Catacombs of Rome

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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.

  • Catacombs of St. Domitilla

    3. 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.

  • Catacombs of St. Sebastian

    4. 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

    5. 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.

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

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I did the tour with my son (10 years) on a Sunday morning and we had a perfect last day in Rome. Our guide was very friendly and professionnal regarding the anecdotes of the history of the Via Appia. Some small parts are a bit more tricky to ride because of the car traffic. Overall I recommand the tour to everyone who can ride a bike.

This is one of the most interesting tours imaginable. I usually like to do and see things unguided but I learnt and saw so much more by going on this tour. I would never have found some of the places we saw. This was the second time I went in this tour and I have recommended it to others who also loved it.

I was the only one booked and was worried that it would be cancelled, thankfully I was wrong. Slobodan was so friendly and knowledgeable and really made this tour. It was beyond beautiful and one of the most awe inspiring things I did on my trip.

The tour was an excellent experience. While the crypt itself may not be top of mind when visiting Rome, the message the Monks wished to convey is so important.

The tour guide through City Wonders didba great job. He was an American and very knowledgeable