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Catacombs of Rome

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Rome: Crypts and Catacombs Underground Tour with Transfers

1. Rome: Crypts and Catacombs Underground Tour with Transfers

Discover Rome's hidden layers of history beneath its streets. Travel by an air-conditioned coach and use skip-the-line access directly into three fascinating archaeological finds. Visit the Capuchin Crypt on an audio guide tour. Capuchin monks used the bones of their nearly 4,000 brothers to intricately decorate the floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of "the Bone Chapel". From here you’ll be driven on a comfortable coach to the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this network of secret tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs made of solid rock, your local expert guide will describe the intriguing history of this sacred spot. Next, travel to the Basilica San Nicola in Carcere, where you'll explore its ruins, descend beneath the altar, and unearth atmospheric remains of ancient temples hidden beneath the church. The historic Forum Holitorium, an ancient market surrounded by Republican-era temples, lies concealed beneath the basilica, adding layers to the city's rich history. Open your eyes to the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.

Rome: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

2. Rome: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

Uncover the secrets hidden the dark depths of the the Domitilla catacombs on this guided tour in Rome. Enjoy the convenience of a transfer from a centrally-located meeting point in the city. Learn about early Christian history and see the underground Basilica of Nereus. Meet your guide in the city center and head towards the Appian Way in a comfortable minivan. Reach one of the largest and oldest catacombs of Rome and venture 52 feet (16 meters) below the surface into the otherworldly crypts of Domitilla. Explore its endless maze of underground burial chambers, spread across 4 levels. Be captivated by ancient wall paintings of mythological and biblical figures and discover the religious symbolism of the frescoes. Learn about the shift from paganism to Christianity and hear about early martyrs and persecutions. Live the excitement of gradually exploring different layers of history. Complete your underworld experience in the 4th-century subterranean Basilica of Nereus and Achilleus. Then jump back in the minivan return to the city center.

Rome: Catacombs Guided Tour with Transfer

3. Rome: Catacombs Guided Tour with Transfer

Embark on a fascinating underground tour of the Catacombs, taking you into the unusual history of Rome. Head far below its busy streets and towering monuments to the concealed side of this ancient city. Follow along as your expert guide tells reveals little-known mysteries of Rome's darker side. Begin your tour at one of the most spectacular centrally located squares in Rome, Venice Square, next to the Townhall. Hop on a panoramic bus and head to the Catacombs, following a roundtrip panoramic route. Begin your underground tour and explore these extensive tunnels lined with tombs carved right out of the rock, and hear the fascinating history of these sacred places. Learn about how dating almost 2,000 years to the 2nd century AD, this extensive network of underground tunnels was once a burial ground and a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome. Combine your tour with the additional option to visit the Trevi district underground. Explore the ruins and hidden passages beneath the Trevi district and the surrounding area. Combine your tour with the additional option to visit the fascinating Capuchin Museum and his crypt. Visit on your own the famous Capuchin Crypt in Via Veneto with your audioguide! Learn about the crypt and the remains of the approximately 4,000 friars to decorate the floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of "the Bone Chapel".

Rome: Catacombs and Capuchin Crypt Guided Tour with Transfer

4. Rome: Catacombs and Capuchin Crypt Guided Tour with Transfer

Uncover what lies below the surface and discover 3 of Rome's most significant archeological sites, the Capuchin Crypts, the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, and the Appian Way. Enjoy the comfort of skip-the-line entry and airconditioned transport throughout the tour. Begin your day by meeting your guide near Piazza Barberini, where this bone-chilling adventure will start. Kick off your tour with a visit to the Capuchin Crypt where your guide will introduce you to the remarkable history of what is believed to be the Capuchin Friars. Head to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus and admire the cemeteries from ground level before descending into the extensive underground catacombs. Learn about the martyrs and pontiffs laid to rest here, admire impeccably preserved paintings, and see the crypts of 3rd-century popes. On your way back to Rome, pass by the impressive Aurelian Wall and take the opportunity to set foot on the Appian Way, a vital artery during the time of the Roman Empire.

Rome: Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs Option E-Bike Tour

5. Rome: Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs Option E-Bike Tour

Indulge in all things Ancient Roman on this Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs, and Park of the Aqueducts E-bike tour. Ride through the Roman countryside, discover the engineering genius of the ancient Romans, and delve into the early Christian history that shaped the world to come. Meet your guide and leave the city through St. Sebastian's gate in the Aurelian Walls, and enter the Ancient Appian Way - a 2,400-year old thoroughfare that tells the story of Rome's rise, golden age, and decline. In the 6-hour version of the tour, make a stop underground at the Catacombs of St. Callixtus (or St. Sebastian) for a guided visit through its crypts and corridors (the 4-hour version of the tour will include an outdoor stop in the Catacombs area). Next, cycle further on the Appian Way, passing mausoleums, tombstones, and sprawling villas of ancient aristocracy. Finally, head to the Park of the Aqueducts, where stretches of colossal arches rise against the warm afternoon light. After following these aqueducts back to modern civilization, cross the green Caffarella Valley. At its exit, you will begin your short ride back to the starting point - but not without one last highlight.

