Catacombs of St. Callixtus Archaeology

Our most recommended Catacombs of St. Callixtus Archaeology

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

1. 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.

Catacombs St. Callisto Guided Tour by Ebike

2. Catacombs St. Callisto Guided Tour by Ebike

Embark on an electric bike tour in the morning or afternoon along the Appian Way to the St. Callisto Catacombs and a natural spring in the scenic countryside. Take an adventure outside of Rome by cycling alongside the city walls. Hop on an e-bike and cycle along a traffic-free path through parks, farmland, and along the ancient Appian Way. Arrive at the church of Rome's first official burial site, a labyrinth of underground rooms connected by tunnels used to bury their dead in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd centuries. See the road the Romans built almost 2,300 years ago as if it was yesterday. In places, there are still the original stones paving the top, pagan tombs, and remnants from medieval structures. Cycle through the history of this magnificent area left untouched by the development of the modern city. Later, pass a natural spring where water is coming out of the ground for a taste of local life. Drink from the source, and try some local delicacies available from the snack shop which also has a selection of local wines and bottled drinks (cost not included). On the way back to the start, cycle through a public park called the Cafarella Valley.

Rome: Golf Cart Catacombs & City Sightseeing Guided Tour

3. 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.

Citavecchia: Catacombs of San Sebastiano and Callisto Tour

4. Citavecchia: Catacombs of San Sebastiano and Callisto Tour

Meet your guide and start the 50-minute drive outside of Rome to the tombs underneath Civitavecchia. Visit the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, the oldest Christian cemetery in Rome. Walk through the miles of underground passageways that make up this sacred site. Stand in the cavernous underground chambers where early Christians congregated. Hear about the burial practices of early Christians, and see religious symbols carved into the walls. Next, visit the Catacombs of San Callisto, the largest and most significant early Christian burial site in Rome. Travel back in time to the 2nd century and see the resting place of 10 martyrs, 16 popes, and hundreds of early Christians who died for their faith. Learn about the persecution of Christianity under the Romans as you walk through the underground labyrinth. Contemplate the faith of early believers in Christianity as you make your way through this somber resting place. Afterward, relax in the beautiful garden outside before returning to the port of Civitavecchia.

Rome: Catacombs and Appian Way Guided Walking Tour & Ticket

5. Rome: Catacombs and Appian Way Guided Walking Tour & Ticket

Stop At: Catacombs of Saint Callixtus The Christian catacombs are extremely important for the art history of Early Christian art, as they contain the great majority of examples from before about 400 AD, in fresco and sculpture, as well as gold glass medallions (these, like most bodies, have been removed). Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Via Appia Antica, Via Appia, Rome Italy The Appian Way is one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient republic. It connected Rome to Brindisi, in southeast Italy. Its importance is indicated by its common name, recorded by Statius.

Rome: Appian Way Golf Cart Charter with Driver

6. Rome: Appian Way Golf Cart Charter with Driver

Discover the Appian Way Regional park on a golf cart! Duration: You can rent the golf cart for 2, 3, 4 hours. Please note: the golf cart can follow few routes inside the Park but is not possible to ride on the longest cobblestones stretches Description: you will rent the golf cart with our driver. You have to reserve at least for 2 hours in any case. More details: It is not possible to carry wheelchair on the golf cart, the passenger will be accompanied by the you can leave it in our tourist information office. You can not hire our golf cart on your own, but just with the driver.

Other Sightseeing Options in Catacombs of St. Callixtus

Want to discover all there is to do in Catacombs of St. Callixtus? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Catacombs of St. Callixtus

My family (including 2 teenagers) loved everything about the trip. Our first time on e-bikes and they are such fun and make cycling so easy! It was great to get out of central Rome and into some green spaces learning about the Romans along the way. The visit to the Catacombs was really interesting and informative. Would recommend to anyone looking for something different, my teenagers rated it their favourite activity. Our guide Glenn was great, keeping the tour moving and fun.

We are really glad we chose to do this on our last day of three weeks in Rome. Something totally different. Heads up though, don’t expect to see skulls and bones like Paris, these tombs have been looted or the bodies moved so they are empty… still stunning though, we give it a thumbs up!

The Golf Cart Catacombs and Sightseeing tours were well worth the time. Our driver/guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour fascinating. He also possessed a lot of patience as he worked his way through the Rome traffic while making sure we were all safe and comfortable.

Had a blast. Glenn was an awesome guide. Got to see a lot more than we expected and the biking was fun.

This is a sight to see! Its a short tour but so much to learn!