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The Catacombs of St Callistus in Rome

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With your Rome City Pass you can experience one of the first Christian cemeteries from the 3rd century, the burial place of over 500,000 Christians, including 16 popes.

Already included in your Rome City Pass: a tour through one of Rome's catacombs

Discover the underground burial site of the early Christians from the 3rd century

About the tour:

The catacombs tour starts very centrally at Piazza Venezia in Rome. An open panoramic bus takes you comfortably to the catacombs. The catacombs were used by early Christians from the 3rd century AD. They served as a burial place and place of worship for the first Christians in Rome. An expert guide will lead you through the catacombs, which were carved directly into the rock. 

This tour takes you to some of the most unusual, mysterious and unusual places that the Eternal City has to offer. Discover the catacombs, which offer an extraordinary insight into the history of Rome. Your expert guide will tell you how this extensive network of underground passages, dating back almost 2,000 years to the 2nd century AD, once served as a burial ground and place of worship for the first Christians in Rome. 

About the Callistus Catacombs

This is one of the largest and most important underground cemeteries in Rome. It was used as official cemetery of the Church of Rome in the 3rd century AD. It is the burial sites of approx. around five hundred thousand Christians, and in the  Crypt of the Popes we find the graves of 16 popes who are buried here. 

The name Callistus Catacombs comes from the deacon Callistus, who was commissioned by Pope Zephyrinus to administer the cemetery at the beginning of the third century 

 

Highlights

  • Guided tour of the catacombs 
  • Return transfer in an open panoramic bus from the city centre to the catacombs 
  • 30-minute guided tour of the catacombs (Italian, English, French, Spanish and German). 
  • Be transported back to ancient times as you take a tour of the Catacombs in Rome 
  • Benefit from the transfer by open bus through a panoramic route 
  • Visit the extensive tunnels which were once a burial ground and place of worship 
  • Hear the fascinating history and stories of these sacred places from your guide 

 

Tour start times

Daily

Summer: 9:30/10:30/13:30/14:30 (18 march 2024 - 29 October 2024) 

Winter: 9:30/10:30/13:30 (2 January 2024 - 17 March 2024 and 30 October - 31 December 2024)

The tour takes about 2 hours. 

Tour times are subject to change, please check on site. 

Please note that there are no tours on 25 December, 1 January and Easter Sunday 

 

Reservation

Please go to one of the following ticket counters to book your ticket: 

TOURISTATION VATICANO, Viale Vaticano 97
(opening hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30 - 16:00).
Closed on religious holidays 

TOURISTATION NAVONA, Piazza Navona 25
(opening hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00), 

TOURISTATION PIAZZA VENEZIA, Piazza D'Ara Coeli 16, 00186 Roma
(opening hours: Monday to Sunday: April - October daily 9:00 - 17:00 November - March daily 9:00 - 15:00)

 

Important information

  • Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, French, German. 
  • Please note that the booking time refers to the meeting time at the Touristation office. 
  • The time chosen must be respected. Latecomers will not be accommodated. 
  • It is forbidden to bring bottles, glasses containers, alcoholic beverages, aerosols, large luggage or bags and pets. 
  • Due to the delicate nature of the surroundings, travellers cannot visit the catacombs independently; all visits must be part of a guided group 
  • Catacomb tours are not recommended for travellers who may get claustrophobic due to the small spaces
  • Catacombs are holy places, so guests should dress appropriately: all should cover their shoulders and knees. 
  • It’s best also to have a light jacket, as it can get cold underground 

 

 

How to get there

Metro: Line B to Colosseo

Meeting Point:

TOURISTATION PIAZZA VENEZIA, Piazza D'Ara Coeli 16, 00186 Roma Italy
(Next to Piazza Venezia. Facing the Vittorio Emanuele Building, keep walking on the right hand side, cross the bus stop and the gardens. There is a small fountain in front of the office.) 

 

Address:

Meeting point: 

TOURISTATION PIAZZA VENEZIA: Piazza D'Ara Coeli 16 

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