Guided tour

Rome: Official Guided Tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus

Rome: Official Guided Tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus

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Discover the immense underground cemetery excavated by the Christians of Rome from the 3rd to the 5th century AD. Learn about the tragic persecution of Christians by Roman emperors with a guide.

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Duration 40 minutes
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English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Contemplate the crypt of the Popes and the crypt of St. Cecilia
  • Marvel at the oldest Christian frescoes discovered in Rome
  • Explore the labyrinth of narrow galleries
Full description
First, listen to the history of the catacombs: from their origin to their decline, and their rediscovery in the modern era. You will also learn how they were dug and administrated. Going down, you will enter the crypt of the Popes of the 3rd century, where 5 of the 9 tombstones of the bishops of Rome who were buried here are still preserved. You will then admire a wonderful slab of marble where some famous verses of Pope Damasus were engraved. Next, cross a narrow arch and enter the crypt where St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music was initially buried. The guide will tell you her inspirational history while you will contemplate the frescoes that decorate the crypt and a precious copy of the statue made by Maderno, depicting the body of the martyr when a reconnaissance was made in 1599. From the crypt of Santa Cecilia, you will continue your tour  through the oldest part of the catacomb, admiring its majestic galleries and the beautiful cubicles of "sacraments". Finally, you will walk through the maze of tunnels dug in peacetime, trying to find your way out. Along the way, you will be able to see various archaeological finds of funeral furniture before coming up to see the sunlight again.
Includes
  • Entry fee
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

You can reach the Catacombs with public transportation from Termini (bus 714) and from the Colosseum (bus 118) Please arrive 5 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • You will climb 50 irregular steps to reach the floor of the galleries. There is no elevator.
  • GetYourGuide customers can benefit from discounts at the Catacombs bookshop from 5% to 10% based on the product (with a minimum purchase of 10€)
  • The tour might not start during bad weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 213 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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Our guide was Klaus, a very experienced and personable man who explained a lot to us about this impressive place. I was very fascinated and because of me the tour could have lasted even longer, we actually were on the road for 40 minutes exactly as stated. It was very refreshing to be in the cool underground in the hot temperatures :) Highly recommended !!!

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September 1, 2021

It was the best visit I ever made. I think anyone who goes to Rome should not miss this chance. The problem was the lack of information about the bus, there are two. Well, we must pick one up at Termini, and pick up another one at Plaz S. Giovanni (218)

August 30, 2021

The underground system of graves is overwhelming and in my opinion it is a must see. Super thanks again to the people on site. We came a little late because of the bus and the German guide was already gone. We were allowed to join an English-speaking one without any problems.

August 11, 2021

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