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Duration: 45 minutes - 8.5 hours
Duration: 3 hours - 8.5 hours
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Descend into the depths of the catacombs and explore the sacred resting places of early Christians. These burial sites hold the remains of countless individuals, martyrs, and even Popes.
Marvel at the beautifully preserved frescoes adorning the catacomb walls. Most frescoes are based on characters and places from the Old and New Testament both, including paintings of Noah, Babylonia, and more.
Decode the intricate symbols and allegories depicted in the catacombs, reflecting the early Christians' beliefs, such as a dove with an olive branch, a fish representing Christ, or bread loaves to symbolize funeral meals in honor of the dead.
The catacombs comprise intricate tunnels that were dug by hand while mining for limestone, and span miles in length. They can reach a height of 70 ft in some areas, showcasing the impressive scale and depth of these underground burial sites.
Encounter ancient inscriptions and epitaphs on the walls, providing glimpses into the lives and beliefs of those buried within the catacombs. Decipher the messages and get a deeper insight into the historical richness of the catacombs.
Many Christians consider the catacombs as a significant pilgrimage site due to the presence of saints' burial sites and the connection to martyrs. The opportunity to visit these sacred spaces and witness the graffiti-adorned crypts adds a unique and meaningful aspect to the catacombs' experience.
Address: Via Appia Antica, 136, 00179 Roma RM (1); Via Appia Antica, 110/126, 00179 Roma RM (2); Via Salaria, 430, 00199 Roma RM (3); Via delle Sette Chiese, 282, 00147 Roma RM (4); Via Nomentana, 349, 00162 Roma RM (5)
Reference: Catacombs of San Sebastiano (1); Catacombs of San Callisto (2); Catacombs of Priscilla (3); Catacombs of Domitilla (4); Catacombs of Sant’Agnese (5)
The catacombs are religious sites for Christians and a dress code must be followed. Ensure that your clothing covers your knees and shoulders.
You can purchase Roman Catacombs tours online or at the venue. It is advisable to book in advance to secure your preferred tour time.
A. Yes, you can purchase Roman Catacombs tickets online. This way you can avail great discounts, combinations and offers on your tour.
No, most catacombs require visitors to be accompanied by a guide to ensure proper preservation, safety, and to provide valuable information about the historical significance of the site.
Yes, guided tours are available and are the only way to explore the Catacombs. Knowledgeable guides provide historical context, insights, and stories about the catacombs, enriching your visit.
The cost of Roman Catacombs tours can vary depending on the specific tour, package, or combination of attractions included. On average, ticket prices for guided tours of the catacombs range from approximately €20 to €91 per person. However, prices may fluctuate based on factors such as the duration of the tour, the inclusion of additional attractions, and any special features or services provided. It is advisable to check our curated selection of experiences for the most accurate and up-to-date pricing information for the specific tour or package you are interested in.
Highlights of the Roman Catacombs tour include exploring the ancient Christian burial grounds, viewing the intricate frescoes depicting biblical scenes, as well as understanding the historical significance as sacred sites, symbolism in artwork, ancient inscriptions, impressive architecture, and its connection to Rome's cultural and religious heritage.
The Roman Catacombs are located in various areas around Rome, Italy. Some of the well-known catacombs are situated along the Appian Way, one of the oldest and most important Roman roads. The Catacombs of Callixtus, Domitilla, Priscilla, and San Sebastiano are located along or near this historic route. Other catacombs, such as the Catacombs of Santa Domitilla and Santa Agnese, are found in different parts of the city.
Most catacombs have limited accessibility due to their underground nature and uneven terrain. It is recommended to check with the specific catacomb you plan to visit for accessibility information and available accommodations.
Photography policies may vary among catacombs. In general, flash photography is not permitted due to preservation concerns, but you may be allowed to take non-flash photographs. It is best to check the specific rules at the catacombs you plan to visit.
Depending on the catacombs' locations and your available time, it is possible to visit multiple catacombs in one day. However, consider travel times between sites and ensure you have ample time to fully explore each catacomb.
To respect the sacred nature of the catacombs, it is recommended to dress modestly and appropriately, with shoulders and knees covered. Some catacombs may have specific dress code requirements, so it's best to check before your visit.