Browsing Tag

Scavi Tour

City Views, Europe

Pictures of Rome, Capri and Sorrento, Italy

March 14, 2010 • By

Rome | The Eternal City

What can you say about the Eternal City? It was all that we had dreamed and hoped for and more! I can’t help but compare our great country to others whenever I visit abroad. It seems that we do not value history as much as others do. We tend to want to tear down rather than lift up old buildings once they’ve reached their ‘prime’. I appreciate their propensity to value what’s been passed down along to them.

We got to visit so many places in Rome…..the Piazza Navona….a shopper’s haven, the Vatican (where we enjoyed the historic Scavi Tour), St. Peter’s Square, The tomb of the unknown soldier, the Coliseum, & the Trevi fountain, among others. We decided to take a day trip to Naples, Capri and Sorrento. We only got to pass through Naples on the way to Capri via motorboat to see the world famous Blue Grotto. Capri and Sorrento (known for its delicately in-laid furniture) were spectacular. I had never seen water so blue, so crystal clear in all of my life. I could definitely get used to living there.READ MORE

Europe, Travel Advice, Trip Reports

Exploring the Excavations of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican

August 25, 2009 • By

The Scavi Tour

If you are planning a trip to Rome, the usual must-sees are the Trevi fountain, the Pantheon, the Coliseum, Spanish Steps and the Vatican.

But did you know that there exists a necropolis beneath the Vatican that you can tour during your visit there?  This historical archaeological burial site houses and preserves the original grave of St. Peter and is located below St. Peter’s Basilica.

It was rediscovered in 1939 by workers digging a burial tomb for the deceased Pope Pius XI.  This is a tomb in the truest sense of the word with uneven footing, dim lighting and tight spaces being the hallmark of the venue.


Me, standing pretty much dead center of St. Peter’s Square