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Opening hours

Individual opening days vary, but most are open:

9:00am-12:00pm and then 2:00pm-5:00pm.

San Sebastiano is closed on Sundays, San Callisto on Wednesdays and throughout February, and Sant’Agnese on Sundays and throughout November. Entry to all five (San Sebastiano, San Callisto, Santa Domitilla, Santa Priscilla and Sant’Agnese) costs €8.00 each, or €5.00 for under 15s.

How to get there

Via Appia Antica, 110/126, 00179 Roma RM, Italy

The five sites are located in two clusters. San Sebastiano is at Via Appia 136. You can take the 118, 218 or 660 buses. San Callisto is close by at Via Appia Antica 110/126, as well as Santa Domitilla at Via della Sette Chiese 282. Santa Priscilla and Sant’Agnese are close to the Villa Ada Savoia park – you can get the metro to these at Libia and walk for about 15 minutes.


What is the history of the catacombs?
The Romans built the catacombs outside of the original city limits (although now within modern Rome) as a place to bury their dead. Traditions forbade them to inter their dead within the city walls at the time. Roman rites originally favoured cremation, but rich citizens gradually came to prefer having their remains preserved in elaborate sarcophagi. As Christianity came to take over paganism, the catacombs were still used to bury the dead. After the fall of the Roman Empire it wasn’t until the 18th century that the catacombs were rediscovered.
What can I find in each of the five catacombs?
San Callisto houses the Crypt of the Popes, where nine pontiffs’ remains have been laid to rest. In San Sebastiano, you’ll discover frescoes dating from as far back as the 4th century. Santa Domitilla contains some of the best preserved Roman burial rooms, so are ideal for classical history buffs. Santa Priscilla has distinctive plant roots growing through the ceiling, as well as the remains of Pope Sylvester and others. Finally, Sant’Agnese contains many relics alongside the tombs, giving an insight into ancient burial rites. Each contains much more and all are worth exploring to appreciate their differences.
How long will I need to see the catacombs?
As each has its own entry and guided tour system, you can pick and choose which suit you best. To see all five comfortably would take at least a few days, or you can opt to see those closest to each other in a cluster. Most tours last for a few hours given the size of the maze-like burial grounds you’ll be exploring.
What else should I look out for on my Rome catacombs tour?
As mentioned, there are amazing little features around almost every corner in these eerie underground necropolises. Your guide will tell you all about the interesting things you


Booking your tour
You’ll need to see the Rome Catacombs as part of a tour, so choose which you’d like to see and book accordingly. You can see a couple a day, or spread them out over the course of a few if you prefer. Rome is one of the world’s most fascinating cities for history, and too few visitors ever see the hidden underground world that it conceals.
Tours in your language
Thankfully for English-speaking visitors, the most popular language for tours is English. Many international guests looking for tours will opt for English as it’s the easiest one to come across for guided visits. There are other languages available too, including Italian and Spanish, so check which ones are on and book accordingly.
A creepy yet hugely unique and informative experience
The Rome Catacombs are definitely one of the more unique sights you’ll discover on a trip to the Italian capital. The many thousands of people buried in them, along with the dark and winding corridors that cut through the belly of Rome will likely be somewhat unsettling. That said, the tours are suitable for children if you believe they’ll be okay with walking for a few hours through the old underground tunnels – just use your best judgement. After you re-emerge from the depths, take a walk around the beautiful nearby parks for some much-needed sunshine.

Places nearby

The Colosseum
Rome is a fairly compact town for a European capital, and easy to navigate by public transport. The Colosseum is definitely worth seeing on your visit to further your understanding of this amazingly unique and history-rich city. A guided tour is also worth it here to skip the line and properly understand what you’re looking at inside.
The Colosseum

The Colosseum

Vatican City
The seat of the Roman Catholic Church, you can visit St Peter’s Basilica for free. You’ll likely need to queue for a while given its popularity, but it’s the largest church in the world and well worth seeing too. You can pay to go to the top and get one of the best views of Rome, and the Vatican Museums, housing the Sistine Chapel, are further places you can easily spend a whole day.
Vatican City

Vatican City

The only fully intact original Roman building in the city, this was formerly a pagan house of worship for multiple gods, and later transformed into a Catholic church. It’s also free to enter and is mesmerising to see for its original architectural features and beautiful artwork inside. Look up and you’ll spot the where the sun shines through a hole in the roof, originally designed to provide a continuum between the church and the heavens. When it rains, an ancient drain catches any water that falls through.