Catacombs of Saint Callixtus

Catacombs of Saint Callixtus

Catacombs of Saint Callixtus
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Ancient RuinsCemeteriesMysterious Sites
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Official underground cemetery of the Church of Rome in the 3rd century AD. Around half a million Christians were buried here, among them many martyrs and 16 popes. They are named after the deacon St. Callixtus who, at the beginning of the 3rd century AD, was assigned by Pope Zephyrinus to the administration of the cemetery. Since 1930 they have been entrusted to the custody of the Salesians of Don Bosco.
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  • 464merlot
    Seattle, Washington67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a trip for the history of this piece of Rome and Christianity
    Very good experience. Excellent info on the history of the catacombs from Rome’s perspective as well as the larger religious one. Our tour went long and still would have liked longer and a smaller group to spend more time and ask more questions. Appreciate that it is open to public. Not so small as to make most people claustrophobic and wonderfully cool on hot summer day.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia24,427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No Photos?
    We had a very engaging guide who clearly loves his job and that translates to an enjoyable experience. A bit disappointed that no photos are allowed and not explained why? Can understand the Sistine Chapel etc. but not here? You travel thru dark & damp tunnels passing thousands of niches that once housed 500,000 Christians including 16 late Pontiffs. The catacombs were called the crypt of the popes and was established in the 3rd Century AD. A good insight and reasonably priced and easy to get to on the Appian Way.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Marge R
    90 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but eerie place
    The catacombs were eerily amazing. To think of all the people that were entombed there was incredible. There were all sizes of tombs, for the most part empty now. The final room was a small chapel where we were asked to remember our loved ones who have gone before us.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 October 2023
  • GtotheP
    Sevenoaks District, United Kingdom67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful whistle stop tour.
    This really is a whistle stop tour - not much hanging about, it takes about 40mins total. The catacombs are fascinating and eerily beautiful. I would’ve appreciated more time to linger and absorb the atmosphere. Our guide Sam was fun, informative and entertaining. Worth mentioning: No bones! The bodies were all removed hundreds of years ago. No photos allowed, and wear a jumper. It’s chilly underground!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 October 2023
  • ITM0nkey
    Kent, United Kingdom106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Catacombs of St Callixtus Guided Tour
    The catacombs are a fascinating place to visit. Yes...a lot of the bodies have been removed but why would anyone want to go to see dead people? However if that is your thing we were shown two original stone coffins and their remains; one was a Christian burial and one Pagan. To be honest after all that time there isn't a lot left anyway. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was more than happy to answer questions. He was also very informative about the parts of the catacombs we visited. Also thanks to their Customer Service skills we were still allowed to join our tour despite being 5 to 10 minutes late - bit of a mix up with the address and our taxi driver - ensure you book to the catacombs themselves and not the address only.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Ronnie B
    Glasgow, United Kingdom370 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip.
    We took public transportation to the catacombs which was very straight forward. We arrived just in time to buy tickets and join the English speaking tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and quite funny on occasions. Most of the facts about the catacombs can be viewed online but the guide was great at explaining and taking questions. The tour lasted about 40 minutes and was very worthwhile. The catacombs are set in beautiful surroundings, we walked through to the next catacombs and on to the Appia way and spent a few hours walking. We would recommend this as the scenery and surroundings are beautiful.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2024
  • eja117
    New England713 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happy we did it
    This was something my teen wanted to do and asked a few times. It is a bit out of town and we had to take a cab there and back. A very affordable activity. The tour didn't take that long. About a half hour. We didn't buy advanced tickets and took the English tour and it wasn't hard to get tickets. Maybe 10 minutes. Nice gift shop. It's in a very nice park area and other catacombs and very close by. I didn't realize it was the original resting place of several Popes. I also didn't realize people still actively say masses in the catacombs. There was a nice food truck outside. I didn't try anything from the food truck but certainly would have. I think it's possible that one can walk from the catacombs to the aqueduct park, but I'm not certain. The cab had a tough time finding us to pick us up and take us back. If you are fluent in multiple languages I would say not to take the English tour, because it will have the most people. We didn't have to wait long as they seem to run several times an hour. Tours were in English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, and I might be forgetting one. I believe you have to take a guided tour because otherwise you are likely to get lost down there. There are virtually no bones or anything like that. There is some art but not a lot. You cannot bring your dog to the area. I think the catacombs are privately owned, but on public land. Our guide was (presumably) Indian. We had no trouble understanding him and he was a bit funny and quite knowledgable. Getting there the road is pretty narrow. I would not want to walk or bike it myself. Especially not with a family.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 May 2024
  • Mikołaj W
    Szczecin, Poland52 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good experience
    4/5. We had polish guide, very small group of 4 people, we got ticket straight after coming to place. We were waiting 40 minutes before sightseeing. Guide was well prepared and friendly. Unfortunately no bones, but overall we were satisfied because of information we got and atmosphere.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2024
  • Wiktoria W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience
    Don Sam was an amazing guide. He was funny and so informative. Made that one of the best mini tours I’ve ever been on. Made my first day in Rome 10/10. Thank you Don Sam. Highly recommend this Also recommend the caffe de crème in the cart outside the ticket office
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2024
  • James W
    Ashford, United Kingdom218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting few hours
    Really interesting tour around these catacombs, tour guide was really informative and the 40 minute tour well worth the entrance fee. My 7 year old son really enjoyed it and said he learnt a lot. Bit of a pain to get to but worth the effort.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 May 2024
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Ginger151219
Adelaide, Australia254 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The introductory video at the Tourist Centre was excellent. It gave a comprehensive overview of Rome's ancient development through to current day depictions of sites. Our driver Alessandro was well prepared with interesting notes in various languages, but most of all it was his enthusiasm for Rome that impressed. His stories of points of interest en route to the catecomb were highly informative. The exploration of the catecomb was great with details that gave interest adding perspectives otherwise unknown. Overall a very worthwhile tour!
