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The 5 must-see catacombs 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.

Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter

Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter

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.

Catacombs of St. Callixtus

Catacombs of St. Callixtus

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.

Catacombs of St. Domitilla
Photo: Dennis Jarvis @Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Catacombs of St. Domitilla

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.

Catacombs of St. Sebastian
Photo: Darold Massaro @Flickr

Catacombs of St. Sebastian

Featuring incredible architecture and with a fantastic history, it is well worth taking a tour to this catacomb.

Catacombs of Commodilla

Catacombs of Commodilla

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.

Our insider tips

Check opening times in advance, which vary.

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!

How to get there

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.

Good to know

  • 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

Awesome bike ride in Rome and the surrounding countryside

This is a great bike ride with electric bikes through parts of Rome and the countryside. We loved seeing and riding along the Aqueducts. The electric bike s made the ride much easier but it is still a good workout pedaling.

Ancient Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs Bike Tour Reviewed by Michael, 16/10/2018

Well organised by friendly informative staff

After initial mix up re pick up time all went very well and felt looked after. An brief tour of the catacombs and 2 basilicas which was enough for us. The guides are fantastic and managed to keep us all together and to time! Well worth it if trying to cram as much as poss into your trip

Catacombs of Rome and Grand Basilicas Half-Day Tour Reviewed by Suzanne, 09/10/2018

An insightful experience not to be missed!

Shannon our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and thus added to our overall experience. The tour gave us incredible insights into Roman life and Christian life after death beliefs. Our Insight into Roman street life really put the life and times of the Roman Empire into perspective. We loved it!

Rome: Catacombs and Crypts Small Group Minibus Tour Reviewed by Stephen, 07/10/2018

Fascinating tour, catacombs so vast, amazing ancient frescoes

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!

3 Sites in 3 hours Great way to see a lot in a little time

The tour was prompt, the tour guide was very personable as well as knowledgeable. He kept us on track but made sure we did not feel too rushed. The bus driver did a great job getting us to and from each site. Well done!

Catacombs and the Appian Way - Day Trip from Rome Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 23/09/2018

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