The Vatican Scavi Tour that goes through the excavations below Saint Peter's basilica is one of the most exclusive tours of all Rome.
I have been an official guide of Vatican Scavi since 1996. You could blindfold me and I would be able to show you around with ease.
We will visit an Ancient Roman Necropolis, discovered by archeologists in 1939 and filled with the fresco-painted tombs of wealthy Roman families and an early Christian cemetery with the tomb of St. Peter's, the Apostle. This part of the tour will be with about 15 other people, though we will visit St. Peter's church on our own.
Saint Peter's basilica was built in 1506. It is the longest church in the world, filled with the most important Renaissance masterpieces like the Pietà by Michelangelo.
You can combine this tour with the Vatican Museums or Pope's audience on Wednesdays.
Tour length: 2 hours