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Catacombs of Rome

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Rome: Crypts and Catacombs Underground Tour with Transfers

1. Rome: Crypts and Catacombs Underground Tour with Transfers

Discover Rome's hidden layers of history beneath its streets. Travel by an air-conditioned coach and use skip-the-line access directly into three fascinating archaeological finds. Visit the Capuchin Crypt on an audio guide tour. Capuchin monks used the bones of their nearly 4,000 brothers to intricately decorate the floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of "the Bone Chapel". From here you’ll be driven on a comfortable coach to the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this network of secret tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs made of solid rock, your local expert guide will describe the intriguing history of this sacred spot. Next, travel to the Basilica San Nicola in Carcere, where you'll explore its ruins, descend beneath the altar, and unearth atmospheric remains of ancient temples hidden beneath the church. The historic Forum Holitorium, an ancient market surrounded by Republican-era temples, lies concealed beneath the basilica, adding layers to the city's rich history. Open your eyes to the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.

Rome: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

2. 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 and Capuchin Crypt Guided Tour with Transfer

3. Rome: Catacombs and Capuchin Crypt Guided Tour with Transfer

Uncover what lies below the surface and discover 3 of Rome's most significant archeological sites, the Capuchin Crypts, the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, and the Appian Way. Enjoy the comfort of skip-the-line entry and airconditioned transport throughout the tour. Begin your day by meeting your guide near Piazza Barberini, where this bone-chilling adventure will start. Kick off your tour with a visit to the Capuchin Crypt where your guide will introduce you to the remarkable history of what is believed to be the Capuchin Friars. Head to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus and admire the cemeteries from ground level before descending into the extensive underground catacombs. Learn about the martyrs and pontiffs laid to rest here, admire impeccably preserved paintings, and see the crypts of 3rd-century popes. On your way back to Rome, pass by the impressive Aurelian Wall and take the opportunity to set foot on the Appian Way, a vital artery during the time of the Roman Empire.

Rome: Catacombs of St. Callixtus Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

4. Rome: Catacombs of St. Callixtus Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

Discover one of the largest underground burial sites in Rome with an entry ticket to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus. Explore the complex on a guided tour and learn about the martyrs, popes, and Christians buried here. Meet your guide and set out to explore the oldest official cemetery of Rome's Christian community. Hear where the complex gets its name and learn about its expansive size. Visit the Crypt of the Popes, where 9 popes and 3 bishops were laid to rest. Then, head to the adjoining room to see the Crypt of St. Cecilia, a Roman matron remembered for ensuring that many martyrs received a proper burial. Marvel at some of the oldest frescoes to decorate the walls in Rome's catacombs and visit Area I, where the cubicles of the sacraments are located. Leave your underground tour with a deeper understanding of Rome's early Christian communities and their burial traditions. 

Rome: Catacombs Guided Tour with Transfer

5. Rome: Catacombs Guided Tour with Transfer

Embark on a fascinating underground tour of the Catacombs, taking you into the unusual history of Rome. Head far below its busy streets and towering monuments to the concealed side of this ancient city. Follow along as your expert guide tells reveals little-known mysteries of Rome's darker side. Begin your tour at one of the most spectacular centrally located squares in Rome, Venice Square, next to the Townhall. Hop on a panoramic bus and head to the Catacombs, following a roundtrip panoramic route. Begin your underground tour and explore these extensive tunnels lined with tombs carved right out of the rock, and hear the fascinating history of these sacred places. Learn about how dating almost 2,000 years to the 2nd century AD, this extensive network of underground tunnels was once a burial ground and a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome. Combine your tour with the additional option to visit the Trevi district underground. Explore the ruins and hidden passages beneath the Trevi district and the surrounding area. Combine your tour with the additional option to visit the fascinating Capuchin Museum and his crypt. Visit on your own the famous Capuchin Crypt in Via Veneto with your audioguide! Learn about the crypt and the remains of the approximately 4,000 friars to decorate the floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of "the Bone Chapel".

Rome: Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs Option E-Bike Tour

6. Rome: Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs Option E-Bike Tour

Indulge in all things Ancient Roman on this Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs, and Park of the Aqueducts E-bike tour. Ride through the Roman countryside, discover the engineering genius of the ancient Romans, and delve into the early Christian history that shaped the world to come. Meet your guide and leave the city through St. Sebastian's gate in the Aurelian Walls, and enter the Ancient Appian Way - a 2,400-year old thoroughfare that tells the story of Rome's rise, golden age, and decline. In the 6-hour version of the tour, make a stop underground at the Catacombs of St. Callixtus (or St. Sebastian) for a guided visit through its crypts and corridors (the 4-hour version of the tour will include an outdoor stop in the Catacombs area). Next, cycle further on the Appian Way, passing mausoleums, tombstones, and sprawling villas of ancient aristocracy. Finally, head to the Park of the Aqueducts, where stretches of colossal arches rise against the warm afternoon light. After following these aqueducts back to modern civilization, cross the green Caffarella Valley. At its exit, you will begin your short ride back to the starting point - but not without one last highlight.

Rome: Appian Way & Catacomb Sunset E-bike Tour with Aperitif

7. Rome: Appian Way & Catacomb Sunset E-bike Tour with Aperitif

Enjoy an afternoon tour overlooking the Roman countryside with a visit to the catacombs and a stop for an aperitif at the Park of the Aqueducts. Take your guided tour of the catacombs along the Appian Way, one of the biggest underground burial sites from ancient Rome. Follow the path the romans built 2300 years ago to reach the Park of the Aqueducts. Admire these massive structures with a drink and some snacks as the sun sets over the countryside. Trace the Aqueducts back into the city through the caffarella valley.

