1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Catacombs of Saint Sebastian

Rome: Catacombs, Appian Way & Aqueduct Park Small Group Tour

Product ID: 50928
Discover a secret world beneath the streets of Rome on a 3-hour coach tour of the Catacombs of St. Sebastian. Travel along the Appian Way, one of the most historic roads of Ancient Rome, and see the stunning aqueducts of the Appian Park.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
German, English, French
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, English, French, German
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the underground burial chambers of early Christians in Rome
  • See the stunning aqueducts of the Appian Way
  • Learn where the apostles St. Peter and St. Paul are thought to have been buried
  • Travel along one of the most historic roads of the Roman Empire
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Cecilia Metella Tomb
Full description
Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire on a 3-hour coach tour of the Catacombs of St. Sebastian and Appian Way, and see the Cecilia Metella Tomb and Aqueduct Park.

Depart for the catacombs by air-conditioned coach, traveling in groups of no more than 16 people. Drive into the beautiful Latium countryside, stopping en route at the Basilica of St. Sebastian. According to legend, the basilica’s catacombs once held the bodies of the apostles of St. Peter and St. Paul during the persecutions.

Your guide will give you an introduction to the church façade, before taking you inside to see the tomb and sculpture of Saint Sebastian. Then, descend to the catacombs, the 1st burial site of the Appian Way. See where the bodies were buried in the loculi and niches of 5 levels.

Continue along the Via Appia, looking for the marks of chariot wheels from the Roman Republic. Arrive at the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, built in the 1st century BC to honor the daughter of the Roman Consul, Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus. Learn how it later became a castle for the Caetani family, a princely family with close ties to the papacy.

Next, go to see the largest aqueducts of the Roman Empire at the magnificent Aqueduct Park. See an aqueduct that still supplies water to this day, and gaze at the aqueduct arches as they stretch over miles.
Includes
  • Transportation by modern air-conditioned coach
  • Licensed guide
  • Entrance fees to the Catacombs of St. Sebastian
What’s Not Included
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, close to the "Repubblica" Metro station. Your guide will be holding a "Mea Tours" sign

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please note that this tour operates with a maximum of 16 guests per guide
• Good walking shoes is a must
• Please bring an umbrella, in case of rain
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible, due to the nature of the route
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 155 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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We did this tour with Massimo and Serena. Very interesting in the proposed tour, the Catacombs are really beautiful. It was an exciting experience. The rest of the tour, having as its destination the Appian Way, the Aqueduct Park and the surrounding monuments was equally valid. Dear, competent the two companions, as well as very nice. Very professional and prepared the guide. Recommended.

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August 9, 2019

Great to have a really knowledgeable guide ... Thanks Serena!

My sister and I were struggling to find our way around as many of Rome's fascinating historical sites as we could fit in, armed just with a map and a couple of guide books. We usually got lost on the way there or on the way back and might find ourselves staring down at a map or a book, distracted from the most glorious beauty and history that surrounded us. Our trip to the catacombs was a welcome change from that: we were taken in a bus and escorted around. The best thing though was out guide Serena whose knowledge of the relevant history was astounding. She was passionate and interesting and avoided being long winded. We could just listen and look and ask questions. I thoroughly recommend this tour.

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May 9, 2016

It was fabulous

We were thrilled with the tour and would recommend it to everyone. Our tour director went above and beyond the call of duty. She was amazing. So much information. Love it

June 1, 2019

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Product ID: 50928