Guided tour

Catacomb of St. Callixtus and Appian Way: Guided Tour

Catacomb of St. Callixtus and Appian Way: Guided Tour

From US$ 94.19 per person

Get outside the walls of Rome and into the ancient tunnels of its catacombs. Enjoy a 3-hour tour that gives you a unique perspective on ancient Rome that you won't experience in the city center.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore some of the ancient catacombs built to house the dead of Rome, including the Catacombs of St. Callixtus
  • View the exterior of the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella
  • Walk a portion of the old Appian Way and admire the ancient Roman aqueducts
  • See some of the earliest examples of Christian art
Full description
Traveling by bus and on foot, this 3-hour guided tour takes you beyond the city walls of Rome, through the ancient tunnels of the city’s catacombs. You will travel along the rustic Appian Way, and under the arches of the aqueducts of antiquity. Constructed nearly 2,000 years ago as the burial chambers for early Christians, the catacombs reveal burial niches, mosaics, and sarcophagi, as well as ancient religious drawings While in San Callisto, explore the Crypt of the Popes, and view some of the very earliest Christian art. As Christianity became more popular in Rome, it became necessary to find a system for the burial of large of numbers of people, the majority of whom lacked money to pay for elaborate tombs and mausoleums. The solution was found in the friable tufa rock around the city. From the 2nd through to the 5th-Centuries, 60 catacomb complexes were dug, each occupying several layers, and 2 of which were designated for Jews. Out of the total number of catacombs, 5 of the Christian complexes regularly open to the public, giving you a unique perspective on Ancient Rome, in an environment that you will never see in the city center.
Includes
  • Transport from and to the meeting point
  • 3-hour guided tour
  • Guided tour to the Catacombs of St.Callixtus
  • Entrance and booking fees
  • Headsets
  • Lunch
  • Pick up from hotels
Not suitable for
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

The meeting point is at the bus stop at Via Cavour 224. The nearest metro station is Cavour (line B). Please remember to show up 25 minutes before the tour departure time.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Please note that this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Catacomb tour is not recommended if you suffer from severe claustrophobia.
  • The taking of photographs is not permitted in the Catacombs.
  • Proper dress is required to enter places of worship: no shorts or sleeveless tops allowed for either men or women. For ladies, shoulders must be covered and skirts or trousers must be below knee-level.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 5 participants, and may be rescheduled or cancelled (with a full refund) if there are not enough participants on a particular day. You will be informed in advance if this is the case.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 550 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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Well organised, small vans, friendly, informed and good humoured guide. As I can't walk for long distances, the travel between each venue enabled me to sit and gather energy! The guide had clearly studied his information but I was a little surprised that he did not mention that the apostle Paul was welcomed to Rome near that section of the Appian Way, by believers from Rome who came out to meet him (Acts 28:15).

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July 1, 2019

A wonderful half day on the outskirts of Rome.

My second trip booked with get your guide and yet again it did not disappoint. Our guide 'Lara croft archaeologist and historian' was a mind of fascinating information and incredible knowledge. The whole trip was so well organised from the meeting point to when they dropped us off. The catacombs were definitely worth a visit and then the little trip up the appian way was lovely but the highlight for me was the trip down to the aqueducts. The amazing coach driver literally squeezing the coach under the bridges and then a short walk out in beautiful surroundings to admire the architecture of the actual aqueducts was an unforgettable experience. A small group tour again! I can not recommend doing your tours through this company enough they are simply the best.

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May 22, 2018

Fantastic!

Lara was amazing!!!! She answered all our questions - even the crazy ones! We loved the tour through the catacombs. It was so interesting and sobering. We loved the Aqueducts and the Appian Way as well. Lara made the historical significance of what we were experiencing come alive. We absolutely recommend her and this company for the tour. It was one of the highlights of our trip!!!

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February 23, 2018

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