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

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

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Discover the immense underground cemetery excavated by the Christians of Rome from the 3rd to the 5th century AD. Learn about the tragic persecution of Christians by Roman emperors with a guide.

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Duration 30 minutes
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Experience

Highlights
  • Contemplate the crypt of the Popes and the crypt of St. Cecilia
  • Marvel at the oldest Christian frescoes discovered in Rome
  • Explore the labyrinth of narrow galleries
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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.

Includes
  • Catacombs of St Callixtus entry fee
  • Tour guide
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users

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Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • You will climb 50 irregular steps to reach the floor of the galleries. There is no elevator.
  • GetYourGuide customers can benefit from discounts at the Catacombs bookshop from 5% to 10% based on the product (with a minimum purchase of 10€)
  • The tour might not start during bad weather conditions
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4.6 /5

based on 1809 reviews

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The guide was very nice, knowledgeable and quite funny :) The catacombs are definitely worth a visit, they are such an interesting place and their historic worth is immense. A memorable experience and it was lovely to see people treat the place with so much respect, as it really is a resting place for the dead

January 4, 2023

The visit was very interesting and the guide in Spanish that we had was very professional. However, the journey seemed very short. A limited section of the catacombs is visited. The bus leaves you right at the door. Keep in mind that the souvenir shop in the Catacombs of San Callixto sold souvenirs from Rome at very reasonable prices. Perhaps they were more of a religious nature but there was a bit of everything.

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November 8, 2022

We loved the visit to the catacombs, I think that even if it is short (45 min) it is worth the visit. Our fantastic guide explained everything very well and answered any questions that might arise. To get to the catacombs there is a bus (118) from Circo Massimo or the Colosseum. I recommend going to the stop with time because the buses never come at the indicated time.

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November 7, 2022

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