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Underground Rome Catacombs Tour – A Fascinating, Historic Journey

Catacombe di San Callisto, Via Appia Antica, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
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Duration

1 - 2 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

14 people

Languages

English

Overview

Underground Rome Catacombs Tour – A Fascinating, Historic Journey

If you are interested in experiencing something unusual about history, you must try the underground Rome Catacombs Tour. These places are just located outside ancient Rome, where our expert guide will take you to.

Catacomb history

Here, you will encounter the different aspects of history in the dark maze. The Rome Catacombs Tour Burials have been situated outside the city because of the sanitation measures.

The pagans rarely buried the dead bodies. Instead, they cremated them. Christians preserve the dead bodies for the afterlife. Therefore, they perform this ritual in Catacombs. is a divine opportunity to learn about the parts of the city’s history.

Well, it was enough about the Catacomb’s history. To experience it more closely, you need to get there.

 

To find your way to the catacomb from the Rome city center, you can take a bus or ride for 15 minutes. From the Rome Termini station, you will get the 714 bus. After 12 stops, it will take you to Navigator.

This trip takes around 15 to 20 minutes. After, it takes approximately 10 minutes to walk to Delle Sette Chiese and reach the Underground Catacombs.

 

Pro Tip:

The bus journey may confuse you, but our tour will take you straight to your destination with no hustle. The other way to the Catacombs under Rome is private transportation.

This way, you don’t need to worry about the logistics. It will take you to the best Rome Catacombs.

The Domitilla Catacombs are the oldest Rome Catacombs. If you look at its structure, it’s 50 feet underground, and its length is around nine miles. This construction made it the largest network of Catacombs in Rome.

Interestingly, the Rome Catacombs tour will elaborate descending dark maze that contains the remnants of around 150 000 bodies. That’s three times the size of the Roman Colosseum.

Unfortunately, visitors can’t see the burial space of the Catacombs because of restricted access. But there is more to explore there, like macabre artwork, skulls, and bones.

The white-painted walls of the catacombs help to reflect the scarce torchlight of the tourists.

From here, you can visit Capuchin Crypts. It’s the site that comes before the Catacombs Under Rome. The cool thing is, it’s closer to the Rome City center. It’s a church.

The interesting fact, it contains the skeleton remains of around 3700 bodies. Between 1500 and 1870, these bodies died.

The better thing about this site is that you can get the live experience of human remains.

Appian Way

The Catacombs lie in the street of Appian Way. It’s one of the original seven roads leading to Rome. It connects to Puglia in southern Italy.

Safety measures in place

  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce the crowds

Traveler Requirements

  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

Important Information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Reusable water bottle

Not allowed

  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Highlights

  • Enjoy a thorough and worry-free tour with an expert guide
  • Save time with pickup, luggage deposit and drop-off included
  • Descend 16 metres underground into a dark world of prohibited faith
  • Marvel at wall paintings of biblical figures
  • Choose between a shared or private experience

Itinerary

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Oldest Roman Catacombs

The oldest Roman Catacomb got its structure in the 1st century. It was the first Catacomb that pagans ever built. The age of internal tunnels is even more than the Catacombs. It was the place for they took responsibility for making this large catacomb in the past. These Catacombs have to descend four levels, with 26250 tombs. Its construction dates from the 2nd to 5th century.

Included/Excluded

  • All entrance fees
  • Return transportation from central Rome
  • Live professional guide
  • Luggage deposit for the duration of the tour
  • Food and Drinks

Tour Length

1 - 2 hours

Group Size

Up To 14 People

Tour Type

Small Group Tour

Tour's Location

Catacombe di San Callisto, Via Appia Antica, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

FAQs

Why Were The Roman Catacombs Built Underground?
Roman law didn't allow the dead bodies in the city's interior. The other reason can be to maintain more hygiene systems and land expenses. Therefore, Catacombs were located outside of Rome.
Are The Catacombs Fully Explored?
Apart from 100 years of investigation, a large part of the Catacombs is yet to explore. The researchers put the reason for it: the vast dimensions of Catacombs.
Do Catacombs Smell?
When you enter the Catacomb, the first thing you will notice is a subtle smell. It usually comes out of old stone churches. You can take this smell as the content of Catacombs.
Can You Touch The Bones In The Catacombs?
Because of the preservation point of view, you can't touch the bones. You can't even eat or drink in this area. Also, it's better to leave your pets outside the Catacombs.

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