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Top sights in Rome
Whether it's a longing for a deeper sense of Rome's past, a chance to explore the underground tunnels of the city, or just morbid curiosity, exploring these subterranean burial sites is a must do, so here are our top five sites to see.
Christian martyrs Marcellinus and Peter are buried here, which is where the tomb receives its name. With a wonderful history and impressive art work, it's a perfect stop to make.
This is the most popular of all the catacombs, where you'll find the burial sites of many martyrs and 16 popes, not to mention early Christian frescoes.
The only catacombs still to contain bones, these are also some of the oldest, largest and most impressive. Included here, as well, is a 2nd century fresco of the last supper.
Featuring incredible architecture and with a fantastic history, it is well worth taking a tour to this catacomb.
The greatest draw to this catacomb is one of the earliest images of the bearded Christ. This tomb also originally held the relics of Saints Felix and Adauctus.
Some of the catacombs are closed on certain days of the week, so be sure to check in advance that the site you wish to visit is open!
A great many of the most important catacombes are located on the Via Appia, and it's very easy to access by foot or the hop on, hop off Archeobus service.
- When should I visit?
- Opening hours vary, please check times of individual catacombs you wish to visit.
- Is it expensive?
- Ticket prices vary by location.
- Will I need a guide?
- Some entrance fees include a guided tour, please see individual catacomb listings.
- How to get there
- Walk along the Via Appia, or take the hop on, hop off bus!
- Additional information
- ** Varied hours mean advanced planning is key!*
What people are saying about Catacombs of Rome
Overall tour content was very good and organization was excellent. Venues visited are exceptional and make the tour worthwhile. We missed the other larger coaches going to the Catacombs by going there first. Our group beat the rush at that venue. Very nicely done. Guide at Catacombs very knowledgeable and excited about her job. We had 2 French ladies on our tour that needed French translations which our guide (Antonio) provided very nicely. However, he didn't outline to the group very well that he would need to provide narration in English and then in French. A man from Miami, Florida become upset with Antonio giving 'too much' explanation in French. Thought guide was spending more time in French when he should concentrate on the 95% of the group that spoke English. Antonio should have given the English details and asked the English to move to 'next spot' while he outlined details in French. Keep English busy while doing providing French. Organizational skills need some work.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable and exciting experience as the venues were recently featured in a documentary on British television but more importantly our guide, Mikaela was awesome. The pace of the tour was perfect and it was clear that Mikaela genuinely wished for everyone to have a great experience. She is a very knowledgeable woman who pitched the information sharing exercise perfectly by including a little humour along the way and some comparisons to the world we know today. I absolutely recommend this tour which included 3 sites, one of which was outside the city centre, and thus required a short coach journey (all included) to explore the catacombs beneath the roads of the suburbs. Thanks Mikaela - you were excellent!
Niccolo was a fantastic guide. He was friendly and knowledgeable on architecture, history and culture. We had my 15 and 11 year old son with us and could have spent the entire day riding around with him. The route took us out of Rome through the country and afforded beautiful vistas and close up encounters with Roman history not available in the tourist choked city. Although the day was hot, the E-bikes and the shade made our ride easy and cool. There were also frequent stops along the way for water and exploration, not to mention herds of goats and sheep that were using the same roads we were. Next time in Rome we want Niccolo for the whole day tour to the aquaducts. Can’t recommend this tour enough.
This tour was run very well. The equipment used is very good. The logistics of the tour were very good. The price was well worth the tour which included the bike rental, catacombs guided tour, lunch and a bike tour guide that gave us a good overview of the history. There was some riding in the city with the traffic, but I felt safe with our guide - Alessandro - at all times. I definitely would recommend, and may even do again when I come back to Rome with my family.
Andy was a very knowledgeable guide with a sense of humour. We were amazed by how extensive the catacombs were, tunnels leading off all over, the walls just riddles with loculi. The ancient frescoes were a great surprise, beautiful and amazingly well preserved - we were lead from one surprise to the next. Great tour!