The Scavi Tour that goes through the excavations below Saint Peter’s Basilica is one of the most exclusive tours in all of Rome. Only 250 people are allowed through each day – compare that to the 30,000 that visit the Vatican Museums!
Traveling to Rome?
Your tour will be in a small group with a maximum of about 12 people and last around 90 minutes. The grand finale is a visit to the actual tomb of Saint Peter, where, by peering around a corner, you will see the bones of the Prince of the Apostles.
Reservations should be made well in advance of your visit to Rome, in fact, it should be the first thing you do!
The process is quite simple, however, it’s best to list a range of dates that you can visit and stay flexible.
How to request tickets to the Scavi
To request tickets, email the Scavi office. In your email, please provide:
- The exact number of participants;
- The name of each participant;
- Your preferred language;
- All possible dates you are available – spell out the month: 01 January 2016;
- Provide an email address for the main contact.
If your request is granted, you’ll be required to pay by credit card within 10 days. The Scavi office will send a link to pay online.
Important to note
A visit to the Scavi below Saint Peter’s Basilica not only takes you into a very sacred place, but also a highly secure area. As such, there are rules.
Only ages 15 and up are allowed.
Appropriate dress is required. No shorts. No short skirts. Shoulders covered. Even in the summer heat, don’t risk it.
No large bags. Normal sized backpacks and purses will go through security screening, but are allowed – usually.
You should bring your Passport in case they check ID. It’s never happened for me, but it’s better to be safe.
You should arrive 10-15 minutes early. No exceptions.
Once inside, no photos are allowed.
It is warm and cramped in the Scavi. If you are claustrophobic, well, you should visit anyway. Just know it might be a bit uncomfortable.
Tickets for the Scavi can sell out many months in advance. If you are unable to get tickets, and you are flexible, you can show up the day you want to go and ask if there are any cancellations.
Also watch for groups. Groups pay way in advance and often have cancellations. If the group leader is nice, you may be able to join. Whenever I have more tickets than I need I give them away in Saint Peter’s Square or on Twitter. It happens. Stay positive.
Tickets are €13. Price includes your guide.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (due to the Papal Audience)
Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Scavi is closed on Sundays, and the following Vatican holidays in 2016
January: Closed on the 1st and 6th. Opens at 1:00 p.m. on the 30th.
February: Closed on the 11th. Opens at 1:00 p.m. on the 6th, 20th, and 22nd.
March: Closed on the 13th, 19th, 24th – 29th. Opens at 1:00 p.m. on the 12th.
April: Closed on the 23rd. Opens at 1:00 p.m. on the 9th and 30th.
May: Closed on the 1st, 5th, and 26. Opens at 1:00 p.m. on the 14th.
June: Closed on the 2nd and 29th. Opens at 1:00 p.m. on the 3rd and 30th.
August: Closed on the 14th, 15th, and 16th.
September: Opens at 1:00 p.m. on the 3rd and 10th.
October: Opens at 1:00 p.m. on the 1st.
November: Closed on the 1st and 2nd. Opens at 1:00 p.m. on the 12th.
December: Closed on the 8th, 24th – 27th, and 31st.