Guided tour

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

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

From US$ 10.64 per person

Discover the immense underground cemetery excavated by the Christians of Rome from the 3rd to the 5th century AD. Learn about the tragic persecution of Christians by Roman emperors with a guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 40 minutes
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English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Contemplate the crypt of the Popes and the crypt of St. Cecilia
  • Marvel at the oldest Christian frescoes discovered in Rome
  • Explore the labyrinth of narrow galleries
Full description

First, listen to the history of the catacombs: from their origin to decline, and their rediscovery in the modern era. Learn how they were dug and administrated.

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.

Includes
  • Entry fee
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

You can reach the Catacombs with public transportation from Termini (bus 714) and from the Colosseum (bus 118) Please arrive 5 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • You will climb 50 irregular steps to reach the floor of the galleries. There is no elevator.
  • GetYourGuide customers can benefit from discounts at the Catacombs bookshop from 5% to 10% based on the product (with a minimum purchase of 10€)
  • The tour might not start during bad weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 449 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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I don't see any reason why you should pick any other overpriced tour over this one. It's affordable and well done, covering the basics about the catacombs and their history, which is exactly what we wanted. This isn't an "you absolutely can't miss this when you visit Rome" experience, but it's off the beaten path and interesting.

November 11, 2021

Awesome place and suitable for all ages. Very friendly guide. Only downside: access with the 118 bus. You have to take a good margin of maneuver in terms of timing because few buses on the line and the stops are quite complicated to understand (illegible sign and no information in the bus)

November 2, 2021

Amazing peek into human history and well worth the trek outside the gates of Rome! It’s a two fold experience in that you get to travel along the Appian Way, the worlds first and oldest “super highway”, to reach the Catacombs. It’s also cool inside so it’s a great respite from the heat!

September 27, 2021

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