with ease and learn about the Chapel of Confession, the tomb of St. John Paul II, and masterpieces such as Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's baldachin. Your Vatican Necropolis and basilica tour then ends inside the church.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Largo del Colonnato, 1, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Inclusions
  • Headsets
  • Vatican official guides
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Necropolis
Exclusions
  • Guided or audio-guided tour of the Cupola (Dome)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Cupola di San Pietro
  • Entry/Admission - Museo del Tesoro della Basilica di San Pietro
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Clothing MUST be suitable for the HOLY place: PLEASE BE AWARE you NEED long trousers for men and skirts under your knees or trousers for women. Shoulders ALWAYS covered for everyone. GUESTS THAT DO NOT RESPECT THE DRESS CODE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE NECROPOLIS.
  • Please note that bulky items (suitcases, bulky envelopes, bags of any size etc.) and photographic equipment are not permitted. Please arrive at the designated meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time and present your voucher to the coordinator/guide. It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure point on time.
  • Minimum age is 15 years
  • During the visit of the underground burial visitors may be affected by the altered environmental conditions of temperature and humidity. Those who have special physical problems, subject to increase under these conditions, including claustrophobia, are advised not to access the visit.
  • Emergency phone number for the customer: +39 34 84852 868
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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I went with my aunt on this tour and we loved it. Paolo was an excellent guide and was very informative. This is something I would recommend to a friend for sure!
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Response from elio e, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Peter's Tomb: Exclusive Visit of the Basilica & Its Necropolis
Responded 5 days ago
Dear Guest, thank you for the positive review from all of our staff. Hope this will help other guest to enjoy the Basilica of St. Peter and our excluvive experiences. Thank you
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Truly one of the best tours I have experienced anywhere in the world. The guide was SO knowledgeable about the Necropolis and ancient Roman culture- she had an in depth answer for everything! Without a tour, St Peters Basilica is still beautiful but with a knowledgeable guide
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Response from elio e, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Peter's Tomb: Exclusive Visit of the Basilica & Its Necropolis
Responded 8 Dec 2019
Dear Guest, thank you for the positive review from all of our staff. Hope this will help other guest to enjoy the Basilica of St. Peter and our excluvive experiences. Thank you
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This was absolutely the highlight of my visit to the Vatican. It was profoundly moving to stand mere feet away from St. Peter's bones, and to know that beneath the grand enormity of the modern Basilica, you can find its quiet, humble roots. Giada was an incredible guide. Truly
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Response from elio e, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Peter's Tomb: Exclusive Visit of the Basilica & Its Necropolis
Responded 6 Nov 2019
Dear Sarah, thank you for the positive review from all of our staff. Hope this will help other guest to enjoy the Basilica of St. Peter and our excluvive experiences. Thank you
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Absolutely outstanding tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate. Highly recommend this tour and this guide to others.
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Response from elio e, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Peter's Tomb: Exclusive Visit of the Basilica & Its Necropolis
Responded 9 Oct 2019
Dear Guest, thank you for the positive review from all of our staff. Hope this will help other guest to enjoy the Basilica of St. Peter and our excluvive experiences. Thank you
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Excellent tour. Small group made it very easy to learn about the history. Guide was extremely knowledgeable.
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Response from elio e, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Peter's Tomb: Exclusive Visit of the Basilica & Its Necropolis
Responded 9 Oct 2019
Dear William, thank you for the positive review from all of our staff. Hope this will help other guest to enjoy the Basilica of St. Peter and our excluvive experiences. Thank you
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By: Vox Mundi
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Maria S
10
Fantastic private back entry into St. Peter's!
The tour group was easy to find. Guides were helpful and efficient. You walk right past the 1000's of people in
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Green_Juice_and_Cake
142
Wonderful experience
I went with my aunt on this tour and we loved it. Paolo was an excellent guide and was very informative. This is
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L315GOkevinc
50
Low-key way to visit St. Peter's Cathedral
Using our phones as audio guides was a convenient, affordable option for touring St. Peter's. The app was a little
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Fieldtravels
Irvine, California
16258
Worth It!
This tour is definitely worth it. You skip the line and the information the guide provided was very interesting. I
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zacnineeight
Cambridge, United Kingdom
30
Amazing tour
Daniela was fantastic. Very engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable which is exactly what you look for in a tour
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Q9717FDcarlosr
Barcelona, Spain
41
Good choice for family with teenagers
While we know that this tour is free it was the right desicion to pay to skip the line and we would totally do it
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Robyn L
73
Gorgeous Basilica
I have never seen anything like this church. I am not Catholic, but the sheer beauty of this basilica literally
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Johnulla
10
Vatican Museums
Francesco was a delight: humorous, knowledgeable, and adaptable to our needs and tastes. Go for him!
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97maggiej
10
Maggie
I was pleased with the speed at which I obtained entry and with the assistance downloading the information.
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regina_gross
Filderstadt, Germany
10
Book Maria for the most romantic proposal ever
The awesome tour guide Maria made the proposal perfect. She organized the most beautiful spot in the Petersdom and
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Paradise399111
20
St Peters
Our guide was the best. Beatrice is an art major and it always good to have someone who is passionate about the
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LLiksma
20
no waiting time
no waiting time , really skip the line , it saved the time what you need to spend standing in line - of course if
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curvep
Maidstone, United Kingdom
51
Seamless Skip the Line Visit
Vox Mundi tour operators were very welcoming and we were inside the Basilica in no time. The app was very useful
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DiegoPinasco
Atlanta, Georgia
40
READ! There is no such thing as dedicated access!
The access to the Basilica is free and you have to stand in line with everyone else. This service is a hoax!!!
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598madelynm
10
MUST book tour, the best way to explore St Peters Basilica!
Truly one of the best tours I have experienced anywhere in the world. The guide was SO knowledgeable about the
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