Catacombs, intriguing and somehow disturbing underground burial places, are Via Appia Antica main attractions. Catacombs of Domitilla are the largest and among the most impressive, with 15 kilometers of underground chambers and passages and a complete subterranean basilica. More than 80 painted tombs and a 2nd century AD fresco of The Last Supper survive in its galleries.
The Catacombs of San Callisto fills an area of 300 by 400 meters, with intricate multi-layered networks of passages and chambers carved into the soft tufa. In addition to the tombs, St. Calixtus has six sacramental chapels, constructed between 290 and 310 AD, with both pagan and early Christian wall paintings. In the Papal Crypt are the tombs of most of the martyred Popes of the 3rd century identified by greek inscriptions.
St. Sebastiano, one of Rome’s seven pilgrimage churches, was built in the 4th century on the site of old cemeteries and catacombs that can be explored along with the foundations of a Constantinian basilica. Tomb chambers are on several levels with fine paintings, stucco decoration, and inscriptions dating to the 1st century.
You will discover the Appian Way, the most important road of the Roman Empire.
You will jump right into the secret Rome, exploring mysterious underground tunnels and chapels.
You will learn history and martyrdom of earliest christians.
Fully narrated tour.
Our advice is to visit just 2 catacombs out of 3 (Domitilla + St. Sebastian or Domitilla + St. Callistus or St. Sebastian + St. Callistus).
Approximate duration 2 hours.
No-wait access entrance. Skip the line ticket is included in the price of the tour.
A great guide, informative and friendly, speaking the language of your choice.
The tour is private and can run anytime you want, you also decide the composition of the group.
Children could be excited but also frightened by dark tunnels, bones and skulls. You better show them some pictures in advance to evaluate their reaction.
People with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair should avoid this tour, due to stairs, uneven surfaces and steep climbs.