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Catacombs of Rome

Explore this ancient burial site comprising dozens of catacombs and miles of passageways beneath the streets of Rome.

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Rome: Capuchin Crypts Skip-the-Line Entrance Tickets

1. Rome: Capuchin Crypts Skip-the-Line Entrance Tickets

Start your visit at the Capuchin Museums to learn about the place's culture and spirituality. Continue towards the Crypt of the Three Skeletons, the only area where the human skeleton can be seen in its unadorned entirety. Next, visit the Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones. Admire the Crypt of the Pelvises, which contains 2 Capuchins serenely reclining in an arched position. Look at the crosses on the ground, which mark the graves of the 7 Capuchins. Stroll through the Crypt of the Skulls and check out its famous hourglass. Learn about how, when the Capuchins left their old friary near the Trevi Fountain, they decided to transfer the bones of friars who had been buried under the Church of Saint Bonaventure. In accordance with Capuchin law, which did not allow burials to take place within the churches, an underground cemetery was designed. Here, they deposited the bones brought from the old friary. Since then, the crypt has been the burial place of the Capuchins.

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Rome: Roman Catacombs Semi-Private Tour

2. Rome: Roman Catacombs Semi-Private Tour

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.

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Rome: Catacomb Tour w/ Transfer + Optional Trevi Underground

3. Rome: Catacomb Tour w/ Transfer + Optional Trevi Underground

This underground tour of the Catacombs takes you deeper into the unusual history of Rome, far below its busy streets and towering monuments to the concealed side of this ancient city. The tour begins at one of the most spectacular centrally located squares in Rome: Venice Square, next to the Town hall. A VIP minibus fully equipped with air conditioning will take you to the ancient Roman catacombs. The staff will provide an App City audio guide that will introduce the venue and the old road of Via Appia. Located just outside of the city and hidden deep underground, the catacombs were created in the second century in response to a shortage of land for deceased’s remains. Dating back almost 2,000 years to the 2nd century AD, this extensive network of tunnels snaking underground was once both a burial ground and a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome. With an expert guide you’ll explore these extensive tunnels lined with tombs carved right out of the rock, and hear the fascinating history of these sacred places. Combine your tour with the additional option to visit the Trevi underground. Explore the ruins and hidden passages beneath the Trevi Fountain and the surrounding area.

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Ancient Appian Way: Electric Bike Tour

4. Ancient Appian Way: Electric Bike Tour

Explore the Roman countryside and its remarkable scenery on this half-day cycling tour. Cycle along 2,300-year-old cobblestone roads to ancient ruins. After a short urban ride, you will reach the beginning of the Ancient Appian Way. This was one of the first roads in Rome, also known as the “Queen of the Streets”. Continue to cycle past ancient tombs and the ruins of an imperial palace. As you ride, your guide will share interesting historical facts that will open your eyes to the Rome beyond the monuments. Leaving the Ancient Appian Way, you will follow the ancient aqueducts through the Roman countryside. After a pleasant ride back, your tour ends with a return to central Rome.

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Rome: Catacombs & Crypts Tour with Roman Aqueducts

5. Rome: Catacombs & Crypts Tour with Roman Aqueducts

Escape the crowds of the Colosseum and Vatican, and explore the darker side of Rome on a 3-hour and 15-minute small group tour of the ancient catacombs and crypts. Venture to parts of the city that few visitors ever see, traveling between sites by air-conditioned minibus. First, follow your guide to 3 memorable sites, each revealing the extraordinary secrets of Ancient Rome. They include the labyrinthine Roman Catacombs that were part burial ground and part refuge for the persecuted early Christians of Ancient Rome. Then, visit the Capuchin Crypt, known locally as the “Bone Chapel,” and marvel at the walls, decorated with the bones more than 4,000 monks. To finish out the day in style, visit perhaps one of the most spectacular sites in all of Rome - the Roman Aqueducts. Enjoy time to explore and understand this monumental landmark from a stunning vantage point.

