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The Best Scavi Tour Vatican 2024

$ 56$ 45,28
105 minutes
Expert guide
Private group

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About Scavi Tour Vatican

This Scavi Tour of the Vatican takes you underneath St. Peter’s Basilica, where the tombs of many popes are located. You can touch the walls of the basilica, which date back to the 4th century, and see its beautiful frescoes.


This Scavi Tour Vatican takes you underneath St. Peter’s Basilica, where the tombs of many popes are located. You can touch the walls of the Basilica, which date back to the 4th century and see its beautiful frescoes.


St. Peter’s Tomb is located right under the main altar of the Basilica. Above it rises the Canopy of Saint Peter, a great work from the Baroque era, and the dome of Michelangelo.


You will have an expert tour guide by your side, specially trained to take you underground. He will tell you all there is to know and you can ask him any questions you may have.


The Vatican Scavi Tour also includes access to the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. We suggest using the convenient elevator to save your energy for taking photos and enjoying the panoramic views of Vatican City and Rome!

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Amazing guided tour of Vatican Underground!

I really enjoyed going beneath St Peter's Basilica and seeing the tomb of St Peter, it was really beautiful! The guide was really nice and talkative, and because we were in a small group, we had time to talk to him about the Vatican Necropolis and the popes that were buried there. Highly recommend booking this tour!


Exclusive access to papal tombs

This was such a great experience! I got these tickets because you get to see the Vatican Grottoes, which are not available with a standard Saint Peter's Basilica tour. It was really helpful to have a guide there with us because he explained everything we were looking at and told us about all the history that took place here. The last place we visited was the dome and we saw the whole St Peter's Square from up there. This tour included a lift up to the dome, which was super convenient!



Scavi Tour Vatican


The Vatican Grottoes extend three meters under the floor of St. Peter’s Basilica. They are comprised of a series of vaults built in the 16th century in order to support the floor of the building. Special permission is issued to be able to visit the area and only about 250 visitors are allowed each day. So. don’t miss your chance. Book this tour of the Vatican Underground now!


Most popes choose the Vatican Grottoes as their final resting place. John Paul II, Pius XI and Pius XII were buried here, as well as important historical figures such as Queen Charlotte of Cyprus and Queen Christina of Sweden. Your expert guide will also lead you to Saint Peter’s burial site, which was dug in front of the Circus where Christians were persecuted during Emperor Nero's reign and was discovered in the 20th century.


St. Peter’s Basilica is known for its beautiful mosaics, golden ceilings and Renaissance and Neoclassical artworks. The original Basilica was built in the 4th century and the current one, built in the 17th century, still uses original foundational elements, which are about 1,700 years old! Its dome is the tallest one in the world. It is so tall the whole Statue of Liberty could fit inside of the church. You will see its beautiful mosaics before going to the top balcony to enjoy the remarkable view. From there, you can spot many iconic landmarks like the Colosseum and the building that inspired it, the Pantheon.

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Vatican Underground Scavi Tour

St. Peter's Tomb

Saint Peter was one of Jesus’s apostles and the first Pope. He was buried on Vatican Hill in the first century and the original Basilica was built over the burial site by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century. His tomb is located underneath the main altar of the current Basilica, built in the 17th century. There is a small piece of plaster with engraved Greek letters that were interpreted as “Peter is here” or “Peter in peace”. His burial site was discovered during the famous archaeological explorations in the 1940s.

This is only a small part of everything you will hear from your guide. If you would like to know more, reserve your spot now!

Good to know before you go

  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, but please dress respectfully. This means your knees and shoulders should be covered with long sleeves and pants.
  • You can choose to go in a small group or on a private tour.
  • You don’t have to print your ticket. Instead, just show the voucher on your phone.
  • Because only about 250 visitors are allowed to visit the Basilica’s underground area each day, tickets for this tour are selling fast, so book yours in advance!
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Meeting point

Meet your tour guide at the address Largo del Colonnato 5, by the first columns of the Colonnade. Look for a yellow label with the Touriks logo on it. Do not go through the metal detectors before meeting the guide.

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FAQ – Scavi Tour Vatican

What's so special about the Scavi Tour Vatican?

Visits to the area underneath St. Peter’s Basilica are only possible with special permission issued every so often by the Fabbrica di San Pietro and they only allow about 250 people to enter each day, which makes this tour a very special one.

What other attractions are included in this Vatican Underground Tour?

On this tour, you will visit Vatican Grottoes, as well as St. Peter’s Square and Basilica and go all the way to the top of the Basilica’s dome, where you can enjoy an amazing view of the Vatican and Rome and see many famous landmarks like the Colosseum and the Pantheon.

Can I cancel the Scavi Tour?

Free cancellation with a full refund is possible up to 24 hours before the selected time.

What else can I see in the Vatican and Rome?

Don’t miss going on the Vatican Museums Tour to explore a beautiful complex of countless rooms and galleries that house some of the most important works of art in the world, such as those by Raphael. The great thing about this tour is that it includes the Sistine Chapel, where you will see Michelangelo’s famous The Creation of Adam. It also allows you to skip the ticket line, saving you lots of time. If you’re looking for a more private and personalized experience, book our Vatican Private Tour, which gives you your own personal guide and takes you to all the top attractions. If you wish to discover more of Rome, we recommend buying the Rome City Pass!

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