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Roman Catacombs

Catacombs are ancient underground cemeteries; the catacombs here in Rome were mainly used by Christians (and occasionally Jews) from the 2nd to the 5th centuries AD. At the time underground burial was popular due to the high price of land, and for the sense of community it gave. For persecuted Christians in pre-Christian Rome, underground burial meant they were free to worship their Biblical martyrs and prophets, and to display Biblical iconography (a big no-no in the Roman era).

Because burial within Rome's walls was forbidden by law, all of the city's catacombs are located on the outskirts of modern Rome, typically along major roadways (two ancient catacombs, for example, are located along the Appian Way).

Practical Info

There are five major catacombs in Rome that are open to visitors. St Sebastian and St Callixtus catacombs are both on the Appian Way (via Appia Antica). The catacombs of St Agnes are on Via Nomentana, those of Priscilla are on via Salaria, and the catacombs of Domitilla are on via delle Sette Chiese.

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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour

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Discover Rome's hidden delights and quirky sites on a 3.5-hour walking tour of the underground catacombs, Capuchin Crypt and the Basilica of San Clemente. The ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.71

Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 261 Reviews

Journey along Rome's ancient Appian Way to take a guided walking tour through the Catacombs. You'll travel by coach to the southern edge of ancient Rome and ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.15

Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Countryside Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 156 Reviews

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience Rome as not many do! On a small-group Roman countryside bike tour of the ancient Appian Way and ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.94

Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

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Tour Rome's sacred Christian sites on an afternoon guided tour. You'll visit the famous Basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore and Saint John in Lateran, and travel ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.60
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