Thursday, October 31, 2013

Alice Travels: To the Vatican City and the Necropolis

My Italian friend, Guido, brought the Necropolis to my attention and I’m thankful for his recommendation. He punched a link into my iPhone and asked me to check it out. I took action the moment I could and was thrilled beyond words when the Ufficio Scavi (Excavations Office) confirmed my written request to visit the Tomb of Saint Peter and the Necropolis under the Vatican Basilica!

Special permission must be granted by the “Fabbrica di San Pietro” and visits are organized according to the schedule set by the Ufficio Scavi. If you’re interested, you can find out more about it here (Italian | English). I’m super excited to be permitted to enter the historical and archaeological site, and to be so close to the tomb of the Apostle Peter! *squuuueeee*

Fancy a virtual tour of the Necropolis under the Vatican Basilica? Click here.

Earlier I was planning to visit the Necropolis the same day that I booked the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica guided tour, but since that is not possible, I must make another trip to the Vatican City. I don’t mind one bit. I must be careful to observe the appropriate dress code when at the Holy Site. No cameras and large bags are allowed in the necropolis, and that’s OK by me because I want to soak in the atmosphere and be present.

For the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica guided tour, it follows an itinerary which includes the Pio Clementino Museum, Upper Galleries, the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. I bought the online voucher directly with the Vatican Museums for €37 which includes admission tickets. A word of caution here: I almost bought the tour with another ticketing agent for €50 and when I dig deeper, they charge extra for administrative charges, so I saved €13! I can now spend the money on pranzo (lunch) or gelato.

Have you been to the Vatican City? Please share your experience!
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