Rome Explorer PASS with Tickets to top 45+ Attractions

8. Rome Explorer PASS with Tickets to top 45+ Attractions

Save up to 50%* on Rome experiences with Go City's Rome Explorer Pass. Choose from 2 to 7 attractions, experiences and tours from a list of over 45 popular activities. With a full 60 days validity, you can explore Rome at your own pace - there's no need to rush. Visit the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums, enjoy a pizza dinner in the Prati District, go to a classical music concert, bike ride among ancient Roman ruins, and experience the best Rome has to offer. Avoid the hassle of buying individual attraction tickets. With your pass, everything is right on your phone. Get a digital guide packed with attraction information and instructions on booking your visits. Choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 Rome and Vatican attractions or activities from the following: Cultural and Historical Sights • Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with audio tour, hosted entry, and multimedia video (R) • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - reserved entrance (R) • Castel Sant' Angelo with audio guide (R) • Capitolini Museum with hosted entry (R) • Altar of the Fatherland Panoramic View (R) • St. Peter's Basilica and Cupola Guided Tour (R) • Pantheon: Reserved Entrance with Audio Guide Other Tours and Experiences • Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off 1-Day Classic Tour • Rome Catacombs Tour including transfer (R) • Piazza Navona Underground • Rome Highlights Tour With Pantheon and Trevi Fountain (R) • Papal Audience (R) • Rome Ghost and Mystery Tour (R) • Bike rental with Caracalla Baths (R) • Ancient Via Appia Antica by Bike • The Three Tenors in Concert with Ballet - St. Paul's Church • Museo delle Cere (Wax Museum) • Welcome to Rome Show • Leonardo Da Vinci Experience • Vivaldi's Four Seasons Meets Bach's Masterpieces • Trevi District Underground: Small Aqueduct Domus (R) • Vigamus - Video Game Museum • Empresses, Emperors and Courtesans Tour (R) • Cinecittà World • Roma World • Sunset pizza tour near the Colosseum Food and Drink • Wine tasting with a certified sommelier near the Colosseum • Hard Rock Café Rome - Skip the Line • Pizza terrace dinner in the Prati District (R) • Spritz and salad menu near the Vatican • Vero Food Best Italian pancakes in Rome • Italian Pancake breakfast at Vero Food (near Vatican) • Healthy and Fresh Food Break in the City Center • 1-hour pizza cooking experience • Pasta Class (R) Reservations required. Follow the instructions on the digital guide for each attraction or tour. *Savings based on sample itineraries on Go City website.

Rome: Appian Way E-Bike Tour with Picnic and Catacomb Option

9. Rome: Appian Way E-Bike Tour with Picnic and Catacomb Option

Get out of Rome for the day! Escape the busy streets and cycle through the countryside surrounding the Appian Way. Reach the Catacombs of St Callisto or St Sebastian riding an electric assist bicycle along an ancient Roman road called the Via Appia Antica. Normal Mtbs and Full Suspension available with prior notice. This road once connected Romes empire and today is partly visible buried in the countryside. Cycle along the old blocks to reach the Park of the Aqueducts and see one of the ancient Roman wonders, The AQUEDUCTS. On your way back into the city cycling through parks and wooded valleys, we will stop for a picnic style lunch in the vicinity of a natural spring. Enjoy a picnic in the park of fresh salads, breads, bruschetta, porchetta (roast pork), mozzarella and tomatoes, olives and something to drink. Ideal for families with children as we have e-bike for kids plus the option of a tag along attachments. Helmets are provided.

Rome: Catacombs of St. Sebastian Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

10. Rome: Catacombs of St. Sebastian Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

The place where the Catacomb of San Sebastiano stands was in ancient times a deep depression, used as a pozzolana quarry and called ad catacumbas (or “near the cavities”), a name that has become synonymous with an underground cemetery. Since the first century, the site has been intensely exploited and built: the underground galleries were reused to obtain burial niches, on the surface, however, several columbaria were built and at least two residential systems (the so-called small villa and large villa) equipped with remarkable pictorial wall decorations. Around the middle of the second century, the bottom of the valley was buried to create a pitch, on one side of which three mausoleums were built in succession (by Clodius Hermes, by the Innocentiores, by the Ax). A further burial of the area was made to give space to the construction of the triclia, a portico bordered by a wall on which numerous graffiti invocations addressed to the SS. Peter and Paul, who were venerated together in this place around 250. On the site, then, the emperor Constantine (306-337) had a basilica in the shape of a Roman circus (called "circiforme"). Meanwhile, already in the third century, the catacomb that housed the tombs of the martyrs Sebastian and Eutichio began to develop underground.

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we were extremely positive about this tour. Everything ticked like a clockwork. I was surprsed to lean that the katakobers were not in the Rome town it self, but outside the city wall. We were a big group so we had two goudes. The transport from downtown to the kakatakobers is very well organised. A fantastic tour...

We had a very nice guide, that explained the history of rome and the whole details of how the catacombs were built. He also answered all our questions and was very funny too. (: I would totaly recommend it!

This was one of the best tours we did in Rome because our guide Alessandro was so engaging, knowledgeable, and informative.

Excellent. Very informative and good length of time for the information.

An excellent tour of the catacombs. Very interesting.