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

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

Uncover the secrets of ancient Rome, hidden in its underground cemeteries. Join a guided tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, excavated by the Christians between the 3rd and 5th centuries. Learn about the mysterious origins of this site and its rediscovery in the modern era. Enter the crypt of the 3rd-century Popes, where 5 of the 9 tombstones of Rome's bishops who were buried here are still preserved. Then admire a 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 first buried. Be inspired by her history while contemplating the crypt's decorative frescoes and a copy of the statue made by Maderno, depicting the martyr's body when a reconnaissance was made in 1599. From the crypt of Santa Cecilia, continue your tour through the oldest part of the catacomb. Admire its majestic galleries and the beautiful cubicles of "sacraments". Finally, walk through the maze of tunnels dug in peacetime, trying to find your way out. Along the way, see various archaeological finds of funeral furniture before coming up to see the sunlight again.

Rome: VIP Catacombs Night Tour with Capuchin Crypts

2. Rome: VIP Catacombs Night Tour with Capuchin Crypts

Located under the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini Church, the Capuchin Crypts are the first stop on your tour. There you will see the macabre catacombs, where 3,700 Capuchin monks are buried in elaborate bone structures. Many of these structures are built to represent Christian symbols, and as your guide will explain, it has caused some controversy. You will then walk on the same road that Roman armies walked along millennia ago. One of the original seven roads into Rome, the Appian Way went from all the way to Brindisi in modern day Puglia. On the way to the Catacombs and Appian Way you will visit the Aurelian Walls from the comfort of your climate-controlled vehicle. Burial practices in ancient Rome were one of the most controversial topics of that time period. Christianity was a new religion at the time, with a fundamental belief that your spirit ascended to heaven after death. With the city not allowing burials within the city limits and most people (Pagans) being cremated after death, the Christians needed a new solution. They decided to build a system of underground tunnels where they could bury their dead in a legally and religiously sound manner. On this after-hours visit you’ll see what are often known as the “Queen of Catacombs", which stretch for over five miles. After entering the almost entirely empty catacombs, your guide will provide insight on the biblical art inside. Most famously, you’ll see early inscriptions such as "Moses striking water from a rock", "the Madonna and Child", and "the Sacrifice of Isaac".

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What people are saying about Catacombs of Priscilla

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,800 reviews

The guide was very nice, knowledgeable and quite funny :) The catacombs are definitely worth a visit, they are such an interesting place and their historic worth is immense. A memorable experience and it was lovely to see people treat the place with so much respect, as it really is a resting place for the dead

Everything was fine, the instructions were clear, great guide (Polish). Not that far from the city center by Bus, easy to find. If you arrive earlier, sometimes they let you in with the earlier group.

The tour was fascinating and just enough time to be underground. I recommend bringing a mask. The musty smell gets a bit much after a while, if you are sensitive to smells.

Very good, the tour time was adequate, 30-45 min, and the catacombs impressive. They have tours in various languages.

Really enjoyable and informative. Don, our guide, was great.