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Rome Catacombs Tickets

Creep into the depths of Rome’s true underbelly with the Roman Catacombs tickets! New Catacombs have been unearthed as recently as a few decades ago, revealing a veritable treasure trove of Christian art, architecture, and other finery. An unforgettable experience for all, the Catacombs represent a must-see attraction during the Rome tour. With the Rome Hop On Hop Off tour, you can enjoy the flexibility of exploring the Catacombs along with other attractions at your own pace.
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Our tips for Catacombs

  • Dress for the day. Even though the Catacombs haven’t been actively used for centuries, they are still hallowed grounds. Avoid wearing shorts or short skirts, please!
  • Claustrophobic, take caution. These narrow tunnels were dug out by hand. Understandably, there isn’t always a lot of room to move around. You should mentally prepare yourself ahead of time.
  • Flexibility is key. Be prepared for a change of venue, without notice. The Catacombs are available seasonally and certain ones close suddenly due to further excavation or flooding.
  • Save extra bucks. For an unforgettable experience, combine it with top Roman attractions like the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Trevi Fountain.
  • Save time. Got 24 hours in Rome to explore? Explore sights like Catacombs during the day as well as the night with Rome Segway Night Tour and Colosseum Guided Night Tour.

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Forgotten for centuries and rediscovered in 1578, the Catacombs produced important insight into the lives and deaths of both Jews and early Christians. For these reasons, visitors flock to the Roman Catacombs for a closer look at some of the earliest Christian Frescos as well as early Christian burial practices.

The English word ‘Catacombs’ is derived from the Latin “cata tumbas”, which means “among the graves”. The Catacombs were rediscovered by Antonio Bosio in 1586, who published Subterranean Rome regarding his findings.

Catacombs are very deep, about 20 meters to 20 km underground in many places. A lot of saints are also buried in the catacombs even though most of them have been moved to cathedrals. Most archaeologists believe there are some catacombs that will never be discovered while others are never opened to the public.

Contrary to popular belief, Christians didn’t really hide in the Catacombs from Roman persecution. Roman authorities were well-aware of the Catacombs at the time; so, it wouldn’t have been a great place to hide.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to book Rome Catacombs Tour?

    If you hate the idea of having your shoes melt into the asphalt, consider visiting the Catacombs in late spring or early fall. However, in summer, a Catacombs tour is a welcome respite from the intense heat. A winter visit to the Catacombs can be tricky because most of them are closed for at least a portion of the season. To avoid disappointment, do your research ahead of time to find out which Catacombs are available for tours during this time.

  • Q: How do I get there?

    The best way to reach the Catacombs is by bus. Bus 118 takes a circular route past the Colosseum, down Appian Way, with stops in front of the Catacombs. Cycling is also an option, especially on Sundays when there is less traffic.

  • Q: What is the cost of an entry ticket to Catacombs?

    The standard entry ticket for adults is priced at €8 whereas it costs €5 for children aged between 7 to 16 years old.

  • Q: How much time does it take to take a Catacomb tour? Does it get cold?

    It may take anywhere between 40 minutes to an hour to take a Catacomb tour. It does get cold with temperatures dropping to 16 ° C or 60 ° F accompanied by high humidity, so dress accordingly.

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