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Rome: Guided Tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus

Product ID: 390972
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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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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
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First, listen to the history of the catacombs: from their origin to their decline, and their rediscovery in the modern era. You will also learn how they were dug and administrated.

Going down, you will enter the crypt of the Popes of the 3rd century, where 5 of the 9 tombstones of the bishops of Rome who were buried here are still preserved. You will then admire a wonderful 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 initially buried. The guide will tell you her inspirational history while you will contemplate the frescoes that decorate the crypt and a precious copy of the statue made by Maderno, depicting the body of the martyr when a reconnaissance was made in 1599.

From the crypt of Santa Cecilia, you will continue your tour  through the oldest part of the catacomb, admiring its majestic galleries and the beautiful cubicles of "sacraments".

Finally, you will walk through the maze of tunnels dug in peacetime, trying to find your way out. Along the way, you will be able to see various archaeological finds of funeral furniture before coming up to see the sunlight again.
Includes
  • Entry fee
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

You can reach the Catacombs with public transportation from Termini (bus 714) and from the Colosseum (bus 118) Please arrive 5 minutes before the activity starts.

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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

From £8.48 per person

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Istituto Salesiano San Callisto

Product ID: 390972