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Catacombs of Rome (Catacombe di Roma) Tours

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The miles of underground cemetery that comprise the Catacombs of Rome (Catacombe di Roma) are some of the oldest burial tunnels in the world. Located just outside the city and hidden deep underground, the catacombs were created in the second century in response to a shortage of land for deceased’s remains. Today the narrow tunnels are eerily quiet and full of Roman history, including some of the best-preserved early Christian frescoes and sculptures—and, in the bone-adorned Capuchin Crypt, a Caravaggio. Look out for ancient wall paintings and mosaics lining the walls, as well as the catacombs of St. Agnes, Domitilla, and Priscilla, home to the oldest known depiction of the Virgin Mary.

The Basics
As burial inside the Roman walls was forbidden by law, you’ll find the catacombs of Rome—of which there are at least 40—on the roads just outside of the city itself. Five are open to visitors, including St. Sebastian and St. Callixtus, both of which are located on Via Appia Antica. A trip to the catacombs is often combined with a visit to the Roman countryside and the ancient Appian Way, either on foot or by bike. Choose a tour tailored for kids and families, one focused on ghosts and mystery, or a walking tour with skip-the-line access to beat the crowds. For an exclusive after-hours experience, tour the crypt at night when it’s closed to the public. English-speaking guides explain past burial rituals and give historical context to the sights.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Due to the delicate nature of the surroundings, travelers cannot visit the catacombs independently; all visits must be part of a guided group or private tour. Admission includes a guided tour.
  • Tours and group visits can be arranged upon arrival at the most popular catacombs, but visits must be booked in advance at the less-visited areas.
  • Catacomb tours are not recommended for travelers who may get claustrophobic due to the small spaces.
  • Catacombs are holy places, so guests should dress appropriately—all should cover their shoulders and thighs. It’s best to also have a light jacket, as it can get cold underground.

How to Get to There
You’ll find the Roman Catacombs on Via Appia Antica, Via Ostiense, Via Labicana, Via Salaria, and other roads. They can be reached by public transport on various metro and bus lines. Many tours depart from Rome’s Piazza Barberini.

When to Get to There
Most of Rome’s crypts and catacombs are open year-round from 9am to noon and from 2 to 5pm, though typically they are closed on Sundays. Compared with world-famous attractions in Italy such as the Colosseum, they are less visited. Still, limited access to the catacombs makes booking in advance a good idea, especially around Easter and between May and September, when Rome swarms with travelers. The cool catacombs make for a great break from Italy’s summer heat, but the quieter months are recommended for thinner crowds.

Rome’s Strangest Sight?
Perhaps the most interesting sight in the catacombs is the Capuchin Crypt, or Bone Chapel, an area containing—and decorated with—the bones of 4,000 Capuchin friars. Crypt rooms are themed by different types of bones, from skulls to pelvis and leg bones.
Address: Italy
Hours: Open daily 9am - noon and 2pm - 5pm
Admission: €8 for adults, €5 for children 7-15, free for children 6 and below
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Rome

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Zanah
, Feb 2020
Incredible experience. Our guide, father Marcelo was the better of the tour in spanish. It really worth it
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Great!
Noelia_M
, Feb 2020
It was a very good visit. I really liked to visit the place. My recomendation is to do the visit un small grups.
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AFA
, Feb 2020
Our tour guide really was excellent! He was very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about sharing this special place.

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Guided tour of the catacombs of St. Callistus

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This is the official tour of the catacombs of San Callisto, offered by the guardian community of the sacred place. The catacombs can only be visited in groups (minimum 2, maximum 10), accompanied by one of the collaborators of the catacombs.
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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a half-day tour. Visit the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente with skip-the-line access, plus visit the Capuchin Crypt, where you’ll see a Caravaggio painting and marvel at a chapel made entirely out of human bones. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship spots during this fascinating exploration into the history of Rome.
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Small-Group or Private Crypts, Bone Chapel and Catacombs Tour

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Peel back the layers of Roman history—quite literally—with a thrilling exploration of its underground tombs and chapels. Visit Roman Catacombs, home to stunning frescoes and thousands of centuries-old bones. Learn about early Christianity from your guide while meandering the endless darkened tunnels. Next up is the Capuchin Crypt, where you find the artistically displayed bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks.
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For many visitors to Rome. The most beautiful of the catacombs is undoubtedly the main highlight. Venture deep underground to explore the incredible tunnels that were dug out by hand nearly 2,000 years ago and learn about the very beginning of Christianity. This is a side of Rome you've never seen before.
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Experience two of Rome’s most interesting attractions, which most tourists miss, on a private 3-hour tour. Go beneath the bustling city to the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano, where you can see ancient tombs and artwork. Then, follow your along cobblestone streets and under aqueducts one the Appian Way, once considered one of the most important roads in the Roman Empire
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Rome Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Crypts and Catacombs plus Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour

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Discover the dark side of Rome on this Super Saver that combines two bestselling tours into one fascinating and fearsome sightseeing experience. You’ll start with a tour to the Appian Way to visit Domitilla Catacombs, where you’ll skip the line with priority admission. Learn about burial customs in Ancient Rome, and visit the Basilica of San Clemente and the Capuchin Crypt for a look at a chapel made entirely of bones. Then explore central Rome on a night tour that introduces you to the Eternal City’s many ghosts and mysteries.
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Head beneath the Eternal City for a VIP tour of Rome’s Catacombs. Wander through an eerie network of tunnels below the city streets, once both a burial ground and worship site for Rome’s first Christians. Tours include minibus transfers from Piazza Venezia, both live commentary and an audio guide, and headsets for extra mobility.
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Christian Catacombs Tour

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Descend into Rome’s historic subterranean Catacombs with this off-the-beaten track tour focusing on Rome's early Christian traditions. You'll learn about important figures in early Christianity such as Saint Peter and Saint Paul before heading down into these exquisitely preserved burial chambers, where your guide will provide commentary and historical context.
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Go underground to explore the mysterious catacombs of Rome on this half-day guided tour. Get to know the hidden city that lies beneath the classic tourist attractions through a walking tour led by a guide, who provides insightful commentary on this side of the city. Highlights include Flavia Domitilla, the catacomb of Priscilla, and the largest underground cemetery in Rome.
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Save precious time while visiting Rome by booking a skip-the-line underground catacombs and crypts tour in advance. Discover Rome’s eerie past as you venture deep into the underground tunnels and burial sites just outside the city walls. Learn about the burial traditions of Rome’s early Christians during this fascinating trip into the history of Ancient Rome.
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Venture beneath the Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) in Rome to see the catacombs of St Sebastian with a knowledgeable guide. During this 3-hour tour, you’ll walk along one of the most historic roads of ancient Rome to discover the ancient underground cemeteries, along with the aqueducts of Appian Park. Your small-group tour is limited to no more than 13 participants in order to offer a more intimate experience. Ride in air-conditioned comfort round-trip from central Rome to the Basilica of St Sebastian.
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Catacombs of Rome (Catacombe di Roma) hours of operation: Open daily 9am - noon and 2pm - 5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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