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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based on 3,928 reviews

Very interesting and cool to see all the bones! Didn't know much about the crypts of capuchin before coming to Rome but I think it is a hidden gem and must to see! The tour wasn't too long so didn't take up too much of the day and close by the Spanish steps so could see other popular tourist attractions nearby. Our guide Guilano was informative and kept the topic light with some jokes since seeing bones can be pretty dark.

Guided tour in German very informative and very exciting. Recommended visit! Duration about 35 minutes. TIP: Take a jacket or sweater with you, it is quite cool downstairs.

It’s was an incredible experience and our guide spoke wonderful German and was so passionate and informed about the topic! I can only recommend it!!

Super nice tour in German. The 40 minutes went by very quickly, would have loved to stay longer :)

With a special thanks to our guide Jos , who made from this trip a memory to never forget .