Rome: Catacombs of St. Callixtus Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

6. Rome: Catacombs of St. Callixtus Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

Discover one of the largest underground burial sites in Rome with an entry ticket to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus. Explore the complex on a guided tour and learn about the martyrs, popes, and Christians buried here. Meet your guide and set out to explore the oldest official cemetery of Rome's Christian community. Hear where the complex gets its name and learn about its expansive size. Visit the Crypt of the Popes, where 9 popes and 3 bishops were laid to rest. Then, head to the adjoining room to see the Crypt of St. Cecilia, a Roman matron remembered for ensuring that many martyrs received a proper burial. Marvel at some of the oldest frescoes to decorate the walls in Rome's catacombs and visit Area I, where the cubicles of the sacraments are located. Leave your underground tour with a deeper understanding of Rome's early Christian communities and their burial traditions. 

Rome: Appian Way Sunset E-Bike Tour w/ Catacombs & Aperitif

7. Rome: Appian Way Sunset E-Bike Tour w/ Catacombs & Aperitif

Cycle through the countryside of Rome and enjoy its most well preserved landscape as the sun sets over the hills. Our bike depot near the Circus Maximum is the best place to reach the Appian Way and the countryside of Rome since its the closest point to get there without having to cycle through the city traffic. From the start of your tour you will be cycling through bike lanes and country paths, with the exception of one short section on open road with traffic. Take a guided tour with a priest from the best preserved of Romes catacombs, the Catacombs of St. Callisto (unless closed in which case we visit St. Sebastian) after just a few minutes of starting. They will take you underground to visit the site where the Christians of the first 3 centuries after Christs death met and prayed together, digging out a maze of tunnels and chambers where they buried their dead in christian doctrine. Continue to the first section of the Appian Way and see the original paving stones, huge blocks of rock cut from the ground and used to pave the Roman Empires most important road. Cycling across these blocks and along the dirt paths and trails towards the Park of the Aqueducts approximately 5 kilometers away. Cycle through this beauty of Rome as the sun sets and casts a golden color over the huge blocks of stone that were used to build the ancient worlds most extensive system of water supply: The Park of the Aqueducts. Marvel at the engineering of the ancient Romans as the sun sets over the countryside, making it all more speculator. Cycle alongside these huge structures as we make our way back towards the start, passing by the Cafarella Valley. Stop for a drink at an exclusive location nestled alongside ancient tombs in the Appia Antica Park in the Cafarella Valley before we reach our starting point and finish your experience back at the Circus Maximus.

Rome Explorer PASS with Tickets to top 45+ Attractions

8. Rome Explorer PASS with Tickets to top 45+ Attractions

Save up to 50%* on Rome experiences with Go City's Rome Explorer Pass. Choose from 2 to 7 attractions, experiences and tours from a list of over 45 popular activities. With a full 60 days validity, you can explore Rome at your own pace - there's no need to rush. Visit the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums, enjoy a pizza dinner in the Prati District, go to a classical music concert, bike ride among ancient Roman ruins, and experience the best Rome has to offer. Avoid the hassle of buying individual attraction tickets. With your pass, everything is right on your phone. Get a digital guide packed with attraction information and instructions on booking your visits. Choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 Rome and Vatican attractions or activities from the following: Cultural and Historical Sights • Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with audio tour, hosted entry, and multimedia video (R) • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - reserved entrance (R) • Castel Sant' Angelo with audio guide (R) • Capitolini Museum with hosted entry (R) • Altar of the Fatherland Panoramic View (R) • St. Peter's Basilica and Cupola Guided Tour (R) • Pantheon: Reserved Entrance with Audio Guide Other Tours and Experiences • Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off 1-Day Classic Tour • Rome Catacombs Tour including transfer (R) • Piazza Navona Underground • Rome Highlights Tour With Pantheon and Trevi Fountain (R) • Papal Audience (R) • Rome Ghost and Mystery Tour (R) • Bike rental with Caracalla Baths (R) • Ancient Via Appia Antica by Bike • The Three Tenors in Concert with Ballet - St. Paul's Church • Museo delle Cere (Wax Museum) • Welcome to Rome Show • Leonardo Da Vinci Experience • Vivaldi's Four Seasons Meets Bach's Masterpieces • Trevi District Underground: Small Aqueduct Domus (R) • Vigamus - Video Game Museum • Empresses, Emperors and Courtesans Tour (R) • Cinecittà World • Roma World • Sunset pizza tour near the Colosseum Food and Drink • Wine tasting with a certified sommelier near the Colosseum • Hard Rock Café Rome - Skip the Line • Pizza terrace dinner in the Prati District (R) • Spritz and salad menu near the Vatican • Vero Food Best Italian pancakes in Rome • Italian Pancake breakfast at Vero Food (near Vatican) • Healthy and Fresh Food Break in the City Center • 1-hour pizza cooking experience • Pasta Class (R) Reservations required. Follow the instructions on the digital guide for each attraction or tour. *Savings based on sample itineraries on Go City website.

