Roman Catacombs Tours

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The miles of underground cemetery that comprise the Roman Catacombs 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.
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Address: Italy
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Hours: Open daily 9am - noon and 2pm - 5pm
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Admission: €8 for adults, €5 for children 7-15, free for children 6 and below
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Exclusive Catacombs After Closing and Bone Chapel Tour

Explore the Roman Catacombs after dark on a 2.5-hour night time walking tour of the Museum and Crypt of Capuchins, or Bone Chapel, and the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla. Hear stories from the early Christian era in Rome, and enjoy a rare, crowd free experience of the historic site—you’ll be visiting when the catacombs are closed to the public. This 2.5-hour catacombs tour includes all entrance fees, and is limited to 15 people for a personalized experience.
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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a 3.5-hour walking 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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Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Aqueducts Electric-assist Bicycle Tour

To see more of Rome’s ancient sights than what you find in the historical center, get out of the city on this electric-assist bicycle tour to the Ancient Appian Way. You’ll check out the ruins of the Aurelian Walls, the thermal Baths of Caracalla and the ancient Roman aqueducts, all the while enjoying the countryside scenery without putting in too much effort. This small-group tour (limited to 10 people) comes in two variants: a shorter 4.5-hour version and a longer six-hour one. The two variants are identical in itinerary, but differ in their inclusions. For more info please check the Important info section.
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Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour

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

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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Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

Spend a morning or an afternoon at the Vatican with this 2-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter's Basilica. Get an up close and personal look at Michelangelo's masterpiece, his murals in the Sistine Chapel that changed the history of painting forever. See Raphael's cherubs. Gawk at the Gallery of Maps. Explore St. Peter's Basilica. And if you want more, upgrade to a full-day tour and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Catacombs and more. Lunch can also be included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

Experience the Roman countryside on this 3-hour tour that combines travel by vehicle and walking. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll explore the Appian Way (Via Appia Antica), an ancient road that leads out of the city. Visit the fascinating Catacombs of San Sebastiano or San Callisto, where you’ll walk through underground tunnels, and be wowed by the sophisticated engineering of the Roman aqueducts.
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Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

Explore the highlights of early Christian Rome with this exciting 3-hour afternoon walking tour via foot and coach.  Led by a knowledgeable driver-guide, get an insider's view of the Eternal City and its Christian history. Stops include the Basilica of Sant Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of St. John Lateran. And then go underground by checking out the intriguing catacombs, an early Christian burial spot just outside of the city at the Appian Way.
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Rome in One Day: Colosseum and Catacombs Tour with Skip the line

The magnificence of Rome’s archaeological sites is reflected in the large crowds and time-consuming lines that they attract. Save time and enhance your experience of the Colosseum and the Roman Catacombs on this 8-hour walking tour, which includes skip-the-line entry to both attractions and a Roman lunch. Contemplate the 2,000-year-old Colosseum, one of the New7Wonders of the World; tick off top Rome attractions on a walking tour; and descend to the subterranean cemeteries of the Roman Catacombs. Hotel pickup is included.
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Underground Rome: Catacombs, Crypts, and a Secret Sanctuary

Venture beneath the lofty churches and bustling city streets of Rome to discover the ancient mysteries of the Domitilla catacombs. Follow in the footsteps of early Christians as you explore this underground network of tunnels and burial chambers, and marvel at the macabre and astonishing art created by thousands of monks’ skeletons at the Capuchin Crypt. You’ll also discover thousands of years of spirituality at an underground Mithraic temple, a pagan sanctuary buried under the famous Basilica of St. Clement.
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Domitilla Catacombs and Rome Hop on Hop Off Tour

Immerse yourself in the ancient world on this excursion on a hop-on, hop-off bus in Rome that takes you all the way out to the Domitilla Catacombs, the largest known catacombs in Rome with 10 miles (17 kilometers) or tunnels and up to 150,000 bodies of early Christians. Relax on the bus and consider hopping off at the other stops, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus, to further explore and to engross yourself in the world of 2,000 years ago. Then, once at the catacombs, explore, using your audioguide that comes in seven different languages.
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Small-Group Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour Including Capuchin Crypt

