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Catacomb of St. Callixtus and Appian Way: Guided Tour

1. Catacomb of St. Callixtus and Appian Way: Guided Tour

Traveling by bus and on foot, this 3-hour guided tour takes you beyond the city walls of Rome, through the ancient tunnels of the city’s catacombs. You will travel along the rustic Appian Way, and under the arches of the aqueducts of antiquity. Constructed nearly 2,000 years ago as the burial chambers for early Christians, the catacombs reveal burial niches, mosaics, and sarcophagi, as well as ancient religious drawings While in San Callisto, explore the Crypt of the Popes, and view some of the very earliest Christian art. As Christianity became more popular in Rome, it became necessary to find a system for the burial of large of numbers of people, the majority of whom lacked money to pay for elaborate tombs and mausoleums. The solution was found in the friable tufa rock around the city. From the 2nd through to the 5th-Centuries, 60 catacomb complexes were dug, each occupying several layers, and 2 of which were designated for Jews. Out of the total number of catacombs, 5 of the Christian complexes regularly open to the public, giving you a unique perspective on Ancient Rome, in an environment that you will never see in the city center.

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Citavecchia: Catacombs of San Sebastiano and Callisto Tour

2. Citavecchia: Catacombs of San Sebastiano and Callisto Tour

Meet your guide and start the 50-minute drive outside of Rome to the tombs underneath Civitavecchia. Visit the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, the oldest Christian cemetery in Rome. Walk through the miles of underground passageways that make up this sacred site. Stand in the cavernous underground chambers where early Christians congregated. Hear about the burial practices of early Christians, and see religious symbols carved into the walls. Next, visit the Catacombs of San Callisto, the largest and most significant early Christian burial site in Rome. Travel back in time to the 2nd century and see the resting place of 10 martyrs, 16 popes, and hundreds of early Christians who died for their faith. Learn about the persecution of Christianity under the Romans as you walk through the underground labyrinth. Contemplate the faith of early believers in Christianity as you make your way through this somber resting place. Afterward, relax in the beautiful garden outside before returning to the port of Civitavecchia.

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Rome: Catacombs and Christian Roots Half-Day Tour

3. Rome: Catacombs and Christian Roots Half-Day Tour

Travel back in time on a half-day tour that explores the origins of Christianity in Rome. Following a pick-up from your hotel, your English-speaking driver will take you to Esquiline Hill, one of Rome’s legendary 7 hills. Go inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to discover some of its sacred treasures. Continue to the Holy Staircase and Lateran Palace, before looking inside the spectacular Basilica of San Giovanni. Next, travel along the ancient Appian Way, passing the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis en route to the Catacombs. Tour the Catacombs of S.Callisto, Santa Domitilla, or San Sebastiano depending on seasonal conditions. Explore the underground cemeteries and hiding places of the early Christians, before ending with a spectacular view of the Baths of Caracalla.

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What people are saying about Catacombs of Saint Sebastian

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 542 reviews

The impressive catacombs; the guide a 10, he made it very enjoyable. I recommend the experience. Of course, do not go very long in advance (especially if the weather is bad) because there is nothing there but a coffee and sandwich machine and a small shop.

The guide was well informed and passionate about his subject. The catacombs are impressive and one sees enough to realize how hopelessly lost one would be without a guide - we were also happy to be out of the rain1

Because we were late, we send an email and contacted the team of the Catacombs and they were able to wait for us. Very kind and interesting for me this visit. Very well received Thank you

short, sweet, and very interesting. don't buy a more expensive tour! this one is great

Very interesting experience, suitable for all ages. Our guide was very knowledgeable.