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  • Address: Italy
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - noon and 2pm - 5pm
  • Admission: €8 - 14 per adult

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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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Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour, Rome, null
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Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 381 Reviews

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 to ...  Read more

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

From USD $45.02
Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour, Rome, Walking Tours
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Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour

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Discover a secret world beneath the streets of Rome on this 3-hour small-group tour of the Catacombs of St. Sebastian. Travel along the Appian Way, one of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.67
Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Countryside Electric Bike Tour, Rome, Half-day Tours
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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 $91.10
Christian Rome Afternoon Tour, Rome, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 161 Reviews

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 $54.66
Exclusive Catacombs After Closing and Bone Chapel Tour, Rome, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Exclusive Catacombs After Closing and Bone Chapel Tour

This world-first walking tour takes you into the Catacombs after dark, introducing you to one of Rome’s most important cities of the dead. You’ll also get to ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.17
Guided Bike Tour of the Appian Way and Aqueducts Park, Rome, Archaeology Tours
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Guided Bike Tour of the Appian Way and Aqueducts Park

Explore the ancient Appian Way by bike, and pedal along cobbles laid by the Romans many millennia ago. As you follow a guide, you’ll learn about the history ...  Read more

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

From USD $117.90
Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour, Rome, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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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 $73.96
Rome Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Crypts and Catacombs plus Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour, Rome, ... 
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Rome Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Crypts and Catacombs plus Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

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.)

From USD $90.03
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Rome in One Day: Colosseum and Catacombs Tour with Skip the line, Rome, Super Savers
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Rome in One Day: Colosseum and Catacombs Tour with Skip the line

Learn the stories behind the grand monuments of Rome, discover the Colosseum, the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill and finally the mysterious Catacombs

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

From USD $139.34
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1098 Reviews

Enjoy a morning or afternoon of Vatican splendor on a 2-hours skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $68.60

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