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The 5 must-see catacombs in Rome

Whether it's a longing for a deeper sense of Rome's past, a chance to explore the underground tunnels of the city, or just morbid curiosity, exploring these subterranean burial sites is a must do, so here are our top five sites to see.

Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter

Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter

Christian martyrs Marcellinus and Peter are buried here, which is where the tomb receives its name. With a wonderful history and impressive art work, it's a perfect stop to make.

Catacombs of St. Callixtus

Catacombs of St. Callixtus

This is the most popular of all the catacombs, where you'll find the burial sites of many martyrs and 16 popes, not to mention early Christian frescoes.

Catacombs of St. Domitilla
Photo: Dennis Jarvis @Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Catacombs of St. Domitilla

The only catacombs still to contain bones, these are also some of the oldest, largest and most impressive. Included here, as well, is a 2nd century fresco of the last supper.

Catacombs of St. Sebastian
Photo: Darold Massaro @Flickr

Catacombs of St. Sebastian

Featuring incredible architecture and with a fantastic history, it is well worth taking a tour to this catacomb.

Catacombs of Commodilla

Catacombs of Commodilla

The greatest draw to this catacomb is one of the earliest images of the bearded Christ. This tomb also originally held the relics of Saints Felix and Adauctus.

Our insider tips

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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