Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Alice Travels: Necropolis and Tomb of Saint Peter

Last month, I wrote about visiting the Tomb of Saint Peter and the Necropolis under the Vatican Basilica. TODAY, I made my way to the Ufficio Scavi at the Vatican City and completed the tour. This is my second time I was at the Vatican City; the first being last week on November 14 for another tour (the Vatican Museums including Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter's Basilica). More about the latter later!

In the necropolis tour, there were two other American couples (they're very friendly and I'm happy to be bumping into Americans once again, because I sure missed working with them). There was also a pair of sisters but I didn't know where they were from. Together, we went underground and had the time of our lives. Cameras weren't allowed INSIDE the necropolis, so I will not have any pictures to show you in this post today; however, you could see the virtual tour here.

Outside the Ufficio Scavi waiting for our tour to begin. We brought the email printout of our bookings, and paid Euro 13 for the ticket. We waited for quite a bit because there were seven others who supposedly were to join the tour but didn't turn up.

The nearest Metro station (subway) is Ottaviano. From here, I took a 10 to 15 minutes walk to the Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter's Square).

To my RIGHT... This snapshot was taken AFTER my scavi (archeological) tour. The situation was the same before my tour started. The message here is buy your ENTRANCE TICKETS ONLINE, and save hours without having to queue. I did everything online and get to see others queue like this. Aha! Now, to my left...

To my LEFT... Yes, the super long queue went all the way to the road. Even during the so-called non-peak season like November.

And finally, when I was out, I stalked a pigeon nearby. I literally followed the bird for a good one minute until I got this "leave trail"...

NOTE: 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).  

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

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