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Necropolis and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

Product ID: 99114
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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
Duration 2.5 hours
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • 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.
Includes
  • Reserved entrance
  • Entrance ticket for the Necropolis
  • Headsets
  • Official Vatican guides (both for the Necropolis and St. Peter's Basilica)
What’s Not Included
  • Guided or audio guide tour of the Cupola (Dome)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Optional activity costs
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The meeting point is located – as you face the Basilica – on the right-hand side of the square, outside the colonnade, outside the Vatican Post Office. Look for staff wearing a blue jacket with the local supplier's logo. They will be waiting for you 15 minutes before the scheduled tour time and will accompany you through a dedicated gate to enter St. Peter's Basilica.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Cameras
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Selfie sticks
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 91 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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Product ID: 99114