Catacombs of Rome

Explore this ancient burial site comprising dozens of catacombs and miles of passageways beneath the streets of Rome.

Catacombs of Rome: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel & Transfers

1. Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel & 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 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 Basilica of San Martino ai Monti. Dating back to the 4th century, this church is located near the edge of the Parco del Colle Oppio. Admire the stunning frescoes by artists such as Pietro Testa, Matteo Riccione, and Giannangiolo Canini that adorn the church walls, and see the Chapel of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. Finally, visit the Capuchin Crypt. 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." Your guide will tell you the theories, but ultimately you will decide on the meaning of the crypt’s robed skeletons and vertebrae chandeliers. Open your eyes to the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.

Rome: Official Guided Tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus

2. Rome: Official Guided Tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus

Uncover the secrets of ancient Rome, hidden in its underground cemeteries. Join a guided tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, excavated by the Christians between the 3rd and 5th centuries. Learn about the mysterious origins of this site and its rediscovery in the modern era. Enter the crypt of the 3rd-century Popes, where 5 of the 9 tombstones of Rome's bishops who were buried here are still preserved. Then admire a slab of marble where some famous verses of Pope Damasus were engraved. Next, cross a narrow arch and enter the crypt where St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, was first buried. Be inspired by her history while contemplating the crypt's decorative frescoes and a copy of the statue made by Maderno, depicting the martyr's body when a reconnaissance was made in 1599. From the crypt of Santa Cecilia, continue your tour through the oldest part of the catacomb. Admire its majestic galleries and the beautiful cubicles of "sacraments". Finally, walk through the maze of tunnels dug in peacetime, trying to find your way out. Along the way, see various archaeological finds of funeral furniture before coming up to see the sunlight again.

Rome: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

3. 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.

Catacombs of Rome: Bus Tour with Capuchin Crypt

4. Catacombs of Rome: Bus Tour with Capuchin Crypt

Discover Rome's Catacombs on a guided tour to the Capuchin Museum and the Capuchin Crypt which is known as the Bone Chapel. Hear about the macabre side of the city as your guide shares fun facts and chilling history with you on this tour.  Beneath the sunbaked streets of Rome lie cool, shadowed spaces that hide layer upon layer of history. Beat the heat with air-conditioned travel and access directly down into three different, but equally fascinating archaeological finds. Admire 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.  Explore tombs carved out of the solid rock and uncover the fascinating history of this sacred spot. Visit the Bone Chapel where Capuchin monks laid to rest nearly 4,000 of their brothers in this somber space in intricate floor-to-ceiling designs. Listen as your guide shares theories about the meaning of the crypt’s robed skeletons and vertebrae chandeliers. Open your eyes to the city’s hidden side and change how you see the city of Rome. 

Rome: Catacombs Entry Ticket & Guided Tour with Transfer

5. Rome: Catacombs Entry Ticket & 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.

Rome: Catacombs and Crypts Tour with Roman Aqueducts

6. Rome: Catacombs and Crypts Tour with Roman Aqueducts

Escape the crowds of the Colosseum and Vatican, and explore the darker side of Rome on a guided tour of the ancient catacombs and crypts. Venture to parts of the city that few visitors ever see, traveling between sites by air-conditioned minibus. First, follow your guide to 3 memorable sites, each revealing the extraordinary secrets of Ancient Rome. They include the labyrinthine Roman Catacombs that were part burial ground and part refuge for the persecuted early Christians of Ancient Rome. Then, visit the Capuchin Crypt, known locally as the “Bone Chapel,” and marvel at the walls, decorated with the bones more than 4,000 monks. To finish out the day in style, visit perhaps one of the most spectacular sites in all of Rome - the Roman Aqueducts. Enjoy time to explore and understand this monumental landmark from a stunning vantage point.

