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  • Admission: €8 - 14 per adult


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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Best 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 $74.28

Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

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Travel along Rome’s ancient Appian Way and explore its ancient aqueducts, Catacombs and countryside on this 3-hour tour. Escape the city’s hustle and bustle ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.21

Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Countryside Electric Bike Tour

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Explore rural Italy and discover ancient Roman ruins on this 6-hour Appian Way, catacombs and Roman countryside electric bike tour. Cycle the ancient Appian ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.04

Rome Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Crypts and Catacombs plus Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour

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Discover Rome’s ghostly sights and hidden delights with this Super Saver that combines two quirky tours at one discounted price. In the afternoon, set off on a ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

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Explore the highlights of early Christian Rome on this 3-hour coach and walking tour. With an expert guide, visit the magnificent Basilica of Santa Maria ...  Read more

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

From USD $53.82

Private Tour: Rome’s Jewish Catacombs

Delve beneath street level for a look at Rome's mysterious underground catacombs. On this 1.5-hour private tour, discover the Vigna Randanini catacombs, one of ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $37.68

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