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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 40 minutes
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English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish

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
Full description

First, listen to the history of the catacombs: from their origin to decline, and their rediscovery in the modern era. Learn how they were dug and administrated.

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
  • Entry fee
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 914 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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English Tour Guide was brilliant, very informative & funny. The catacombs itself was very interesting. Was quite chilly down in the catacombs itself but it was a hot day so wasn’t bad at all. Over all great experience , only a short bus ride from centre of rome , would definitely recommend. Also the grounds itself is nice to take a wander around afterwards.

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June 24, 2022

Was very interesting if a brief experience (there are only so many grave spaces you can look at). Nice peaceful site. I took a taxi there which was a bit pricey at EUR25 but the 118 bus does stop right outside and it was easy to take the bus back. Be sure to buy your ticket before you board as you cannot buy on the bus.

March 17, 2022

I don't see any reason why you should pick any other overpriced tour over this one. It's affordable and well done, covering the basics about the catacombs and their history, which is exactly what we wanted. This isn't an "you absolutely can't miss this when you visit Rome" experience, but it's off the beaten path and interesting.

November 11, 2021

Product ID: 390972