Written 11 June 2024
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James W
Ashford, UK218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Really interesting tour around these catacombs, tour guide was really informative and the 40 minute tour well worth the entrance fee. My 7 year old son really enjoyed it and said he learnt a lot. Bit of a pain to get to but worth the effort.
Written 29 May 2024
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Wiktoria W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Don Sam was an amazing guide. He was funny and so informative. Made that one of the best mini tours I’ve ever been on. Made my first day in Rome 10/10. Thank you Don Sam. Highly recommend this
Also recommend the caffe de crème in the cart outside the ticket office
Written 29 May 2024
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Mikołaj W
Szczecin, Poland52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
4/5. We had polish guide, very small group of 4 people, we got ticket straight after coming to place. We were waiting 40 minutes before sightseeing. Guide was well prepared and friendly. Unfortunately no bones, but overall we were satisfied because of information we got and atmosphere.
Written 27 May 2024
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eja117
New England713 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was something my teen wanted to do and asked a few times. It is a bit out of town and we had to take a cab there and back. A very affordable activity. The tour didn't take that long. About a half hour. We didn't buy advanced tickets and took the English tour and it wasn't hard to get tickets. Maybe 10 minutes. Nice gift shop. It's in a very nice park area and other catacombs and very close by. I didn't realize it was the original resting place of several Popes. I also didn't realize people still actively say masses in the catacombs. There was a nice food truck outside. I didn't try anything from the food truck but certainly would have. I think it's possible that one can walk from the catacombs to the aqueduct park, but I'm not certain. The cab had a tough time finding us to pick us up and take us back. If you are fluent in multiple languages I would say not to take the English tour, because it will have the most people. We didn't have to wait long as they seem to run several times an hour. Tours were in English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, and I might be forgetting one. I believe you have to take a guided tour because otherwise you are likely to get lost down there. There are virtually no bones or anything like that. There is some art but not a lot. You cannot bring your dog to the area. I think the catacombs are privately owned, but on public land. Our guide was (presumably) Indian. We had no trouble understanding him and he was a bit funny and quite knowledgable. Getting there the road is pretty narrow. I would not want to walk or bike it myself. Especially not with a family.
Written 19 May 2024
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Dot T
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The tour of the catacombs was very disappointing. The English speaking tour group was far too large (more than 30) and could not fit into the places the guide stopped to give her talk. Sometimes we were at the front (fab) but mostly left trailing at the back due to lack of space. Consequently we missed out on most of what she had to say. She frequently said”we must move on quickly, we have only a short time underground “. Felt very rushed and disappointed with the experience. The setting is beautiful and the experience could be so much better as the place is fascinating. Sad to leave such a poor review but hope the organisation will take note.
Written 18 April 2024
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Shauna H
Dublin, Ireland26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Nice to see but not memorable.
So these catacombs are outside the city walls, you can get buses or taxi out. Our tour guide was Dutch and super friendly. He filled us in on fascinating information about the place. Inside is really cool. There are not any bones on display but seeing the tombs are pretty cool. For the price of it, it’s worth the visit but it wouldn’t be high on my list. The area around it is lovely for a walk (it was raining the day we went)
Written 27 March 2024
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Ronnie B
Glasgow, UK370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We took public transportation to the catacombs which was very straight forward. We arrived just in time to buy tickets and join the English speaking tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and quite funny on occasions. Most of the facts about the catacombs can be viewed online but the guide was great at explaining and taking questions. The tour lasted about 40 minutes and was very worthwhile. The catacombs are set in beautiful surroundings, we walked through to the next catacombs and on to the Appia way and spent a few hours walking. We would recommend this as the scenery and surroundings are beautiful.
Written 27 March 2024
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David S
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Took this tour yesterday. The place was a bit hard to find, but once we were there, was excellent. Tickets were easy to buy, the guide, Don Sam, was very informative and knowledgeable. Fascinating tour which we might do again as there was so much to see. Nice toilets as well.
Written 6 March 2024
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thirstytrip
scotland102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Interesting tour given by a very informative local guide
Not far to walk.
Lovely well kept grounds and road into Rome is picturesque
Written 11 December 2023
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