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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. St. Peter's Basilica

Rome Catacombs and Vatican Tour

Product ID: 258552
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Experience all of Rome’s darkness – and its sublime beauty – on this Catacombs and Vatican tour. Journey from the depths of Rome’s Catacombs of Domitilla, through pagan Rome and the early Christian city, toward the brilliant light of Vatican City.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Audio guide/headphones
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the labyrinthian Catacombs of Domitilla
  • See a 4th-century church and ancient Temple of Mithras, below St. Clement
  • Discover the sublime beauty of Vatican City
  • Stand below Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Be awed by the artwork in the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica
Full description
Join this Rome Catacombs and Vatican Tour and enjoy skip-the-line access to Rome’s most unique religious sites. Your tour begins in the Catacombs of Domitilla. With your expert guide, in a small group of no more than 10, you’ll descend 50ft into Rome’s underworld. Admire beautiful examples of pagan and Christian art side-by-side.

Onwards to the Basilica of St Clement. This 11th-century Basilica is a beautiful mediaeval church with ancient wonders lying below. Admire the frescoes of the 4th-century Christian church and descend further to find an ancient Temple of Mithras; a pagan mystery cult.

You’ll next be transported to Vatican City. Enter the Vatican Museums to see some of the finest classical statuary and Renaissance art in the world. In the Sistine Chapel, you’ll experience the glory of Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoes firsthand. Then, head down a secret passage to St Peter’s Basilica, where the world’s largest church – an architectural wonder – awaits.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line admission
  • Expert guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Transportation between sights
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

MEETING POINT n. 1 @ 8:45am Meeting Point: At the crossroad between Via del Circo Massimo and Viale Aventino by the newsstand, near the sign "M" of the Metro. The subway station is called Circo Massimo, on the B line. MEETING POINT n. 2 @ 1:30pm Viale dei Bastioni di Michelangelo, 13 — in front of bookstore Maraldi. The closest subway station, just a couple of blocks away is Ottaviano on the A line. ---- The tour of the Catacombs will end around noon, near the Colosseum. You will have 1.5 hours to reach the second meeting point near the Vatican. By taxi it takes or subway it takes about 15 minutes.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Open-toed shoes
Know before you go
• Please carry a valid form of photo ID with you: copy or photo of original document is allowed
• Vatican City is a place of worship and there's a strict dress code for the religious sights
• No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed; legs and shoulders must be covered for men and women
• You may be refused entry if you do not comply with the dress requirements.
• Please consider that the places visited in our Catacombs tour are partially located underground, and might require passing through some narrow passageways, therefore this tour is not recommended for people with claustrophobia
• Part of this tour operates underground, please do take a jumper/sweater to keep yourself warm
• This tour does not accommodate people with limited mobility or walking difficulties due to the steep staircases located along the way
• Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security checkpoint. Knives and weapons of self-defence are prohibited from entering
• Food and beverages are not permitted
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Roma Experience Tours

Product ID: 258552