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Sample Reply from Scavi Office


Vatican City, March 25, 2004
Reference Number: 25998

Mr. ----,

I am writing in reference to your request for a reservation for 2 people to visit the excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica.

Considering the number of requests, it is important to confirm the reservation following the procedure described above.

The visit, conducted only by our authorized guides, lasts about an hour and a half. Each group consists of about 12 people who must be at least 15 years old (exception will be made for children between 11-15 years old accompanied by a parent).

Number of visitors: 2
Day of the tour: Thursday 15 April, 2004
Time of the tour: 3:00pm

Individual ticket: Euro 10,00
Total cost for 2 tickets: 20,00 Euro

Tickets are purchased at the Excavations Office. Tickets are purchased at the Excavations Office. You pay 10 minutes prior to the time of the tour.

At least 5 days before the visit it is necessary to confirm the reservations by E-Mail mailto:scavi@fsp.va ?subject=25998, SCAVI:15April, 3:00pm, 2visitors, or by Phone or by Fax. If not, the reservation will be canceled and the your places will be given to other visitors.

In case you must cancel your visit, you are kindly asked to inform the Excavations Office immediately.

Since you failed to give us your address in Rome, please advise us where you are staying in Rome (Name and phone) where we can leave further messages for you.

The Excavation Office reserves the right to modify the schedules of the visits in case that the Basilica is closed and for other reasons. If the visit cannot be rescheduled, the Excavations Office will cancel the scheduled visit and refund any payments made.

Please use the Reference Number 25998 in all future correspondence concerning this visit to the excavations. With best regards.

1. Before coming to the Excavations Office you must check-in all cumbersome belongings (back-packs, cameras, bags, etc.) the BAGGAGE DEPOSIT, located at the right side of the basilica. Custodians are there to watch your belongings, and the service is free. The visit to the excavations ends near that place

Failing to check-in your belongings, will forfeit your reservation to enter the excavations.

2. After leaving the Baggage DEPOSIT, please come to the Excavations Office. There are two ways i reach the Office: A) to the left side of the Façade of the Basilica through the Arco della Campan; B) outside the left colonnade from Via Paolo VI . It is necessary to speak with the Swiss Guard begore entering.

3. One should be dressed in a way befitting entrance to a holy place.

Ufficio Scavi
Fabbrica di San Pietro in Vaticano
Tel +39 06 698 85318
Fax +39 06 698 73017
E-Mail: scavi@fsp.va

Orario Ufficio: dalle ore 9.00 alle 17.00: tutti i giorni escluso DOMENICA e FESTIVI vaticani
Excavations Office Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Closed Sunday and Holidays
Bureau des fouilles: 9.00 - 17.00 (Ouverte tous les jours sauf le dimanche et les jours ferés)
Geöffnet: Werktags von 9.00 Uhr bis 17.00 Uhr: Geschlossen: Sonntags und an Feiertagen
Abierta desde las 9:00 a las 17:00: Cerrado los domingos y festivos



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