Necropolis of Via Triumphalis in the Vatican

The Necropolis of Via Triumphalis is one of the latest wonders found in the Vatican City.

Discovered accidentally only in 2003 during excavations works to build the new parking lot of Santa Rosa, the Vatican Necropolis of Via Triumphalis was inaugurated and open to the public only in December 2013.

The Necropolis is basically an ancient cemetery, located on the Via Triumphalis (between the Vatican and Castel Sant’Angelo) and must not be confused with the Vatican Necropolis Under St. Peter’s Basilica (known as Scavi), sometimes simply referred to as Vatican Necropolis, which we covered in another article.

How the Necropolis of Via Triumphalis Tour works

The Necropolis of Via Triumphalis can be accessed only through a guided tour led by an official guide of the Vatican Museums.

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Guided tours are offered to visitors who want to explore this subterranean world through the online official ticket office of the Vatican Museum.

The visit lasts 90 minutes and gives to visitors the chance to actually walk down the streets of the Vatican City and admire some sectors of the Vatican Gardens, normally closed to the general public.

Full price ticket for the Tour of Necropolis of Via Triumphalis is 26€, while reduced ticket is 20€; This is a shared tour, available in multiple languages.

At the end of the visit of the Necropolis, you can also access the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on your own with no additional fees.

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Attraction Overview

Visiting Hours: 8.30 am
Best Time To Visit: 8.30 am
Tickets: Needed
Accessibility: Not Accessible
Kid-friendly Attraction

How to Visit


Tickets to Necropolis of Via Triumphalis must be purchased online from the Vatican Museums Tickets Office.


– Time of the Visit is set at 8:30 am


Summertime: sneakers, sun cream and a hat;
Wintertime: sneakers, umbrella and raincoat


Visiting Hours of Necropolis of Via Triumphalis

Tours are available on Monday and Saturday at 8:30 am


Individuals who want to join a group guided tour to the Necropolis of the Via Trimphalis must book the tickets online:

Full price ticket: 26€;
Reduced ticket: 20€ (children aged between 6 and 18 years and students up to 25 years of age on presentation of a student identity card (International Student Card) on the day of the visit.)

NOTE: Tickets will allow you to enter (with no waiting in line and no additional cost) the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, which you will (if you want) visit on your own.

– In order to make the purchase on-line please have on hand the following documents: an identity document, a credit card and names of all the participants.
– After the payment is confirmed the applicant will receive an e-mail with the confirmation of the booking, the voucher containing the reservation code and tour information. The applicant is asked to print off the voucher (it is also possible to show it on a smartphone or tablet) as to present it on the day of the tour.


Wheelchair Accessibility Service:
The archaeological site is not currently accessible for strollers, wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility.

For More info about the Tour of Necropolis:
+39 06 69884676
+39 06 69883145

How to Reach


Bus Lines (Stop “Viale Vaticano”):


Bus Lines (Stop “Bastioni di Michelangelo”):


Bus Lines (Stop “Emo”):


Bus Lines (Stop “Risorgimento”):


Metro Station:

Take the “Red Metro Line” or “A Line” and stop at “Cipro” or “Ottaviano”.

Entrance to Necropolis of Via Triumphalis is through the Vatican Museums

Viale Vaticano, 00165 Rome, Italy
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Necropolis of Via Triumphalis FAQ

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