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Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

6. Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 3-hour or 5-hour electric bike tour. Your guide will be waiting for you at Lungotevere delle Armi 44, where this wonderful adventure will begin. Your route is Via Appia Antica (Appian Way), one of the most important access roads of the city of the Roman Empire. You can follow your guide through imposing aqueducts, including landmarks such as the Catacombs of San Callisto, and will also cross the Regional Park of Appia Antica. You have the option to take a 3-hour tour by electric or manual bicycle, or can instead opt to choose the 5-hour tour which also includes a visit to the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

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Rome: Catacombs Underground Tour, Ticket, and Transfer

7. Rome: Catacombs Underground Tour, Ticket, and Transfer

Embark on an in-depth experience, during which you'll discover the legacy of a prominent and fascinating past. Beginning from the meeting point near the Colosseum, relax on a transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle to one of the most interesting places in Rome, the Catacombs. Accompanied by an expert guide, head off on an exclusive tour and appreciate the real story and mystery of this fascinating place.  On the tour, travel through time to discover a hidden and parallel world in which, for centuries, Jews and Christians have looked after and venerated the dead. Pass by the majestic Aurelian Walls to come to the archaeological area of the Ancient Appian Way. Deep in the green Roman countryside, descend into the ancient world of the Catacombs, a complex network of underground tunnels among the longest in the world, occupying an area of about fifteen hectares and consisting of about 37 miles of tunnels on several levels. The specific catacomb visited, San Calisto, San Sebastiano, or Santa Domitilla, will depend on the day. In any of the catacombs, you will have the opportunity to see ancient frescoes, crypts with inscriptions carved in the walls, niches with the remains of skeletons, small mausoleums, sarcophagi, tombs, and small chapels, which still today, after about 2,000 years, are used to celebrate religious rites. After the tour, back in the sunlight, your driver will take you back to the original starting point in Via Della Polveriera.

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Rome: Catacombs of Saint Sebastian Guided Tour

8. Rome: Catacombs of Saint Sebastian Guided Tour

Wander through the ancient catacombs of Saint Sebastian that lay below the streets of Rome. Learn about their history and former uses as you walk among the tombs of prominent Christian leaders. In the company of an expert guide, walk through underground galleries and residential areas and admire remarkable wall decorations. Witness the burial spot of Saint Peter and Paul and admire the basilica built by Emperor Constantine in the shape of a Roman circus.

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Rome: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

9. Rome: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

Explore Rome at your own pace with the Go City Rome Explorer Pass. Choose from 2 to 7 attractions and tours from a list of over 35 activities including the Colosseum, a hop-on hop-off bus tour, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and more. Visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, join a mouth-watering tasting tour, enjoy an evening at the Opera, go bike riding among ancient Roman ruins, or eat like a local with an authentic Italian set menu lunch ─ the choice is yours. Save up to 35% off compared to buying individual tickets and enjoy a complimentary digital audio guide packed with attraction information and instructions on booking your visits. Enjoy the ease of a fully digital pass with maximum flexibility. You have 2 years from your purchase date to use your pass and then 60 days after you redeem your first attraction or tour. Choose activities as you go: there’s no need to pre-select attractions (some of the most popular activities may require reservations). To redeem, simply display your pass on your mobile device or print it at home. 

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Catacombs & St John in Lateran Combo Tour

10. Catacombs & St John in Lateran Combo Tour

Take a 20-minute ride on a public bus to reach the Catacombs, near beautiful historic Appian Way. Once there, enjoy a guided tour with an expert local guide. Hear about how the oldest nuclei of the Roman Catacombs date back to the end of the second century and how the catacombs were built underground with tunnels on various levels to solve the spacial problems. Visit St. John in Lateran Basilica and explore all its points of interest in around 2 hours with a multilingual audio guide system. Begin by visiting the Basilica with the cloister and the Treasure Museum, then proceed outside the church to the Baptistery. You can then complete your tour by visiting the building of the Holy Stairs, located on the right of the basilica, and admire the original private papal chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum. If you only have one hour, you can visit the basilica and its cloister first, followed by the Holy Stairs and Sancta Sanctorum.

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Planning Your Visit

  • 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 should I visit?
    Opening hours vary, please check times of individual catacombs you wish to visit.
  • Is it expensive?
    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 information
    ** Varied hours mean advanced planning is key!*

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What people are saying about Catacombs of Rome

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,328 reviews

The impressive catacombs; the guide a 10, he made it very enjoyable. I recommend the experience. Of course, do not go very long in advance (especially if the weather is bad) because there is nothing there but a coffee and sandwich machine and a small shop.

The guide was well informed and passionate about his subject. The catacombs are impressive and one sees enough to realize how hopelessly lost one would be without a guide - we were also happy to be out of the rain1

The tour was absolutely great. The crypts were breathtaking. Our guide was knowledgeable and fun. Great value!

It was amazing and eye opening experience, but it requires a lot of patience and stamina, lots of walking.

short, sweet, and very interesting. don't buy a more expensive tour! this one is great