Rome: Underground Crypts and Catacombs Guided Tour

9. Rome: Underground Crypts and Catacombs Guided Tour

This Roman catacombs tour starts in one of the most singular and spine-tingling sights in Rome, a bone chapel from as early as the 16th century. The cemetery festooned with the bones and remains of thousands of individuals is a jaw-dropping display of life and death. Although it might appear macabre, your expert guide will tell you why the early Christians in Rome actually consider the display life-affirming. After this brief introduction for your guide, it's time to enter the crypt. As the crypt is located beneath a fully functional church, you'll explore the chambers on your own to respect those worshipping and then reunite with your local guide to ask any questions. Next, it's off to the city's most interesting catacombs. The catacomb contains miles of creepy tunnels and the world’s oldest collection of bones. Your expert, guide, hand-picked for knowledge of the catacombs, will lead your small group of 18 people or fewer through these wonderfully historic and atmospheric tunnels, while telling you the story of early Christianity. Large groups simply can’t fit into these areas, so take advantage of this truly unique access. With comfortable, air-conditioned transport throughout, your only responsibility is to immerse yourself in the thrills and wonder of Rome. Our expert guides have been hand-picked for this experience based on both their knowledge and love of history. They make the perfect escorts through our eeriest and most mysterious tour.

Rome: Appian Way E-bike Tour Catacombs, Aqueducts & Lunch

10. Rome: Appian Way E-bike Tour Catacombs, Aqueducts & Lunch

Avoid having to cycle through the city by starting from our bike depot near the Circus Maximus, reaching the countryside within minutes. Once outside the city walls having exited through the ancient Roman Gate of St Sebastain, we will take you along the Via Appia Antica. Here you can see the remains of the Roman Empire buried in the countryside; cycling past pagan tombs, Roman villas and ancient race tracks. Arrive at the Catacombs in time for a multilingual tour, where a guide is waiting to take you to see this underground labyrinth of tunnels and chambers dug into the rock. Further away is the Park of the Aqueducts with the remains of 6 of Romes 11 aqueducts still standing. Arrive here for approximately midday and after a short break with panoramic views of the aqueducts and Rome's countryside, we start our return. On the way back into Rome, we will stop for a delicious lunch of fresh pasta with salad and wine at a natural spring. Sit in the shade of the eucalyptus trees for a taste of authentic Italian living. Most of the terrain is off-road and requires a certain level of ability. Participants need to be able to cycle unaided, although we have solutions for young children such as tag along and cargo bikes.

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HIGHLY RECOMMEND! We booked this tour for a rainy day, having cancelled an outdoor activity. But EVERYONE who comes to Rome should take this fantastic tour. We cannot imagine a better exploration of the “lasagna” effect of Rome’s multi-layered construction. It was amazing to descend below the beautiful church into history. Below are another church, temple, and houses. Our outstanding guide (M…) could not have been more engaging and informative. Since taking this tour we have been telling everyone (including Romans who have never been in this church) that they should take this wonderful tour. We then went by van to the catacomb of Saint Domatilla. Our guide, Chiara, is an archaeologist who has deep knowledge of the catacombs. We would never have braved the depths without her expert leadership. Frankly, we were claustrophobic and a bit afraid but we are glad we took this tour better to understand Roman history and burial traditions.

Beautiful experience despite the rain. Iman and Konrad shared a lot of interesting facts. The tour outside the city walls in the countryside is very worthwhile, as is the tour of the catacombs. Thank you for the relaxed trip with the great guides and great bikes!

The tour was very interesting and well organized. The meeting point was easy to find and the driver was so nice. I can highly recommend this, thank you again!

Tour was very good. Got to see parts of Rome that you normally wouldn't. Electric bikes made it extreally easy to complete.

Amazing! Jesus (Alan) explained eveything in a very detailed manner. Very interesting!