Catacombs of St. Callixtus Culture & history

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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.

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

2. 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: 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.

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What people are saying about Catacombs of St. Callixtus

This was a fun and easy ride outside of the hustle and bustle of the inner city. Leo was very friendly and knowledgeable and shared with us fun and historical facts along the way! The catacombs were also very fascinating and definitely worth seeing.

Took the tour to the Catacombs. Very impressed with the guides knowledge of all the city sites. Wonderful guide! Very informative. Absolutely worth the $$. One of best tours we took!

Very good, the tour time was adequate, 30-45 min, and the catacombs impressive. They have tours in various languages.

The Catacombs are a lovely and pensive place for tourists and pilgrims alike.

Really enjoyable and informative. Don, our guide, was great.