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Roman Catacombs Tour

Explore the Roman catacombs, early Christian underground burial sites in Rome. Our tours guide you through historic churches, tunnels and chambers adorned with early Christian art and inscriptions, and the resting places of martyrs and saints.

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Half-day guided tour of Roman crypts and catacombs

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Small groups of 16 people or less

Entry to Museum and Crypts of Capuchins

Audio guided tour of the Museum and Crypts of Capuchins

Entry to Roman Catacombs

Entry to Basilica of San Nicola

All transfers in an air-conditioned coach bus

Entry to Catacombs

Entry to Holy Staircase

Entry to Basilica of St. John Lateran

Entry to St. Mary Major Church

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Round-trip transfers (from select hotels & city centre)

Entrance to the underground archaeological site of the Stadium of Domitian

Audioguide in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Russian

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Being able to see some of the most ancient churches from back in the day (and how eerily quiet and peaceful they are) was something I crossed off my checklist happily.
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This was sort of a spiritual trip (or so one might call) but honestly, as long as you can appreciate ancient artwork and historical importance, this is a trip one cannot miss
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It was a hugely interesting tour, even though I had already been to these same Catacombs over 7 years ago. The guide, Alan, was awesome, he answered all of our questions whilst giving an interesting and captavating history of not only the places we were visiting but of Rome aswell and was very helpful in getting us all moving in the right directions after the tour aswell. The tour was an experience I am not likely to ever forget and I definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to see more of Rome then just the big tourist spots.
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The stories about the several levels and how they were discovered, how the lower levels were used, and who walked on the same paths is really gripping. It excites you even more to know more
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Roman Catacombs Tour Guide

The Roman Catacombs is a treasure trove of historic and archaeological sites that are waiting to be explored beneath the city’s bustling streets. Walk off the beaten path and descend into the underground burial grounds, which are marked by an extensive labyrinth of tunnels and ancient artworks. It promises to be an experience unlike any other! Visitors flock to these ancient burial grounds as it holds the key to Rome’s most deeply-held secrets. On this page, you will find everything you need to know before planning your trip to this eerily splendid tourist attraction.
Planning to visit the historic Roman Catacombs? You can choose between specialized guided tours and combo tours. With a guided tour, you can enjoy perks like hotel transfers, audio guides, dining options, etc. Additionally, the tours are made available in multiple languages to ensure a convenient experience for everyone. On the other hand, combo tickets are designed as a more budget-friendly option. Although they do not have the benefit of a tour guide, these tickets accommodate more attractions and places of interest in one package.
Enrich your experience of the Roman Catacombs by being accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide. Utilize their expertise to learn about the ancient burial practices in Rome and decode the symbolisms of early Christendom, among other things. Guided tours are apt for visitors who want to dig deep into Rome’s past and get acquainted with all the skeletons in its closet.

Recommended experiences

  • The Original Rome Capuchin Crypts and Catacombs Tour
    Follow your English-speaking experienced guide as they lead you to three sacred burial grounds: Christian Catacombs, Capuchin ‘Bone Chapel’, and the Basilica San Martino Ai Monti in a single day. Feel amazed at the amazing frescoes and religious iconography at the Christian catacombs, Gagliardi's frescoes at the Basilica San Martino Ai Monti, and the one-of-its-kind skeletal artworks at Capuchin Bone Crypt.
  • Roman Basilicas and Underground Catacombs on the Appian way
    Take a deep dive into the history of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Western world’s oldest basilica, followed by an underground guided tour of the catacombs located along the historic Appian way. 
  • Guided Tour & Panoramic Bus Transfer to the Catacombs
    Join your tour guide on an amazing adventure through Rome’s underbelly and encounter a whole new world dominated by subterranean tunnels, mazes, and most importantly, stories of the dead.
  • Catacombs Admission Entrance with Guided Tour
    Visit the crypts in the St. Callixtus Catacomb where the earliest popes are laid to rest and uncover the secrets of the largest Roman Catacomb from your tour guide.  
The biggest draw of combo tickets is that you can combine your main attraction with one or more tourist attractions for a fraction of its total cost. It is ideal for first-time visitors, especially ones who want to pack in a lot of sightseeing in a short duration of time. With combo tickets, you get great value for money and also save precious time that you can put to good use elsewhere.

