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The Best Scavi Tour Vatican 2024

Vatican Dome & Crypt Tour

€ 49€ 44,10
105 minutes
Live tour guide

About Scavi Tour Vatican

Discover a hidden world beneath the iconic St. Peter's Basilica by joining the Vatican Scavi Tour! Explore the sacred papal tombs, ascend to the majestic dome, and savor an unforgettable view of the Vatican and Rome from above. Your expert guide will lead you through the entire tour, providing insights into the Renaissance era, the artworks you'll encounter, and the underground crypts.


Scavi Tour Vatican

Explore the Vatican crypts and climb up to the top of St. Peter's Basilica to enjoy stunning views of the Vatican and Rome by going on this Vatican Scavi tour.

Start your journey in St. Peter’s Square and reach the dome's first level. Take in the beautiful mosaics of saints, Latin scripts on the dome, and Bernini’s canopy below. While being there, your guide will share interesting facts about the dome's history and the Renaissance artists involved.

After that, climb the spiral staircase to the dome's top for free time to explore. Pass by windows with views of the Vatican rooftops. After 320 steps, you'll reach the viewing platform 448 feet above the basilica floor. Take a moment and soak in the breathtaking panoramic views of the city, including the Vatican Gardens and ancient Rome's landmarks like the Colosseum and the Pantheon.

Finish your tour by descending to the underground crypts to see where popes and royalty have been buried since the 11th century.

  • Guided tour
  • Entry fees to the top of the Dome by elevator
  • Headsets, so you can always hear your guide
X not included
  • Tips (optional)
  • Entry to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Necropolis
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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Largo del Colonnato 5, by the first columns of the Colonnade. Look for a yellow label with the Touriks logo on it. The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter's square. Do not go through the metal detectors before meeting the guide.

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Easy booking process & free cancellation!


Explore the final resting place of popes, including the tomb of St. Peter. Learn about the rituals and traditions associated with papal burials.


Ascend to new heights as you climb to the top of St. Peter's dome, treating yourself to panoramic views of the Vatican City and Rome's skyline - an experience that will leave you breathless in more ways than one.


Learn about the significance of the Holy Door, which is opened once every 25 years exclusively for Catholic pilgrims to walk through.

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FAQ – Scavi Tour Vatican

What is the Scavi tour of the Vatican?

The Scavi tour, also known as the Vatican Necropolis, takes you to the ancient Necropolis beneath St. Peter's Basilica. This tour features both pagan and Christian burials, including the remains of a complex of mausoleums, as well as the papal tombs and tomb of St. Peter.

How long does the Scavi tour take?

The Scavi Tour usually lasts 1.5 hours. During that time, you will have an opportunity to explore the entire Vatican Necropolis - the ancient underground cemetery that houses St Peter's tomb.

Why is it called the Scavi tour?

When you look up information about the Vatican Necropolis on the internet, you will frequently encounter the term "Scavi," which simply means excavation in Italian.

Is there a dress code to visit Basilica?

Please note that modest clothing is required to enter the Basilica ( shoulders & knees should be covered).

What other landmarks can I visit in the Vatican?

Besides going on a Scavi tour, visiting St. Peter's Basilica, and exploring the burial sites of popes, you should also take a Vatican Museums Tour or book Vatican Museums Entrance Ticket. Experience the beauty of Raphael's Room and the iconic Gallery of Maps. However, if you want to explore the underground of the famous Colosseum during your stay in Rome, you can do so by booking the Colosseum Underground Tour.
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Good to know before you go

  • Please note that all visitors must pass through security.
  • The dome’s elevator takes you only to the first terrace. To climb to the top of the dome, you will have to use the stairs (320 steps).
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users and those who suffer from heart or other serious medical conditions.

The tour was so good we forgot about the time!

Our guide impressed us with his deep knowledge and attention to every detail. During the tour, we saw many significant artworks inside the basilica, climbed the stairs to the summit, and enjoyed panoramic views of the Vatican City from the top. The entire tour lasted three hours, which we didn't even notice because the tour was incredible! 🙂


Amazing tour guide!

We had an amazing time exploring St. Peter's Basilica and taking on the Dome Climb! The Basilica is beyond breathtaking, and the Dome climb was an unforgettable adventure. There's a wealth of information that only an expert like Paula can provide, adding a whole new layer of understanding to the experience. Paula was the highlight of the tour - incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and considerate. She presented information clearly and even added a touch of humor. Out of all the tours we did in Italy, this one was our absolute favorite. Grazie mille, Paula!


Book your Dome & Vatican Underground Tour Now!

Explore St. Peter's Basilica, its majestic dome, and the hidden Papal tombs!

  • Small group or private tours are available
  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance

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