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Rome: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

1. 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: Official Guided Tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus

2. Rome: Official Guided Tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus

Uncover the secrets of ancient Rome, hidden in its underground cemeteries. Join a guided tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, excavated by the Christians between the 3rd and 5th centuries. Learn about the mysterious origins of this site and its rediscovery in the modern era. Enter the crypt of the 3rd-century Popes, where 5 of the 9 tombstones of Rome's bishops who were buried here are still preserved. Then admire a slab of marble where some famous verses of Pope Damasus were engraved. Next, cross a narrow arch and enter the crypt where St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, was first buried. Be inspired by her history while contemplating the crypt's decorative frescoes and a copy of the statue made by Maderno, depicting the martyr's body when a reconnaissance was made in 1599. From the crypt of Santa Cecilia, continue your tour through the oldest part of the catacomb. Admire its majestic galleries and the beautiful cubicles of "sacraments". Finally, walk through the maze of tunnels dug in peacetime, trying to find your way out. Along the way, see various archaeological finds of funeral furniture before coming up to see the sunlight again.

Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel & Transfers

3. Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel & 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 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 Basilica of San Martino ai Monti. Dating back to the 4th century, this church is located near the edge of the Parco del Colle Oppio. Admire the stunning frescoes by artists such as Pietro Testa, Matteo Riccione, and Giannangiolo Canini that adorn the church walls, and see the Chapel of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. Finally, 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". Open your eyes to the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.

Rome: Catacombs Entry Ticket & Guided Tour with Transfer

4. Rome: Catacombs Entry Ticket & 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.

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

5. Rome: Ancient Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs 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. Make a stop underground at the Catacombs of St. Callixtus (or St. Sebastian) for a guided visit through its crypts and corridors. 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 and St. Callisto Catacombs Tour by E-bike

6. Rome: Appian Way and St. Callisto Catacombs Tour by E-bike

Make your way to the Catacombs of St. Callisto on this guided e-bike tour through the Appian Way. Choose between a sunset or morning tour, and marvel at the breathtaking views of the Roman countryside. Starting from the bike depot, go on a quick ride to the Appian Way and visit the Catacombs of St. Callisto. See where the Christians met and prayed 40 meters underground in what would become the official cemetery for Rome's church. Afterward, continue biking along the Appian Way, an ancient road left buried in the countryside. Cycle past fields and woodland to reach the first section of original stones laid by the Romans 2300 years ago. See ruts left in the stone by the wheels of carts pulled along the road by horses over the years. Find your way between the old stones and head down towards a natural spring. This section of original blocks is also walkable. In the natural spring, fill in bottles with mineral water or wine at the wine cellar. It's a great way to see local life and tradition. At the cellar, you can buy snacks and drinks to take with you to the snack stop at the Cafarella Valley, the last part of your tour on the way back into the city. From up high in the Cafarella Valley, appreciate the view of Rome's magnificent countryside along with the rolling hills and valley below. See a fantastic variety of animals like birds, sheep, and goats. Keep an eye out for bunny families that live in the valley. Stop to enjoy a glass of wine or something else you brought from the spring before you return to the bike depot.

Rome: Underground Crypts and Catacombs Guided Tour

7. Rome: Underground Crypts and Catacombs Guided Tour

Experience some of the quirkier highlights of Rome on this tour to the Capuchin Crypt, the Catacombs of Rome, and the Roman Aqueducts. Enjoy air-conditioned transport included throughout the tour and the accompaniment of a guide to answer all your questions. First, discover the Capuchin Bone Crypt, decorated with the bones and remains of some 4,000 Capuchin friars. Although it might appear macabre, learn why the monks actually consider the display life-affirming. Explore at your own pace with an audio guide and then reunite with your guide. Next, it's off to the catacombs, containing miles of creepy tunnels and the world’s oldest collection of bones. Follow your guide through the historic tunnels and hear the story of early Christianity. Finish the day with a visit to the Roman Aqueducts and enjoy time to explore this monumental landmark from a beautiful vantage point.

Rome: Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

8. Rome: Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 4-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 includes the option to visit the Aqueducts Park or the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

Rome: Golf Cart Catacombs & City Sightseeing Guided Tour

9. Rome: Golf Cart Catacombs & City Sightseeing Guided Tour

See the highlights of Rome without breaking a sweat as you zip around the city in a golf cart on a private tour. Marvel at Trajan's Column, Piazza Venezia, and many more of Rome's top attractions. Meet your guide on one of the city's quieter side streets and get ready to discover Rome's most iconic sights. You'll also be provided with a headset to make sure you can hear your guide the whole time. Stop at important landmarks, including Trajan's Column, Piazza Bocca della Verità, Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia, Circus of Maxentius, the Colosseum, and more. Spend between 5 and 10 minutes at each of these sites and learn about each location from your guide. Then, go underground to see Rome's ancient catacombs and crypts. Discover this immense underground cemetery and learn about its origin and decline. Your tour ends back in the quiet side road where it began.

Rome: Appian Way Self-Guided E-Bike Tour & Catacombs Entry

10. Rome: Appian Way Self-Guided E-Bike Tour & Catacombs Entry

Take a different way to visit the Catacombs outside of Rome. Using an ebike to explore the countryside, you can follow the route on our app choosing from our list of interesting places to visit such as the Aqueducts and arriving there on your own. This is also a great way to explore the area since you can find many of the sites on our route and choose which ones you want to visit. If you are not so physical or if you don't have more time, you can cut the route short by turning back or heading to the nearest turn back point. Otherwise use the route to help you reach the Park of the Aqueducts, which is the furthermost point of interest on our Self Guided Tour to the Catacombs. En-route you can choose many sites, but the main objective and first site en-route is the Catacombs of St. Callisto. An immense labyrinth of underground passageways and tombs dug by the first "christians" who followed Jesus message. With your ticket which will be provided on the day, you will be taken underground by a member of the Catacombs together with many other people who reach the catacombs. Once you have finished the guided tour of the catacombs, you can decide to continue with the itinerary and follow the app to the next point or even turn around and go back to the start. There are many options and it is flexibile, so you can choose. Maximum Time available: 5 hours. If you have any trouble or need help during yoru Self Guided Tour to the Catacombs, we are available and will come to your aid. Just send a message or call us via the telephone number provided at the start.

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What people are saying about Catacombs of Rome

Everything was great. Meeting point easy to find, punctuality and our guide Sara was great too. He organized everything and gave us good information about the places…the e-bikes were very good too. I recommend. ;)

The tour was really informative and our tour guide (Heather!) was amazing. Very knowledgable, as well as friendly and funny! We would highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Rome.

Our guide was really lovely and so knowledgeable. She did everything she could to make us feel comfortable and to make the talk enjoyable. This tour was fascinating.

The catacombs were really odd and interesting, the aqueducts were great. The guide was knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour

Súper interesante e inolvidable porque era algo inimaginable, buenos guías.