Scavi Tour - Pinpointing Entry Location

Aug 2nd, 2012, 01:51 PM
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Walter - our first [and so far only Scavi tour] was in 2010, and I have no recollection of seeing any boxes like the ones you show. they certainly look rather more impressive than the tupperware.
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Oct 20th, 2012, 01:34 PM
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Reporting back:

We did the Scavi tour this afternoon. We didn't take in any bags in since we did the Borghese Gallery in the morning, So they just wanded us -- I had my iphone with me and that was not a problem. Also, I stopped by earlier in the week after our Pritine Sisitine Tour with Walks of Italy to check in with the Swiss Guard and verify the location. he looked at my purse and said it was too big. It was a purse/messager bag but I didn't think it was huge - so I was surprised he said anything about it after Denisea reported back that people had backpacks.

You go through a portable trailer for security located on the outside of the basilica on the left. There was no one in line for the security so it only took a minute, then you went to the Swiss guards at the gate and waited until they let you in. I had to show my reservations twice to the Swiss Guard and the Scavi Office, Neither asked for ID.

Humidity: It was humid, I was sweating, which I typically don't do-- but I also was on some medications I normally don't take which could have been a factor. One woman on the tour was having a particularly hard time with the humidity. I had a bottle of water with me which was allowed. The tour guide said they keep it at 95 to 97 % humidity in some of the rooms.

The tour ended at the Grotto and from there we were able to enter the basilica without having to wait in he Basicalla line.

Nice experience- glad we did it and I would do it again if only to skip the Basilica line. The tour lasted a little bit over an hour.

Footware: Some people were wearing sandals inculiding the guide so I don't think footwear is an issue.

Thanks for all the info every one!
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Oct 20th, 2012, 02:40 PM
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On 4 visits, 3 were by the rules but on 1 people were allowed in with backpacks and cameras and some were even taking pictures?

Also I'd like to tag this thread here for anyone that's interested.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...or-fiction.cfm OR http://tinyurl.com/petermuzzy4
Regards, Walter
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Oct 20th, 2012, 04:11 PM
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Believe me, I was surprised to see 3 backpacks on our tour, average size, but not full. I had a tiny purse!
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