Catacombs St. Callisto Guided Tour by Ebike

7. Catacombs St. Callisto Guided Tour by Ebike

Embark on an electric bike tour in the morning or afternoon along the Appian Way to the St. Callisto Catacombs and a natural spring in the scenic countryside. Take an adventure outside of Rome by cycling alongside the city walls. Hop on an e-bike and cycle along a traffic-free path through parks, farmland, and along the ancient Appian Way. Arrive at the church of Rome's first official burial site, a labyrinth of underground rooms connected by tunnels used to bury their dead in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd centuries. See the road the Romans built almost 2,300 years ago as if it was yesterday. In places, there are still the original stones paving the top, pagan tombs, and remnants from medieval structures. Cycle through the history of this magnificent area left untouched by the development of the modern city. Later, pass a natural spring where water is coming out of the ground for a taste of local life. Drink from the source, and try some local delicacies available from the snack shop which also has a selection of local wines and bottled drinks (cost not included). On the way back to the start, cycle through a public park called the Cafarella Valley.

Rome: Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

8. Rome: Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 3-hour or 5-hour electric bike tour. Your guide will be waiting for you at Lungotevere delle Armi 44, where this wonderful adventure will begin. Your route is Via Appia Antica (Appian Way), one of the most important access roads of the city of the Roman Empire. You can follow your guide through imposing aqueducts, including landmarks such as the Catacombs of San Callisto, and will also cross the Regional Park of Appia Antica. You have the option to take a 3-hour tour by electric or manual bicycle, or can instead opt to choose the 5-hour tour which includes the option to visit the Aqueducts Park or the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

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

9. Rome: Ancient Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs E-Bike Tour

Hop aboard a comfortable bike on this guided electric mountain bike tour along the Appian Way. Admire remarkable sights like the 2,300-year-old Ancient Appian Way roads, Roman aqueducts, Christian catacombs, and the defensive Aurelian Walls. Start with a short ride to the Ancient Appian Way. Pass ancient tombs and the ruins of an imperial palace. Along the way, your guide will point out the beauty of the Roman countryside, the engineering genius of the ancient Romans, and the early Christian history which shaped the world.  Discover how the Appian Way, aqueducts, catacombs, and Aurelian Walls played an important role in Rome's rise, golden age, and decline. Take a break from riding to head underground to the catacombs of S. Callisto, or S. Sebastiano, and uncover the haunting history within on a guided tour.  Continuing by bike, pass mausoleums, tombstones, and villas. Stop at the Park of the Aqueducts, where stretches of colossal arches stand out against the afternoon sky. Explore Rome's urban texture at the Caffarella Valley and enjoy a surprise before riding back to the starting point.

Rome: Guided Underground Tour

10. Rome: Guided Underground Tour

Find the concealed side of the ancient city of Rome on a guided tour of the Catacombs. Descend into the Navona Underground and explore the former circus in all its glory. Look at unpublished photographs of the Stadium of Domitan and examine discovered artifacts from the days of the Roman empire. Begin in Venice Square, next to Town hall and step into a VIP minibus ready to transport you to the Catacombs. Learn of this second century response to the land shortage for burial sites. Snake through the extensive network of tunnels, once a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome. Enter Navona Underground by descending 5 meters below street level to explore it in all of its dimensions. Receive details about the travertine blocks, brickwork, and marble columns of the main entrances, away from the towering monuments of the above ground city. Travel back in time and look at a selection of unpublished photos, 3D reconstructions, videos, and informative panels that tell the story of the Stadium of Domitian. Learn about the development of the site into its current piazza, as well as the evolution of ancient Roman sports. Access many artifacts found during archaeological excavations like fragments of sculptures and a torso made from Pentelic marble from the quarries of Penteli. Finish the day at Venice Square to explore the upper grounds.

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A very interesting and varied tour. Length was just right - we had an 11 year old and a 9 year old with us. Lovely to visit the aqueducts - a beautiful location and nice to be within nature and away from the city. The Catacombs were unique and definitely something to remember.

We had Marle Robinson as our guide and she was amazing, the extent of her knowledge was fantastic. She has opened up our minds with her explanations and stories of the past. This is a must not miss tour, but you must ask for Marle!

The hop on hop off bus is a must you learn so much about the history but also the location of sites can be used as transportation as it stops at major sites

Had a blast. Glenn was an awesome guide. Got to see a lot more than we expected and the biking was fun.

Guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Was a really interesting experience, one not to be missed