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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!*

What people are saying about Catacombs of Rome

Overall rating
4.1 / 5
based on 3,174 reviews

My first visit abroad-and so,so 'worth it'!

This was an amazing tour and just what I had hoped for. I have pain/difficulty walking and stair-climbing but managed - worthwhile! Our Guide, Leonardo, was super, a lovely chap and so enthusiastic and helpful (he could also tell us on the mini-bus about the food of Italy. As this was my very first visit (and would now be encouraged to return!) it was a lovely wee respite from the ancient Catacombs. For myself, the two small bus journeys across the busy streets between venues was a pleasant little 'break'. In all - GREAT. And thanks to all, Heather.

Rome: Catacombs and Crypts Small Group Minibus Tour Reviewed by

Small group, awesome views and Adriana is a great guide!

We were lucky we were the only ones on the tour. We are Dutch so used to cycling and able to cover lots of ground. Adriana showed is beautiful things, knew a lot and is a very enthusiastic great guide. Rome is awesome and going more outside the city it is beautiful. Cycling one of of Rome’s oldest roads is awesome. I would definitely recommend this!!

Rome: Appia Antica 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Reviewed by

A great trip with a fantastic guide Carmen!

We had a great experience to go by bike to the Catacombs and saw the beautiful countryside with a fantastic guide Carmen! We will recommend this trip by bike to our friends! Carmen are so well educated in the historiy of Rom. The bike was great and the food taste good! This edventure was the best day of our trip!

Great excursion! Never realized what’s under Rome!

I went into this excursion not understanding at all what the catacombs were. Once the story unfolded it was less of a fear. History will always be history but to see it live changed my thoughts and opinions on seeing bones.

Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel Visit Reviewed by

Maybe there was too much information which was not always relevant.

A very well organised tour. Our Philippino guide was very good value. I think we all appreciated the excellent commentary spiced with a keen sense of humour.

Catacombs & St John in Lateran Combo Tour Reviewed by

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