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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