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  • Rome: Explorer City Pass
    With 17 varied experiences to choose from, you can get access to the city’s major tourist attractions like St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Rome Catacombs, Piazza Navona, etc. all in one Explorer City Pass!  
    Take complete control over your itinerary by choosing between a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7-choice pass and enjoy exploring the city at your own pace with a 60-day-long validity period.
  • Full-Day Combo: Crypts & Catacombs and Legends & Ghosts of Rome Tour
    Brace yourself for a day-long Roman adventure accompanied by an English-speaking guide who will take you to the underground Catacombs of Domitilla followed by the Capuchin Crypt and Museum. 
    Have an incredible time in Italy’s capital city by combining your trip to the underground cemeteries with a visit to the Basilica of San Clemente, Campo dei Fiori, Castel Sant'Angelo, and the Tiber River.

If you are looking for an in-depth tour

A guided tour is undoubtedly the most ideal way to visit the Roman Catacombs. These historic burial sites carry nearly 2000 years of history and can be best understood in the company of an experienced guide.

If you are looking to explore more in Rome

Combo tickets allow travelers to discover other attractions and parts of the city. With a combo ticket, you can follow up your trip to the Roman Catacombs with a tour of the Trevi Fountain, the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, or the Piazza Navona Underground.

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The Rome: Explorer City Pass ticket offers discounted ticket prices for children aged between 2 to 6 years. Just make sure to carry a valid photo ID proof.
What are the Roman Catacombs' opening timings?
The opening timings of the various catacomb sites are as follows:
Catacombs of San Sebastiano: 10 AM - 5 PM
Catacombs of San Callisto: 9 AM- 12 PM; 2 PM - 5 PM
Catacombs of Priscilla: 9 AM- 12 PM; 2 PM - 5 PM
Catacombs of Domitilla: 9 AM- 12 PM; 2 PM- 5 PM
Catacombs of Sant’Agnese: Thu-Fri 9 AM- 12 PM and 3 PM - 6 PM; Sat-Sun, 9 AM- 12 PM and 3 PM to 7 PM
When are the Roman Catacombs closed?
The catacomb sites are closed on the following days:
Catacombs of San Sebastiano: 1 January, December
Catacombs of San Callisto: Wednesdays
Catacombs of Priscilla: Mondays
Catacombs of Domitilla: Tuesdays, 1 January, Easter, Christmas, the morning of religious holidays
How long is a Roman Catacombs tour?
The duration for a Roman Catacombs Tour can be anywhere between 45 minutes to 3 and a half hours. A full-day tour might take you up to 8 hours and 30 minutes.
What is the best time to visit Roman Catacombs?
The best time to visit the Roman Catacombs is in the early mornings and late evenings.
Where are the Roman Catacombs located?
The Roman Catacombs are dispersed over several locations throughout the city of Rome. Here are the locations of the most popular attractions. 
  • Original Rome Capuchin Crypts and Catacombs Tour - Capuchin Crypt, Via Vittorio, Veneto, 27, Roma. 
  • The Roman Basilicas and Underground Catacombs on the Appian way - Catacombs of St. Callixtus Via Appia Antica, Rome, Roma.  
How do I get to the Roman Catacombs?
You may access the Roman Catacombs via the following routes:
  • Visitors can take a bus to reach the meeting point at The Roman Basilicas and Underground Catacombs on the Appian way. The bus numbers are 71, 360, 590 or 649 and the bus stop is Carlo Alberto. 
  • You can reach the meeting point at The Guided Tour & Panoramic Bus Transfer to the Catacombs by taking tram #8 to the Venezia stop. Another option is to ride bus # 30, 40, 44, 62, 63, or 8Bus to Ara Coeli/Piazza Venezia stop. 
  • Arrive at the meeting point of Catacombe S.Callisto by bus # 118 for the Catacombs Admission Entrance with Guided Tour.
Can I take the tram to Roman Catacombs?
To reach The Guided Tour & Panoramic Bus Transfer to the Catacombs, take Tram #8 and get down at the tram stop Venezia.
Can I take the bus to Roman Catacombs?
Yes, you may use these bus numbers for the following tours:
  • The Roman Basilicas and Underground Catacombs on the Appian way can be reached by bus #71, 360, 590, or 649. The closest bus stop is Carlo Alberto. 
  • Take the bus 8Bus, 30, 40, 44, 62, or 63 to the closest bus stop at Ara Coeli/Piazza Venezia for The Guided Tour & Panoramic Bus Transfer to the Catacombs. 
  • The closest bus stop for the Catacombs Admission Entrance with Guided Tour is Catacombe S.Callisto, which can be reached by bus 118.
Are the Roman Catacombs wheelchair accessible?
No, the Roman Catacombs are not wheelchair accessible.
Is a storage facility available at the Roman Catacombs?
The Roman Catacombs do not have any facilities for storage.
Is photography permitted at the Roman Catacombs?
Visitors are not permitted to take photographs at the Roman Catacombs.
Are outside food and drinks permitted inside the Roman Catacombs?
No, outside food and drinks are not permitted inside the Roman Catacombs.
What are my dining options at the Roman Catacombs?
The Full-Day Combo: Crypts & Catacombs and Legends & Ghosts of Rome Tour includes an authentic Italian dining option for ticket holders. If your Roman Catacombs tour does not include meal options, then you may eat at restaurants nearby.
Are return transfers included in my Roman Catacombs tickets?
The following ticket types include return transfers - The Original Rome Capuchin Crypts and Catacombs Tour, Full-Day Combo: Crypts & Catacombs and Legends & Ghosts of Rome Tour, Guided Tour & Panoramic Bus Transfer to the Catacombs, and Roman Basilicas and Underground Catacombs on the Appian way. 
Is there a dress code to visit Roman Catacombs?
Since the Roman Catacombs are religious sites, visitors are required to cover their shoulders and knees to maintain decorum. 
Rome boasts a complex network of underground catacombs that offer a precious look back in time to the early days of Christianity. These ancient burial grounds have inspired visitors’ awe with their intriguing iconography, astounding frescoes, and framed paintings. Let’s take a closer look at some of the stunning historic attractions.

