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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: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel & Transfers

1. 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. 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." Your guide will tell you the theories, but ultimately you will decide on the meaning of the crypt’s robed skeletons and vertebrae chandeliers. Open your eyes to the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.

Rome: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

2. 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: Catacombs Entry Ticket & Guided Tour with Transfer

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

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

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

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

7. 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: Underground Crypts and Catacombs Guided Tour

8. Rome: Underground Crypts and Catacombs Guided Tour

Escape the crowds of the Colosseum and Vatican, and explore the darker side of Rome on a guided 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.

Catacomb of St. Callixtus and Appian Way: Guided Tour

9. Catacomb of St. Callixtus and Appian Way: Guided Tour

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.

Rome: Golf Cart Catacombs & City Sightseeing Guided Tour

10. 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.

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It was supposed to be a group tour but because other people didn’t make it on time me and my fiancé ended up being the only ones around, so we basically got a private tour. Fiona, our guide, was amazing! She actually knew so much about everything we saw and she even took us around Trevi Fountain and other nearby places while we waited for the booked time for the catacombs. The transport was also really comfortable. The overall experience was top notch!

This tour was very different from the other tours we went on during our time in Rome. Barbara was our tour guide and she was excellent! very knowledgeable and friendly. The crypts and catacombs were so interesting and definitely worth seeing whilst in Rome.

The guide Rhian made the extremely informative and interesting. The tour packed a lot of information but felt relaxed. Probably best City Tour we've done and would highly recommend this tour and guide.

Everything was fine, the instructions were clear, great guide (Polish). Not that far from the city center by Bus, easy to find. If you arrive earlier, sometimes they let you in with the earlier group.

The tour was fascinating and just enough time to be underground. I recommend bringing a mask. The musty smell gets a bit much after a while, if you are sensitive to smells.