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Whether it's a longing for a deeper sense of Rome's past, a chance to explore the underground tunnels of the city, or just morbid curiosity, exploring these subterranean burial sites is a must do, so here are our top five sites to see.
Christian martyrs Marcellinus and Peter are buried here, which is where the tomb receives its name. With a wonderful history and impressive art work, it's a perfect stop to make.
This is the most popular of all the catacombs, where you'll find the burial sites of many martyrs and 16 popes, not to mention early Christian frescoes.
The only catacombs still to contain bones, these are also some of the oldest, largest and most impressive. Included here, as well, is a 2nd century fresco of the last supper.
Featuring incredible architecture and with a fantastic history, it is well worth taking a tour to this catacomb.
The greatest draw to this catacomb is one of the earliest images of the bearded Christ. This tomb also originally held the relics of Saints Felix and Adauctus.
Some of the catacombs are closed on certain days of the week, so be sure to check in advance that the site you wish to visit is open!
A great many of the most important catacombes are located on the Via Appia, and it's very easy to access by foot or the hop on, hop off Archeobus service.
- When to visitOpening hours vary, please check times of individual catacombs you wish to visit.
- What is the price?Ticket prices vary by location.
- Will I need a guide?Some entrance fees include a guided tour, please see individual catacomb listings.
- How to get thereWalk along the Via Appia, or take the hop on, hop off bus!
- Additional tips** Varied hours mean advanced planning is key!*
What People Are Saying About Catacombs of Rome
This is a fantastic tour. Very informative, stunning scenery, beautiful historic monuments and of course, the aqueducts. Our guide, Frederick was awesome; always looking out for our safety and making sure we were enjoying the tour to the max. He took our group photos and was helpful in many other ways. Great job! The e-assist bikes are great to help keep even the least experienced cyclist up with the rest of the group. Hills are no problem and they are a lot of fun as well. There is so much to see and none of it is rushed. Every minute is enjoyable. We were very lucky to have a brilliantly sunny day with temps around 12 degrees. Beautiful weather in December for a family from Canada. I have nothing but praise for this company. From the mechanics who got our bikes ready for us to the people in reception who welcomed us. Everything is top notch! Highly recommended.
Well organised tour, back to the early days of christiannitty. Amazing stories, told by our passioned guide Karina, in a modern and fun way. She really made historie come to life.
I had a lovely morning on this guided trip..all of it was fascinating.. the guide was excellent and very helpful and friendly..would recommend!
We showed up to Rome, and realized it was a bad idea to go without a tour. We found out that there are only three tour groups that give access to the papal final resting place, and so we jumped to get tickets for two days later. It was pouring on the day we went, so we were very happy to move relatively quickly into the Vatican museums. The Vatican museums are expansive, and there is no way to get to see everything you want to see as a group. We focused on the sources of inspiration for the Sistine Chapel in the museum itself. The Papal tombs (NOT the crypts, this is an important distinction - we only got to tour part of the papal tombs, and fairly quickly) were very interesting, and St. Peter's Basilica was wonderful, especially being a Jubilee year. The tour is fast moving, focused on general public interest for the locations, but is a great way to get in quickly and see the main sights. We were happy for the value paid.
Even though, at the last minute, the Vatican closed early. We were able, with our guide's perseverance, to see the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.