Underground tour of Rome's catacombs
Excursions & day trips

Underground tour of Rome's catacombs

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Every day
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Visit some Roman churches and then descend into the catacombs
  • Walk among the corridors of graves and learn about ancient burial practices
  • Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the scenery outside the ancient walls
What to expect

Travel back 2,000 years and physically walk through layers of time exploring the underground sites of Rome!

Meet your guide at the Basilica San Clemente, a treasure for understanding the archaeology of the ancient city. Start on the ‘modern’ level, in a church dating back to the 12th century and, after admiring the beautifully decorated church and marble-clad floor, you will descend into the past. The lower levels of the church will take you back in time to a much earlier, larger church from the 4th century. Beneath it lies a 1st-century Roman house, later converted into a cult temple to Mithras, an Eastern God adopted by the Romans.

Your next stop is one of the oldest and largest catacomb complexes, located on the Via Appia, outside of the ancient city walls, Here you will learn how early Christianity changed burial practices. Descend into a 4th-century church built directly on top of the catacombs, go straight into a labyrinth of hand-made tunnels filled with graves. Explore several parts of the catacombs learning about death in ancient Rome and see crypts with pagan and Christian decorative themes including the tomb of Diogenes, the gravedigger who created the endless corridors of graves.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • Entrance ticket to the catacombs
    • Guided tour
    What's not included
    • Pick up and drop-off service
    Reduced price
    • Child (5-17 years old): reduced
    • Infant (0-4 years old): free
    Where

    Via Labicana, 95, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting point:

    Basilica di San Clemente. Your guide will be waiting for you holding a 'Carpe Diem Rome' sign

    What to remember
    • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour
    • Shoulders and knees must be covered for both men and women in order to access churches and religious places. Please dress accordingly
    • It is suggested to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring a bottle of water. Bring also a jacket or umbrella if rain is forecast
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    When

    Every day at 9.30am

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    Provider
    Carpe Diem Rome
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the experience begins.

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