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The Catacombs of San Sebastiano: Guided Tour Tickets
Priscilla Catacomb: Guided Tour Tickets
Discover Rome's Catacombs & Underground
Underneath the streets of Rome you will find the mysterious catacombs and underground areas. A hidden world of passages that spread across the city that date back to ancient times to around the 2nd century AD, it is believed.
The catacombs were created primarily as burial sites due to Roman law prohibited burials within the city walls, so the underground network was created as burial sites for Christians, Jews and some pagans. The catacombs and underground network also started to act as meeting points for Christian communities to celebrate mass in secret and away from persecution.
Nowadays, the catacombs and underground networks are very popular tourist attractions pulling visitors from all over the world to see the spaces and learn a little more of the history.
Some of the most popular Catacombs and Underground areas of Rome are
- Admission to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus
- 40-minute guided tour (English, French, German, Italian & Spanish)
Probably the most famous of the Rome catacombs are the 'Catacombs of Saint Callixtus' which are located along Appian Way, where the first of the sites were discovered. Named after Pope Callixtus, the Catacombs of Saint Callixtus are amongst the most extensive catacombs in Rome.
Here you will discover were ancient Popes are buried along with hundreds of thousands of Christians, Jews and pagans. The guided tour of the Catacombs of Saint Callixtus will take you to the most intriguing areas of the catacombs where around 500,000 bodies were laid to rest. Your guide will show you the symbols that were carved into the stone and explain the meanings behind them.
- Admission to the Catacombs of Priscilla
- 45-minute guided tour ((English, Italian, Spanish)
The Catacombs of Priscilla are located on Via Salaria and were used for burials from the 3rd to the 5th century AD, it is believed. Famous for the incredible frescoes and the 'Greek Chapel', which is where the earliest known images of Madonna and Child were found. Your guide will take you around part of the Catacombs and will tell you about the known history of the Christian persecutions by the Roman Emperors and where they buried the martyrs of the time.
- Admission to the Catacombs of San Sebastiano
- 30-minute guided tour
The Catacombs of San Sebastiano are also located along Appian Way and are dedicated to Saint Sebastian who was a Christian martyr and is also buried there. These Catacombs are full of delicate frescoes celebrating the lived of Saint Sebastian and the other early Christian martyrs that are buried there with him.
The Catacombs of San Sebastiano were previously used as a quarry for pozzolana which was a type of stone that engineers of the time used to mix with mortar and concrete to strengthen it but then converted in to Catacombs to be the final resting place of the martyrs.
- Entrance to the Stadium Domitian
- A physical guide that needs to be collected at the ticket office together with the ticket
The Piazza Navona -The Stadium of Domitian is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first permanent venue for Rome's competitive athletics competitions!
Believed to have been commissioned in 80 AD by Emperor Titus, The Stadium Domitian offers an insight into history. The stadium could sit up to 20,000 spectators and was even host of a gladiator battle after a fire at the colosseum. The stadium was also sometimes referred to as the 'Circus Agonalis' and would host fights, gymnastics and running races, amongst others.
- Admission to the Capuchin Crypt
- 45-minute guided tour
- English-speaking guide
The Capuchin Crypt, located under the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini and home to thousands of skeletons of the Capuchin friars. Enjoy a guided tour and learn some of the history of this fascinating place. See the skeletons and bones used to decorate the crypt.
- Admission ticket and reservation to Trevi District Underground
- 45-minute guided tour in English or Italian
Most know the famous and beautiful Trevi Fountain but what most may not be aware of what lies beneath it! The Trevi District Underground. Discover Vicus Caprarius, the incredible archaeological site that is home to Imperial-era relics and an underground ancient building complex that you would never know existed below the beautiful Trevi Fountain!
Discover more history of the city as well as the foundations of the city with archaeological evidence including the sack of Alarico to the siege of the Goths.
Rome Catacombs & UndergroundMore Tickets
You may find some spooky, such as the Capuchin Crypt as its walls are covered with bones for decorative purposes. However others not. Most are covered in beautiful frescoes and are quite fascinating.
The Rome Catacombs were used as a burial site and also for religious meetings that weren't allowed to take place within the city walls, such as secret mass
Hundreds of thousands are buried in the Rome Catacombs including religious figures such as popes and Christian martyrs. Its not just Christians though, there are also Jews and pagans buried in the Catacombs.
Rome Catacombs are underground burial sites. They were created when it became illegal to bury bodies within the city walls