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Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour

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Roma, Italy
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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.
  • 3-hour tour of the Catacombs of St Sebastian from Rome
  • Walk along the ancient Roman road Via Appia
  • Visit the Basilica of St Sebastian
  • Go underground to take in the the catacombs
  • Learn about the ancient Christian burial chambers and their importance as a pilgrimage site
  • See the Aqueducts and the Appian Way
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 13 people allows for a more personalized experience
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Small-group tour (maximum of 13)
Professional guide
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

Piazza della Repubblica, 10, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to the predetermined departure point in central Rome where you meet your guide. Step aboard the climate-controlled coach and head to the catacombs, which are located underneath the Basilica of St. Sebastian.

Your guide explains the significance of the church façade, then takes you inside to see the tomb of St Sebastian. Next, descend to the catacombs, the first burial site of the Appian Way. As you look around, your guide shares informative commentary about the catacombs, such as the legend that they once held the bodies of the apostles St Peter and St Paul.

Continue along the Via Appia to the tomb of Cecilia Metella, which dates to the first century BC and was made to honor the daughter of the Roman Consul. It later became a castle for the Caetani family, an aristocratic family with close ties to the papacy.

Head to the magnificent Aqueduct Park to take in the largest aqueducts of the Roman Empire. Gaze over aqueduct arches that stretch over miles and see one that supplies water to this day.

Your tour ends with return to the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, which is located in the Piazza della Repubblica.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Piazza della Repubblica
Meet your guide and group near the Repubblica Metro station in central Rome. From there, board the awaiting air-conditioned coach and depart for the catacombs.
Stop At:  
Catacombe San Sebastiano
Drive into the Roman countryside, stopping en route at the Basilica of St. Sebastian. According to legend, the basilica’s catacombs once held the bodies of the apostles of St. Peter and St. Paul during the persecutions. The guide will give you an introduction to the church façade before taking you inside to see the tomb and sculpture of Saint Sebastian. Descend to the catacombs, the 1st burial site of the Appian Way to see where the bodies were buried in five levels of the 'loculi' and niches.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Via Appia Antica
Continue along the Via Appia, looking for the marks of chariot wheels from the Roman Republic
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella
Arrive at the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, built in the 1st century BC to honor the daughter of the Roman Consul, Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus. Learn how it later became a castle for the Caetani family, a princely family with close ties to the papacy.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parco degli Acquedotti
Next, see the largest aqueducts of the Roman Empire at the magnificent Aqueduct Park. See an aqueduct that still supplies water to this day, and gaze at the aqueduct arches as they stretch over miles.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 13 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mea ToursEvents S.r.l.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour.

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  • "This tour does involve walking over uneven surfaces and up and down some narrow stairs." See review

Reviews

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Catacombs and Appian Way Tour
LorrieJ47
, Dec 2019
Good tour of the Appian Way, Roman aqueducts and the St. Sebastian Catacombs. We walked part of the Appian Way to the St. Sebastian Catacombs. This tour does involve walking over uneven surfaces and up and down some narrow stairs.
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Catacombs and Appian Way
kjstazzone
, Dec 2019
Our tour guide was Serena of Mea Tous. She was very welcoming and knowledgeable. Very happy with the tour.
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Catacombs Review
Lillian H
, Oct 2019
It was difficult to understand our guide inside the Catacombs at times. The guide that took us around town was good. It would have been nice to be able be to take pictures of a couple of things we drove by
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Interesting
Sightsee66503495794
, Apr 2019
Our guide provided such interesting information on Ancient Rome - enjoyed this tour more than I expected to
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Loved this tour.
poedfa1
, Sep 2018
Really enjoyed this tour. Our young female tour leader was extremely knowledgeable and very nice and friendly. Seeing the ancient aquanauts outside of Rome was very interesting and the catacombs were really cool to see and also cool cause it was hot outside. Seeing the old Appian Way road makes you wish they could build highways that well today.
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Terrible tour guide at catacombs
poedfa1
, Sep 2018
Tour guide RAN thru catacombs. 5 people left behind not knowing which way to go because we couldn't get down steps fast enough. NO time to look at things and definitely no time for pictures.
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star-5
Great tour! Thank you. This a...
Anu S
, Jul 2018
Great tour! Thank you. This a comfortable tour, very educational, and our kids loved learning more about the aquaducts.
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Not worth it
Lou P
, Jul 2018
Only 6 people, nice small group. Pleasant guide. Nothing to really get excited about seeing on this tour. But the vehicle that took the English group was a minivan that had a row of rear facing seats, so 3 people were always looking out the back and could never see what the guide mentioned “on your right” or “on your left” The vehicle that took the non-English group had a van with all normal seats.
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No show
, Jun 2018
This tour was cancelled at the last minute leaving us without time to make another plan. I was very disappointed. While the had been sent an email 24 hours in advance, I don't normally check my email on vacation. The morning that we stood and waited for our tour leader, we called all of the numbers that we were provided. None of the phone numbers worked. This was the one tour that my husband wanted to do in Rome.
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star-5
Serena was great and knowledgeable...
Aimee B
, Apr 2018
Serena was great and knowledgeable! The catacombs tour was really neat, but more walking than hearing about the catacombs. Aquaducts park was a great park and up close experience with the aquaducts.
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