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No Wait Dedicated Access: Vatican Necropolis and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

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From US$70.40
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
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No Wait Dedicated Access: Vatican Necropolis and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour
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No Wait Dedicated Access: Vatican Necropolis and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour
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Overview
Put an underground twist on your visit to St. Peter's Basilica and see the Vatican Necropolis, a sight that standard tour groups don't often see. After entering the church via a fast-track entrance, you'll head below ground to the Roman necropolis, which is believed to be the resting place of St. Peter the Apostle. You'll also visit the main basilica to get the lowdown on Michaelangelo's Pietà and more.
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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brilliant Tour

Probably the best guided tour I have been on. The tour guide was brilliant and very informative. You should take this tour if you are visiting Rome.

1  Thank PJoe353
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile
Necropolis and basilica

Actually grown up family trip but that isn’t an option! At the time we visited the queue for Basilica was hours. So definitely worth paying to get in. The tour guide was pleasant and we got to go back at the end to look around...More

Thank tjaneh
Reviewed 25 March 2018
Worth the time and money!

Awesome tour - Debra was an excellent guide! People have said that it is hot & humid and stairs are difficult but we did not find this to be true. Plan ahead and book this first to make sure you get one of the limited...More

Thank JoanieB53
Reviewed 8 February 2018
Highly recommend

I highly recommend this tour. Not many people in the world get to experience this. You start off at the highlighted meeting point and then fly through security, before being handed to the guide from the Vatican. Our guide was very knowledgeable and could speak...More

1  Thank Steven B
Reviewed 20 February 2018
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