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The Catacombs of San Domitilla

The Catacombs of San Domitilla: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

1. 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.

Rome: Catacombs & St Clement's Underground Semi-Private Tour

2. Rome: Catacombs & St Clement's Underground Semi-Private Tour

Explore 2 contrasting underground sights with an expert guide. Discover a hidden gem 14m below St. Clement’s Basilica and descend into the twisty tunnels of the Roman Catacombs. Meet your guide in front of St. Clement's Basilica and venture deep underground below its foundations into a mystical world of ancient cults and legends. Journey through several layers of history and earth, down to 14 meters below ground. Live the excitement of gradually exploring the later structures built on top of it on your way up to the surface. Go back in time down to the deepest point and discover the best-preserved Mithraic temple of the city. Touch the waters of an underground stream before going higher into the remains of the 4th Century Basilica, built on top of the martyr’s house and below the actual one. Walking along its imposing walls, you will be fascinated by the ancient frescoes while learning about the scenes and lives of the martyrs they portray. Then you will journey outside the city walls to one of the largest and most ancient catacombs, the otherworldly crypts of Domitilla. Descend 16 meters below the surface and explore the accessible part of its vast labyrinth of underground burial chambers and galleries revealing the shift of faith from paganism to Christianity.

Rome: Underground Tour

3. Rome: Underground Tour

Embark on a journey deep below the streets of Rome on a walking tour of ancient temples and dark caves. Admire the temples of various religions while walking in caves lit only by electric light. Feel the timelessness of ancient Rome as you discover interesting examples of its architecture. Wander through an underground labyrinth of corridors and the catacombs, which were used as cemeteries. Discover an unseen part of Rome lurking 20 meters below street level.

Rome: Private Underground Rome and Catacombs Tour

4. Rome: Private Underground Rome and Catacombs Tour

Discover what lies beneath the streets of Italy's capital city on this private tour. In the company of an expert guide, unearth the mysteries of Rome's subterranean spaces, from labyrinthine catacombs to hidden churches. You'll also have a private car and driver at your disposal so you can move between the sites in comfort. First, visit the spooky Catacombs of Santa Domitilla, one of the largest and oldest underground Christian cemeteries in the world. Walk through the twisting tunnels to discover hundreds of thousands of graves, as well as some of the world’s oldest Christian images and the haunting underground church of Santi Nereo ed Achilleo. In the basilica of San Clemente meanwhile, admire astonishing medieval mosaics and some of the most important paintings from the Early Renaissance.  Next, visit the Roman Houses of Saint John and Paul, which are located beneath a Christian church. Here, enjoy an incredible window into daily life in the ancient city. Discover marvelous decorations where pagan imagery and Christian frescoes coexist in harmony in this fascinating villa complex. On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, instead of the Roman Houses, visit the beautiful basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano, built right into the Temple of Romulus in the ancient Roman.

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What people are saying about The Catacombs of San Domitilla

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,514 reviews

This was a last minute addition for me and I am so glad that I did that. The transfer to the catacombs was convenient and the tour was excellent. Our guide was so knowledgeable and considerate of all the members in our group. Seeing the frescos that have been under ground for so many years was a very special event. My only wish was that it was a little longer than the one hour and that there was a few minutes built in for time in the shop, especially as no pictures were allowed I would have like to see if there were opportunities to purchase some of their pictures of this incredible site.

Our guide, Mario, is very competent, he has a perfect command of the French language and his knowledge is in-depth. He also has a lot of humor. Visiting the catacombs is stressful. By basing his presentation on spelling and linguistics, he decodes for his client interlocutors the meaning and significance of these frightening places. Cheer

Great experience. Our tour guide Paul was amazing. It felt like a private tour because it was just my son and I. Learned so much about the catacombs and Rome history in general. Very much recommended as a tour. Thank you Paul for the great experience!

Very informative tour - our guide MAX was extremely nice, provided a lot of historical information and made the tour varied and very informative! The shuttle driver drove very quickly and sometimes dangerously - almost had an accident!

It was a very interesting tour exploring early Christianity in Rome