Necropolis and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

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Necropolis and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

From US$ 69.98 per person

Take part in a mystical cultural experience during a special visit to the Vatican Necropolis and St Peter's Basilica. Take advantage of reserved entrance to visit the Necropolis.

About this activity

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Small group
Limited to 12 participants
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Duration: 2.5 hours
Starting time 11:30 AM
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  • Enjoy reserved entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Make the ultimate pilgrimage to the Tomb of St. Peter
  • Discover a Roman burial site beneath the Vatican Grottoes
Full description
Enter in St. Peter through the reserved entrance, enjoy an exclusive tour of the Vatican City (the smallest state in the world) and access the Vatican Necropolis, located beneath St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Grottoes. Discover a Roman cemetery next to Nero’s Circus, and see graves dating back to the 1st and 4th centuries. Experience the revered sites from the early Christian civilization, and make the pilgrimage of all pilgrimages to the tomb of the apostle Peter, known as the first "pope" of Christianity. Enter St. Peter's Basilica and marvel at the main temple of Christianity as you step across the threshold and are greeted by the grandeur of the interior. Look at masterpieces of religious art, including Michelangelo's "La Pieta,” the Altar of the Confession, where the pope celebrates mass, and Bernini's stunning bronze canopy of the Baldachin. Be dazzled by the rich ornamentations of marble, bas-reliefs, sculptures, mosaics and gilded stucco work throughout the cathedral.
  • Reserved entrance
  • Entrance ticket for the Necropolis
  • Headsets
  • Official Vatican guides (both for the Necropolis and St. Peter's Basilica)
  • Guided or audio guide tour of the Cupola (Dome)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Optional activity costs
Not suitable for
  • Children under 15 years
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 Special information
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet at the end of the left colonnade of the Basilica, near the metal detectors located at the intersection of Via Paolo VI and Piazza del Sant’Uffizio. The staff of the local operator will be waiting for you wearing a blue jacket with the Vox Mundi logo printed on it.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Cameras
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Selfie sticks
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • During the visit of the underground burial site, visitors may be affected by the altered environmental conditions of temperature and humidity. Those with special physical problems likely to increase under these conditions, including claustrophobia, are advised not to take part
  • You must be at least 15 years old to participate
  • Clothing must be suitable for the holy place: men must wear long trousers and women must wear skirts/trousers below the knee. Shoulders must always be covered. If you do not respect the dress code, you may not be allowed entrance inside the Necropolis
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 96 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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The tour was excellent EXCEPT for the directions on where to meet the guide. PLEASE rethink & revise them. Even Swiss Guards could not advise us on reading them. We finally located the mobile post office & waited there. Wrong post office!! I have seen the Scavi before so I knew where to go to enter. The Guards allowed us through. The staff in the office denied any help/advice. After much discussion, it was clear that we were just not going to walk away. One man had a change of heart and made a phone call & suddenly a young man from Get Your Guide came & took us to our guide. If I had not had a clear remembrance of the location of the Scavi entrance, we would missed the tour and lost our $200. Please save others such a bad experience & rewrite/revise your directions. we are 3 smart people who couldn't get it right with the help of Swiss Guards.

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November 3, 2019

Great way to visit St. Peter's Basilica

We had a wonderful tour of the Basilica including a special entry tour of the mysterious Necropolis with our guide. She provided lots of information and kept it interesting. Our only snag was getting to the tour. First, make sure you leave extra time to find the start point. If taking a taxi they must drop you about a few blocks away and that only gets you to the edge of the barricades. The directions that we were given we specific but inaccurate. We asked several people including police officers where to find the landmark location and they kept sending us to the opposite side of the Basilica. Finally, a wonderful person redirected us but we had to run and made it as the group was going through security. We were not the only ones lost. The tour group was not the same name in Italian and the guides were not wearing what was stated in our instructions. After we found the group the tour went smoothly. It's a fascinating structure both inside and outside.

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October 14, 2019

Guide was sincere and knowledgeable

This tour was excellent. Our guide gave us so much information and also gave us time in silence near the remains of St Peter. I feel very grateful to have been on this tour. The only downside for us is that it went a little long so we had to leave a few minutes early to meet the rest of group. I would leave more time for this tour. It was well worth the time and ticket fee.

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August 27, 2019

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