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The 5 must-see catacombs in Rome

Whether it's a longing for a deeper sense of Rome's past, a chance to explore the underground tunnels of the city, or just morbid curiosity, exploring these subterranean burial sites is a must do, so here are our top five sites to see.

Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter

Christian martyrs Marcellinus and Peter are buried here, which is where the tomb receives its name. With a wonderful history and impressive art work, it's a perfect stop to make.

Catacombs of St. Callixtus

This is the most popular of all the catacombs, where you'll find the burial sites of many martyrs and 16 popes, not to mention early Christian frescoes.

Photo: Dennis Jarvis @Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Catacombs of St. Domitilla

The only catacombs still to contain bones, these are also some of the oldest, largest and most impressive. Included here, as well, is a 2nd century fresco of the last supper.

Photo: Darold Massaro @Flickr

Catacombs of St. Sebastian

Featuring incredible architecture and with a fantastic history, it is well worth taking a tour to this catacomb.

Catacombs of Commodilla

The greatest draw to this catacomb is one of the earliest images of the bearded Christ. This tomb also originally held the relics of Saints Felix and Adauctus.

Catacombs of Rome: Our Tips

Check opening times in advance, which vary.

Some of the catacombs are closed on certain days of the week, so be sure to check in advance that the site you wish to visit is open!

How to get there

A great many of the most important catacombes are located on the Via Appia, and it's very easy to access by foot or the hop on, hop off Archeobus service.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Opening hours vary, please check times of individual catacombs you wish to visit.
  • What is the price?
    Ticket prices vary by location.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Some entrance fees include a guided tour, please see individual catacomb listings.
  • How to get there
    Walk along the Via Appia, or take the hop on, hop off bus!
  • Additional tips
    ** Varied hours mean advanced planning is key!*

What People Are Saying About Catacombs of Rome

Amazing, surprising, educational and fun.

Well organised tour, back to the early days of christiannitty. Amazing stories, told by our passioned guide Karina, in a modern and fun way. She really made historie come to life.

Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tickets and Tour Reviewed by Bert, 11/20/2016

Very informative and enjoyable trip with a very knowledgeable guide!

I had a lovely morning on this guided trip..all of it was fascinating.. the guide was excellent and very helpful and friendly..would recommend!

Great way to skip the lines, see the papal crypt area

We showed up to Rome, and realized it was a bad idea to go without a tour. We found out that there are only three tour groups that give access to the papal final resting place, and so we jumped to get tickets for two days later. It was pouring on the day we went, so we were very happy to move relatively quickly into the Vatican museums. The Vatican museums are expansive, and there is no way to get to see everything you want to see as a group. We focused on the sources of inspiration for the Sistine Chapel in the museum itself. The Papal tombs (NOT the crypts, this is an important distinction - we only got to tour part of the papal tombs, and fairly quickly) were very interesting, and St. Peter's Basilica was wonderful, especially being a Jubilee year. The tour is fast moving, focused on general public interest for the locations, but is a great way to get in quickly and see the main sights. We were happy for the value paid.

Skip the Line: Vatican, St. Peter's & Papal Tombs Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/15/2016

The Vatican is a must see and a small tour is the way to go.

Even though, at the last minute, the Vatican closed early. We were able, with our guide's perseverance, to see the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.

Best tour in Rome (after you've dine the must haves)

Perfect organization, small group (15). The best radios (we have done two other tours previously, so we would know). We obviously had luck with our guide, for she was really perfect, clear, concise, funny, yet most informative (Shannon).

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