00120 Città del Vaticano, Roma RM
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The Vatican NecropolisAs tourists gaze up at Michelangelo’s dome in St. Peter’s Basilica, many have no idea that one of Vatican City's most compelling historic sites is directly beneath their feet: the Vatican Necropolis, also known as the scavi (excavations). This multilevel subterranean area tells the story of Vatican Hill's ancient Roman suburban beginnings. Take a walk through a 1st-century C.E. necropolis (once a cemetery and mausoleum), 5th-century Christian burial area, the Vatican grottoes, and the original 4th-century church foundation walls.