The Vatican Grottoes are a vast crypt beneath St. Peter’s Basilica. It is a very large complex, but only a small part of it is open to general public.
Many, but not all Popes, are buried in this graveyard. Tombs of the deceased rest today near the first Pope, the Apostle Peter. His tomb can be seen only by booking directly through the Vatican Scavi Office.
Pilgrims come here from all over the world mainly to pay their respect to the tomb of Pope John Paul II. His simple white grave, guarded by surveillance and decorated with fresh flowers, stands out from the lavish baroque tombs of his predecessors.