Basilica San Martino Ai Monti

The Basilica San Martino Ai Monti is in close proximity to another remarkable site: the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica. Its history dates back to the 3rd century, followed by several restoration efforts that took place in the 4th, 6th, and 9th centuries. However, it was architect Filippo Gagliardi who transformed the basilica into its current form in the 1650s. The mesmerizing interiors are lined with glorious frescoes by Gagliardi and you will also find ancient Corinthian columns that harken back to its millennia-old past.

St. John Lateran

According to legends, the Scala Sancta is a set of 28 white marble steps that Jesus himself climbed to meet Pontius Pilate on the day of his crucifixion. They were allegedly transported from Pontius Pilate's palace in Jerusalem at the behest of emperor Constantine’s mother, St. Helen in 326 AD. Since then, the steps have become highly venerated and serve as an important site of pilgrimage for the faithful. At a close distance from the Holy Stairs, you will find the ornate 4th-century Basilica of Saint John Lateran.

Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini (The Bone Chapel)

The modest interiors of the 17th-century Roman church are a far cry from the ostentatious designs of other historic churches in the city. Its most striking feature, however, is the underground Capuchin crypt. Here, the skeletal remains of close to 4,000 Capuchin friars have been organized elaborately to fashion a macabre work of art. You may also feel startled at the few skeletons that are dressed up in Franciscan habits. It is undeniably a spine-chilling experience and not for the faint-hearted! 

St. Callixtus Catacomb

The St. Callixtus Catacomb is one of the most distinguished catacombs of Rome city. It is the final resting place of more than 500,000 Christians, including many martyrs as well as 16 popes. In the 3rd century AD, it was the official cemetery of the Church of Rome. During your visit, make sure to see the crypt of St. Cecilia, who is renowned as the popular patron saint of music.
The ancient city of Rome has plenty more to offer visitors in addition to the Roman Catacombs. Check out other equally fascinating visitor attractions that you can add to your travel list while in the city.

Trevi Fountain Tours

The architect Nicola Salvi’s Baroque masterpiece is a sight to behold in a city that is already teeming with architectural wonders! Standing 26.3 meters high and 49.15 meters wide, the fountain’s dramatic setting features Oceanus (the Greek sea god) flanked by Tritons (or mermen), seahorses, and other figures from Greek mythology. While there, remember to toss a coin in the fountain waters for a guaranteed visit back to this captivating city! You can start exploring this gorgeous fountain and its underground archaeological site at the earliest with Trevi Fountain tickets.

