Visits to the Tomb of Saint Peter and the Necropolis
Special visits to the necropolis underneath the Basilica, where the tomb of
St. Peter is located, are only possible following special permission granted
from time to time by the “Fabbrica di San Pietro”. Visits are organized
according to the schedule set by the Excavations Office.
We kindly inform all visitors to the necropolis that environmental conditions will be different underground, with possible increase of temperature and humidity. Those who suffer specific and serious physical problems that could be effected by these conditions, including claustrophobia, should not visit.
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Requests, if possible, should be sent directly by the interested visitor/s. If the person submitting the request is not the actual visitor, he or she should send the visitor(s) name(s) and e-mail address(es). This will allow the Excavations Office to replay back to the person requesting the visit and to the visitor with specific information about the visit granted.
Those leading groups (universities, parishes, cultural associations, agencies, and other groups) should send a complete list of names of the participants and the name of their organization.
There are no set deadlines for submitting requests. All requests, even urgent ones, will be fulfilled depending on the places left available at the closest date to the one requested.
Requests may be submitted in written form by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax +39 06 69873017, or by visiting the Excavations Office in person (using the south [left] entrance, just outside of the Colonnade).
It is absolutely necessary to provide the following information:
1. Exact number of participants;
The cost of the individual ticket, including the contribution for the Guide, is 12,00 Euros(approximately $ 15.50 USD)
[From January 1, 2013: The cost of the individual ticket is 13,00 Euros(approximately $ 16.50 USD)].
No reductions in price will be given for any reason.
REGULATIONS DURING VISITS:
Arrive at the Excavations Office at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the visit.
Clothing should be appropriate for a sacred place: long trousers/slacks/jeans for men; dresses that reach below the knees or long trousers/slacks/jeans for women; shoulders must be covered for all.
Entrance to the Excavations Office is only through the gates located on the Via Paolo VI (outside of the Colonnade, just to the south [left], near the entrance to the General Audience Hall.) Upon arrival, present the Swiss Guards with your letter of confirmation received from the Office which indicates the scheduled time of your visit.
Depositing prohibited items:
The following objects are absolutely prohibited during the visit:
These [and similar] objects must be deposited before reaching the Office.
A DEPOSIT area free of charge for these objects is available to the right of the fašade of the Basilica at ground floor level of the Basilica's premises passed the security check areas. We are glad to provide this service and the objects deposited are supervised by our staff.
Anyone who does not observe these regulations will not be allowed to participate in the visit.
The last visit always begins at 3:30 p.m. (4:15p.m. from April through September).
Closed: Sundays and Vatican Holydays
On the following dates the Excavations will be closed during
August 14 -16 (Assumption)
January 1 and 6 (Epiphany)
Fabbrica di San Pietro
Tel.: + 39 06 69 885 318