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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
Audio guide/headphones
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:



  • 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.

Next, head to Vatican City to meet your guide at the second meeting point. 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.
  • Skip-the-line admission
  • Expert guide
  • Small-group tour
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation between the Catacombs and Vatican City
  • 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
• No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed in Vatican City
• Legs and shoulders must be covered for men and women
• You may be refused entry if you do not comply with the dress requirements
• Catacombs tour is partially located underground and may require passing through some narrow passageways
• Part of this tour operates underground, please bring a jumper/sweater to keep yourself warm
• 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
• Transportation between the Catacombs and Vatican City is not included
• Customers will have to travel independently to the second meeting point for the afternoon tour
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Roma Experience Tours

Product ID: 258552