Castel Sant Angelo

The cylindrical towering structure known as Castel Sant Angelo was built as a mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 139 AD. However, it has assumed different identities and purposes over the subsequent centuries. This fortress-turned-castle-turned-museum highlight is the remaining fragments from the original tomb of Hadrian. Also, the staggering Bronze statue of Archangel Michael perched on the rooftop is truly bewitching. Book your Castel Sant Angelo tickets and get an in-depth look into its many transformations throughout the structure’s nearly 2000 years of existence. 

Borghese Gallery

The works of art housed at Borghese Gallery predominantly comprise the private art collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Pablo V. The gallery is adorned with several sculptures by Bernini including the stunning Apollo and Daphne statue from the 1620s. You will also come across an invaluable collection of classical antiques, ancient sculptures, and Renaissance paintings by the likes of Caravaggio, Rubens, Canova, da Vinci, Titian, and Raphael. Invest in the Borghese gallery tickets as it promises to be great value for money.

Palazzo Barberini

Only a short distance away from the Capuchin Crypt is the spacious Palazzo Barberini, which dates back to 1633. Housed within its interiors is the National Gallery of Ancient Art featuring the most comprehensive collection of older paintings belonging from the 13th to 18th centuries. With Palazzo Barberini tickets, you can marvel at the works of Renaissance masters like Raphael, Caravaggio, and Hans Holbein, whose exemplary paintings make up the collection. Equally remarkable works of art found here are Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s square stairwell as well as Borromini’s oval spiral staircase. 

Apostolic Palace

Take the opportunity to visit the official residence of the pope at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. The extravagant 17th-century villa boasts lavish rooms, private gardens, ornate fountains, exquisite paintings, spell-binding frescoes, etc. You can witness the extraordinary Sistine Chapel along with the Raphael Rooms, Clementine Hall, and Borgia Apartments under one roof! The Apostolic Palace tickets offer you the rare chance to learn about important historical relics, liturgical vestments, and religious artifacts present throughout this magnificent palace.

Are Roman Catacombs tickets available online now?

Tickets to the Roman Catacombs are available online at all times.

What are the different types of Roman Catacombs tickets and tours?

In our ticket collection of Roman Catacomb tours, we have guided tours and walking tours. Guided tours will entitle you to admission into the catacombs and a tour guide who will give you an in-depth understanding of the site. On a walking tour, you may visit multiple sites in the city before venturing to the catacombs. Many tickets include meal options and transfers as well.

Are return transfers included in my Roman Catacomb tours?

Yes, return transfers are available in our Roman Catacomb guided tours and walking tours.

Are guided Roman Catacombs tours available?

Tour guides can help enlighten visitors about the rich and extensive history of Roman Catacombs and enrich the overall sightseeing experience for first-time visitors. There are four different guided tours to choose from. They are The Original Rome Capuchin Crypts and Catacombs Tour, Roman Basilicas and Underground Catacombs on the Appian way, Guided Tour & Panoramic Bus Transfer to the Catacombs and the Catacombs Admission Entrance with Guided Tour.

What are Roman Catacombs' timings?

Find the timings of various Roman Catacomb sites here:
Catacombs of San Sebastiano: 10 AM - 5 PM
Catacombs of San Callisto: 9 AM- 12 PM; 2 PM - 5 PM
Catacombs of Priscilla: 9 AM- 12 PM; 2 PM - 5 PM
Catacombs of Domitilla: 9 AM- 12 PM; 2 PM- 5 PM
Catacombs of Sant’Agnese: Thu-Fri 9 AM- 12 PM and 3 PM - 6 PM

How do I get to Roman Catacombs?

You can easily reach the Roman Catacombs by using the following means of transportation.
  • Bus
    For the Roman Basilicas and Underground Catacombs on the Appian way: Bus # 71, 649, 590, or 360 to the Carlo Alberto bus stop.
    For the Guided Tour & Panoramic Bus Transfer: Hop on bus # 40, 30, 44, 63, 62, or 8Bus and get down at the Ara Coeli/Piazza Venezia.
    For the Catacombs Admission Entrance with Guided Tour: the bus number is 118 and the nearest stop is Catacombe S.Callisto.
  • Tram
    For the Guided Tour & Panoramic Bus Transfer: take tram number 8 and alight at the Venezia stop.

What is the best time to visit Roman Catacombs?

The best time to visit the Roman Catacombs is in the early mornings and late evenings.

What are the best catacombs to go for in Rome?

The Capuchin Crypts and the Catacombs of St. Callixtus are among some of the most popular catacombs in Rome.

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