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

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

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Booked 14 times yesterday

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.

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Duration 30 minutes
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English, French, German, Polish, Spanish, Italian

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
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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.

Includes
  • Catacombs of St Callixtus entry fee
  • Tour guide
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users

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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
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4.6 /5

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The catacombs are well worth a visit. Maybe a slightly longer tour would give an appreciation of how large an area is covered by tunnels. Now you stay reasonably close to the centre, probably so no one gets lost. The catacombs are not easy to reach as the terrain is outside Rome centre and not very accessible by bus (the 'official' route had been changed which led to visitors standing at the wrong stop).

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October 11, 2022

This was a nice tour. I really found it fascinating. The guide was good and knowledgeable. My only wish is that the English speaking tour guides would speak slower. with the Italian accent and speaking so quickly it is hard to understand everything. Others around me agreed. it's hard when you come from another country for your ear to pick up the accent and slower speaking would help with that. Overall, I would still recommend this tour.

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September 29, 2022

A very interesting excursion into the underworld of Rome. The corridors and catacombs are truly amazing. Our guide was very competent and spoke German very well. The entire facility is well worth seeing. It's a bit out of the center, which made getting there by public transport a bit cumbersome. Along the Via Appia Antica there are other interesting ruins and buildings to see, which can be combined with a visit to the catacombs. This is another reason why a trip to the outskirts of Rome is worthwhile.

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September 24, 2022

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