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Rome: Catacombs & Underground Tour, Ticket, & Bus Transfer

Product ID: 336601
Discover one of the most exciting and visited places in Rome, the Catacombs on the Ancient Appian Way. See the evidence of a prominent and fascinating past which has left a long lasting legacy.
About this activity
Duration: 150 minutes
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover a subterranean world, where, for centuries, Jews and Christians have looked after their dead
  • Admire ancient frescoes and crypts covered in inscriptions
  • See niches with the remains of skeletons, small mausoleums, sarcophagi, tombs, and much more
  • Admire the burial grounds of famous people like popes, martyrs, and, according to legends, even some apostles
Full description
Embark on an in-depth experience, during which you'll discover the legacy of a prominent and fascinating past. Beginning from the meeting point near the Colosseum, relax on a transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle to one of the most interesting places in Rome, the Catacombs. Accompanied by an expert guide, head off on an exclusive tour and appreciate the real story and mystery of this fascinating place. 

On the tour, travel through time to discover a hidden and parallel world in which, for centuries, Jews and Christians have looked after and venerated the dead. Pass by the majestic Aurelian Walls to come to the archaeological area of the Ancient Appian Way.

Deep in the green Roman countryside, descend into the ancient world of the Catacombs, a complex network of underground tunnels among the longest in the world, occupying an area of about fifteen hectares and consisting of about 37 miles of tunnels on several levels. The specific catacomb visited, San Calisto, San Sebastiano, or Santa Domitilla, will depend on the day.

In any of the catacombs, you will have the opportunity to see ancient frescoes, crypts with inscriptions carved in the walls, niches with the remains of skeletons, small mausoleums, sarcophagi, tombs, and small chapels, which still today, after about 2,000 years, are used to celebrate religious rites. After the tour, back in the sunlight, your driver will take you back to the original starting point in Via Della Polveriera.
Includes
  • Transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Driver
  • 40-minute guided Catacombs tour with a maximum of 25 participants
  • All fees and taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Guide during the transfer
Not suitable for
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The local partner's office is located at Via Della Polveriera N. 8, above the Colosseum metro station (Largo Gaetana Agnesi). Once you are in Largo Gaetana Agnesi, cross the small pedestrian bridge and walk just a few steps from the end of it to find the meeting point.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Baby strollers
  • Food and drinks
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• A maximum of 14 people permitted per booking
• Your driver is not a guide
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the insurmountable architectural barriers of the monument
• This tour is not recommended for those who have serious walking problems; there are irregular steps, there will be no possibility to sit during the route, and there is no elevator
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February 21, 2020

You are paying them to drive you to the catacombs. the tickets are €8 and include a guide. Might want to explore whether there is a more affordable option. our driver was very nice and pointed out a few sights, not necessarily worth €36 per person. Also the tour was to be approximately 150 minutes, ours took 90 minutes at most (2-3:30, but the other 3 people on our tour were a few minutes late)

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February 18, 2020

The catacombs were very impressive. But what the tour has to do with the subway remains a mystery! The title of the tour is therefore somewhat misleading.

December 29, 2019

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