Step into a shadowy world beneath the streets of Rome for a guided tour of the city’s crypts and catacombs. With a guide, you’ll visit the Catacombs of San Sebastiano or San Callisto, exploring subterranean tunnels and burial sites that are steeped in macabre history. Venture onward to the Capuchin Crypt with its bone-lined walls and skeletal remains, then visit the Crypt of the Three Skeletons for an intro to the myths of Ancient Rome. Numbers are limited to just eight per group for a small-group experience.
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Rome Night Catacombs Small Group Tour with Exclusive Access to Secret Rooms

Wander through the Capuchin crypt at night during this small group tour. Grab a flashlight and follow your guide through the crypt that displays the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks. Move on to the Catacombs of Priscilla, home to ancient tombs, paintings, and carvings. The tour also includes exclusive access to three restricted rooms rarely seen by the public.
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Private Tour of Underground Rome Including Crypts and Catacombs

See the darker side of Rome on this 3.5-hour private tour to the Appian Way, the Catacomb of San Callisto, and the Basilica of San Clemente. You'll also see the 'Bone Church,' where the skulls of Capuchin friars cover the walls. The tour ends at Piazza Barberini; hotel pickup is included but not drop-off.
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Underground Rome Tour

Visit the underground attractions of Rome on a 4-hour private tour. The comprehensive itinerary would be difficult to complete in one day by public transit or taxi. Instead, start from your hotel and let your private driver comfortably transport you to a number of locations. Explore each attraction independently, including the Catacombs of St. Callixtus and Capuchin Crypt. Listen as your driver explains monuments you pass along the way.
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Rome Underground Catacombs and Crypts

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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Catacombs of Rome

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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Rome Catacombs and San Clemente Underground Small-Group Tour

Visit some of Rome’s lesser known sites that reveal the fascinating history of the Eternal City on a 3-hour tour with an expert art historian guide. Go underground to explore the Catacombs of Domitilla, a 1st-century burial site with early Christian wall paintings and a 4th-century church. Take a stroll on the main road to the Roman Empire, the Ancient Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) and admire the multi-layered history of the stunning Basilica di San Clemente. Your guide shares informative commentary throughout this fascinating tour.
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Christianity in the Ancient Rome Private Tour

Explore some of the history of Christianity in Ancient Rome on this private tour to some of the city’s many churches. Learn about the time that St Peter and St Paul spent in Rome, including their imprisonment during the reign of Roman Emperor Nero; visit the Basilica of St Sabina, an early Christian landmark; and see the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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3-hour Bike Tour: Appian Way in Rome

Venture outside the city center to explore some of Rome’s lesser-known but most impressive imperial attractions on this 3-hour bike tour. Cycle along the legendary Appian Way, an ancient military road that winds through the countryside and connects Rome with the coastal city of Brindisi.
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Private Tour: Ancient Rome by Car

Customize your itinerary on a private tour of ancient Rome and set your own pace during a full day of sightseeing. Your own personal driver transports you around the city so you can skip the hassle of finding your way around. Stop to explore important landmarks such as the Colosseum, the catacombs, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and more. Entrance fees not included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Half-Day Rome Tour: Roman Catacombs, Appian Way and Cecilia Metella Mausoleum

Go beneath the surface to Rome’s Christian Catacombs on a 3-hour, private tour, and choose the burial site that interests you most. Step back into early Christian history at the sprawling catacombs of St. Domitilla, and see a 2nd-century fresco of the Last Supper. Explore the remains of the catacombs of St. Sebastian, where ruined sarcophagi and ancient arches are all that remain of the cemetery. Visit the catacombs of San Callixtus to see the burial sites of martyrs and pontiffs, and return to your hotel via the Appian Way.
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2.5-Hour Private Rome Catacombs Family Tour

Sightseeing with kids isn’t always easy, but this 2.5-hour private tour of Rome’s Catacombs is tailor-made for families. Your guide will keep the whole family entertained with quizzes, games, and interactive iPad displays as you explore St Clements’ Basilica; venture underground into the eerie Catacombs of Priscilla; and discover the secrets of underground Rome.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Roman Catacombs Walking Tour

Explore one of Rome’s most atmospheric and history-shrouded landmarks on this tour of the Catacombs of San Callisto. Located along the Appian Way, and once the resting place of several popes, martyrs, and other significant figures, the catacombs are a truly unique destination. Learn more about their history, and follow your guide to the major points of interest, on this morning tour. With round-trip bus transit from central Rome included, it’s never been simpler to discover.
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