Catacombs of Saint Sebastian

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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

First, listen to the history of the catacombs: from their origin to decline, and their rediscovery in the modern era. Learn how they were dug and administrated. 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: Catacombs of Saint Sebastian Guided Tour

2. 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.

Catacomb of St. Callixtus and Appian Way: Guided Tour

3. Catacomb of St. Callixtus and Appian Way: Guided Tour

Traveling by bus and on foot, this 3-hour guided tour takes you beyond the city walls of Rome, through the ancient tunnels of the city’s catacombs. You will travel along the rustic Appian Way, and under the arches of the aqueducts of antiquity. Constructed nearly 2,000 years ago as the burial chambers for early Christians, the catacombs reveal burial niches, mosaics, and sarcophagi, as well as ancient religious drawings While in San Callisto, explore the Crypt of the Popes, and view some of the very earliest Christian art. As Christianity became more popular in Rome, it became necessary to find a system for the burial of large of numbers of people, the majority of whom lacked money to pay for elaborate tombs and mausoleums. The solution was found in the friable tufa rock around the city. From the 2nd through to the 5th-Centuries, 60 catacomb complexes were dug, each occupying several layers, and 2 of which were designated for Jews. Out of the total number of catacombs, 5 of the Christian complexes regularly open to the public, giving you a unique perspective on Ancient Rome, in an environment that you will never see in the city center.

Rome: E-Bike Tour with Locals

4. Rome: E-Bike Tour with Locals

Take a leisurely spin through Rome on a family-friendly tour that combines sport and history. Explore the city on two electric wheels and get to know the hidden corners of the city in less time. Ride a comfortable cycle past the Aventine Hill and visit the most romantic park of Rome: the orange park with an unforgettable view. Your bike tour continues to the interesting district Testaccio, where you can wonder at a pyramid. Pedal with your group to the next beautiful quarter: Trastevere and move up to the hill of Gianicolo. Visit the Jewish district and explore its small and authentic streets.

Rome: Appia Antica Walking Tour

5. Rome: Appia Antica Walking Tour

Take a guided walking tour of the Appia Antica and learn more about its historical importance for the Roman Empire. Stroll along part of the road which connected Rome to the port of Brindisi in the south, an important trading outpost. Your guide will reveal interesting historical anecdotes on the ancient ruins of the tombs and the imperial palace that you will meet on the way. See important sites such as the Sepolcro dei Festoni e del Frontespizio, Mausoleo Circolare, Tomb dei Rabiri, Tomb Figli Sesto Pompeo, Torre di Capo di Bove, and the Tomb of Cecilia Metella. Be captivated by the view of the magnificent ancient aqueducts and the Aurelian walls. Immerse yourself in nature in one of the most fascinating and evocative parks in the city.

Rome: Ancient Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs E-Bike Tour

6. Rome: Ancient Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs E-Bike Tour

Embark on a guided tour of the Roman countryside on an electric-assist bike. Admire remarkable locations from the 2,300-year-old Ancient Appian Way roads, to the Catacombs of S. Callisto. After a short urban ride, arrive at the Ancient Appian Way and pass ancient tombs and the ruins of an Imperial Palace. Along the way, your guide will point out interesting historical facts about each monument. Head underground to the Catacombs of S. Callisto (or S. Sebastiano) and uncover the haunting history within. Roam the ancient corridors and visit the Crypt of the Popes. Continue along the Appian Way, following the ancient aqueducts through the Roman countryside. Make your return journey back to central Rome where your tour will end.

Citavecchia: Catacombs of San Sebastiano and Callisto Tour

7. Citavecchia: Catacombs of San Sebastiano and Callisto Tour

Meet your guide and start the 50-minute drive outside of Rome to the tombs underneath Civitavecchia. Visit the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, the oldest Christian cemetery in Rome. Walk through the miles of underground passageways that make up this sacred site. Stand in the cavernous underground chambers where early Christians congregated. Hear about the burial practices of early Christians, and see religious symbols carved into the walls. Next, visit the Catacombs of San Callisto, the largest and most significant early Christian burial site in Rome. Travel back in time to the 2nd century and see the resting place of 10 martyrs, 16 popes, and hundreds of early Christians who died for their faith. Learn about the persecution of Christianity under the Romans as you walk through the underground labyrinth. Contemplate the faith of early believers in Christianity as you make your way through this somber resting place. Afterward, relax in the beautiful garden outside before returning to the port of Civitavecchia.

Appia Underground Adventure e-bike Tour

8. Appia Underground Adventure e-bike Tour

It’s time to go under the ancient city and have a different Roman story to tell your friends and family. Not many places in Rome are off the beaten track so we’re going underground to witness the wonders of the Ancient Appian way. This thrilling site is something that you would have never seen before: nature, art and history converge at their best. The epitome of Rome! The Aurelian Walls will pave the way to the most exciting tour our company will offer to its guests. Riding professional e-bikes through the meadows and archaeological sites of the Appia Antica Regional Park. You will descend 40 feet down a Roman Quarry that witnessed the passing of time. You will hear a long untold story. Quiet yet fascinating galleries which once hosted ancient roman catacombs were later turned into air raid shelters during the World War ll; you would not be able to witness such incredible and exclusive places without us. Furthermore, the perfectly preserved Saint Sebastian catacombs are one of a kind. They were accidentally discovered only 100 years ago. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore Rome in a non-traditional way.

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What people are saying about Catacombs of Saint Sebastian

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,503 reviews

Great way to see things you might not ordinarily see. 23 miles through city and county- but the guide Alessandro- did a great job helping us navigate and feel safe in the city sections. The bikes were clean and as comfortable as possible!

This is Great trip to see rome in a different way. Had so much fun during the experience and the guide alessandro had so much knowledge about buildings and history it made the trip Even better! 10/10 would recommend

Guide started right on time, spoke excellent English, waited for everyone before speaking, made sure we were all following along, pointed out all the highlights and answered all of our questions. Excellent tour!

I've been to the catacombs with my family. The tour lasts about forty minutes, the environment is not stuffy and the Italian guide is very well prepared. Value for money 10

A great way to see some of the major sites outside the center of Rome. Our guide Klaas was wonderful: very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and kind. We would definitely recommend!