Catacombs of Rome

Explore this ancient burial site comprising dozens of catacombs and miles of passageways beneath the streets of Rome.

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Rome: Roman Catacombs Semi-Private Tour

1. Rome: Roman Catacombs Semi-Private Tour

Meet your guide in the city center and head towards the Appian Way in a comfortable minivan. Reach one of the largest and oldest catacombs of Rome and venture 52 feet (16 meters) below the surface into the otherworldly crypts of Domitilla. Explore its endless maze of underground burial chambers, spread across 4 levels. Be captivated by ancient wall paintings of mythological and biblical figures and discover the religious symbolism of the frescoes. Learn about the shift from paganism to Christianity and hear about early martyrs and persecutions. Live the excitement of gradually exploring different layers of history. Complete your underworld experience in the 4th-century subterranean Basilica of Nereus and Achilleus. Then jump back in the minivan return to the city center.

Rome: Capuchin Crypts Skip-the-Line Ticket and Guided Tour

2. Rome: Capuchin Crypts Skip-the-Line Ticket and Guided Tour

Start your visit at the Capuchin Museums to learn about the place's culture and spirituality. Continue towards the Crypt of the Three Skeletons, the only area where the human skeleton can be seen in its unadorned entirety. Next, visit the Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones. Admire the Crypt of the Pelvises, which contains 2 Capuchins serenely reclining in an arched position. Look at the crosses on the ground, which mark the graves of the 7 Capuchins. Stroll through the Crypt of the Skulls and check out its famous hourglass. Learn about how, when the Capuchins left their old friary near the Trevi Fountain, they decided to transfer the bones of friars who had been buried under the Church of Saint Bonaventure. In accordance with Capuchin law, which did not allow burials to take place within the churches, an underground cemetery was designed. Here, they deposited the bones brought from the old friary. Since then, the crypt has been the burial place of the Capuchins.

Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

3. Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 3-hour or 5-hour electric bike tour. Your guide will be waiting for you at Lungotevere delle Armi 44, where this wonderful adventure will begin. Your route is Via Appia Antica (Appian Way), one of the most important access roads of the city of the Roman Empire. You can follow your guide through imposing aqueducts, including landmarks such as the Catacombs of San Callisto, and will also cross the Regional Park of Appia Antica. You have the option to take a 3-hour tour by electric or manual bicycle, or can instead opt to choose the 5-hour tour which also includes a visit to the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

Rome: Catacombs of Saint Sebastian Guided Tour

4. Rome: Catacombs of Saint Sebastian Guided Tour

Wander through the ancient catacombs of Saint Sebastian that lay below the streets of Rome. Learn about their history and former uses as you walk among the tombs of prominent Christian leaders. In the company of an expert guide, walk through underground galleries and residential areas and admire remarkable wall decorations. Witness the burial spot of Saint Peter and Paul and admire the basilica built by Emperor Constantine in the shape of a Roman circus.

Rome: Catacombs Underground Tour, Ticket, and Transfer

5. Rome: Catacombs Underground Tour, Ticket, and Transfer

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 exciting places in Rome, the Catacombs. Accompanied by an expert guide, head off on an exclusive tour and appreciate this fascinating place's real story and mystery.  On 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 on 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 next to the Colosseum.

Rome: Catacombs of Priscilla Guided Tour

6. Rome: Catacombs of Priscilla Guided Tour

Discover the ancient Catacombs of Priscilla that lie beneath the streets of Rome. Learn about these interesting places as you walk among the tombs of martyrs and popes. Wander among the large and irregular galleries where ancient Christians once buried their dead. Visit the cryptoporticus with its Greek chapel and large underground chamber. Explore among the tombs of saints and other important religious figures martyred under various Roman emperors. Check out the basilica built by Pope St. Silverstro as well as hundreds of collected fragments of sarcophagi found during excavations.

Rome: Catacombs of Domitilla Guided Tour

7. Rome: Catacombs of Domitilla Guided Tour

Peer into the distant past and creep through the crypts and passages of the Catacombs of Domitilla. Follow your guide to learn of the chilling past of the ancient burial ground, which dates back to the first century. Discover the hidden treasures in each room which are prized by Roman historians. See exquisite frescoes by both Christian and pagan worshippers which are being carefully restored to this day. Appreciate the craftsmanship of the original builders and the dedication of present-day custodians, who tell the story of Rome’s conversion to Christianity. In the “Hypogeum of the Flavians”, pay respects at the tombs of the Christian members of the Domitilla family, and learn about their troubled past. On the second level, visit the only underground basilica in Rome, where the bodies of the Holy Martyrs Nereus and Achilleus lie. Learn about the ongoing efforts to recover the full expanse of these unique Catacombs, and the priceless artworks and artifacts that are stowed within.

Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

8. Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Enjoy priority admission on this 3-hour tour and experience all the major highlights of Vatican City! This popular tour includes the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. See one of the most important collections of art in the world at the Vatican Museums, which comprise more than 1,200 rooms. Highlights include the Rooms of Raphael, the Sistine Chapel and the ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard. The Sistine Chapel is located at the far end of the galleries and your guide will ensure that you get there quickly, while seeing the most important masterpieces along the way.

Rome: Guided Underground Tour

9. Rome: Guided Underground Tour

Find the concealed side of the ancient city of Rome on a guided tour of the Catacombs. Descend into the Navona Underground and explore the former circus in all its glory. Look at unpublished photographs of the Stadium of Domitan and examine discovered artifacts from the days of the Roman empire. Begin in Venice Square, next to Town hall and step into a VIP minibus ready to transport you to the Catacombs. Learn of this second century response to the land shortage for burial sites. Snake through the extensive network of tunnels, once a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome. Enter Navona Underground by descending 5 meters below street level to explore it in all of its dimensions. Receive details about the travertine blocks, brickwork, and marble columns of the main entrances, away from the towering monuments of the above ground city. Travel back in time and look at a selection of unpublished photos, 3D reconstructions, videos, and informative panels that tell the story of the Stadium of Domitian. Learn about the development of the site into its current piazza, as well as the evolution of ancient Roman sports. Access many artifacts found during archaeological excavations like fragments of sculptures and a torso made from Pentelic marble from the quarries of Penteli. Finish the day at Venice Square to explore the upper grounds.

Rome: Catacombs & St Clement's Underground Semi-Private Tour

10. Rome: Catacombs & St Clement's Underground Semi-Private Tour

Explore 2 contrasting underground sights with an expert guide. Discover a hidden gem 14m below St. Clement’s Basilica and descend into the twisty tunnels of the Roman Catacombs. Meet your guide in front of St. Clement's Basilica and venture deep underground below its foundations into a mystical world of ancient cults and legends. Journey through several layers of history and earth, down to 14 meters below ground. Live the excitement of gradually exploring the later structures built on top of it on your way up to the surface. Go back in time down to the deepest point and discover the best-preserved Mithraic temple of the city. Touch the waters of an underground stream before going higher into the remains of the 4th Century Basilica, built on top of the martyr’s house and below the actual one. Walking along its imposing walls, you will be fascinated by the ancient frescoes while learning about the scenes and lives of the martyrs they portray. Then you will journey outside the city walls to one of the largest and most ancient catacombs, the otherworldly crypts of Domitilla. Descend 16 meters below the surface and explore the accessible part of its vast labyrinth of underground burial chambers and galleries revealing the shift of faith from paganism to Christianity.

Planning Your Visit

  • Check opening times in advance, which vary.

    Some of the catacombs are closed on certain days of the week, so be sure to check in advance that the site you wish to visit is open!

  • How to get there

    A great many of the most important catacombes are located on the Via Appia, and it's very easy to access by foot or the hop on, hop off Archeobus service.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Opening hours vary, please check times of individual catacombs you wish to visit.
  • Is it expensive?
    Ticket prices vary by location.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Some entrance fees include a guided tour, please see individual catacomb listings.
  • How to get there
    Walk along the Via Appia, or take the hop on, hop off bus!
  • Additional information
    ** Varied hours mean advanced planning is key!*

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What people are saying about Catacombs of Rome

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,801 reviews

What a fun and amazing tour this was! Our guide, Alberto, was so easy to talk to, and had lots of good information and stories to share. Riding the ebike was just fun - amazing how manageable the hills of Rome are with an assist on the bike! The catacombs were incredible to see - and the views from the property housing the catacombs were stunning. I don't think we would have seen any of this part of Rome had we not done this trip, this way. Even the ride from the river, through Rome to get to the Appian way was full of incredible sights. There was a great little restaurant where we stopped for lunch - delicious! Highly recommend this tour if you like bikes and want to see a lot of things in just 5 hours!!

TopBike’s tour of the Appian Way with our guide Alessandro, was a highlight of our Italian trip. Safe, informative, and fun- Alessandro guided our small group through city streets, ancient roads, and country side with ease and humor. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome, and we would absolutely do it again.

Our guide was very good at explaining the history of tour destinations and our driver was very good at navigating the streets of Roma.

Fascinating tour with knowledgeable and very humorous guide. Well organized and very professional. I would highly recommend.

Amazing experience. Not quite what we were expecting but truly fascinating.