Don't miss Rome's underground attraction
On the outskirts of the ancient walls of Rome, far below the bustling streets, lies hundreds of kilometers of dark, winding tunnels. Filled with the remains of hundreds of thousands of people including several Popes, these ancient burial places contain some of the world's best examples of early Christian art with the many frescoes and sculptures preserved underground. These burial complexes were required to be built outside city limits due to the fear of spreading disease, and were for Christians only, as the Pagan custom was to be cremated. When Christianity became the official religion of Rome, these tombs were forgotten until the 16th century when they were searched by treasure hunters - who were left dissapointed, as Christians did not buy valuables with their deceased.
Today, all Christian catacombs in Rome are under the authority of the Catholic Church. The Catacomb of Priscilla, where our Crypts, Bones & Catacombs Tour begins, is famously home to the world's oldest known depiction of the Virgin Mary from the 3rd century. There are over 40 known catacombs in and around Rome, and historians suggest there are even more that we have yet to discover or that have been lost inside the ground. Visiting the catacombs is a fascinating and eerie experience for anyone wanting a unique perspective on the unusual history of Rome. It's also a perfect way to escape the summer heat, as the catacombs can be quite chilly regardless of the time of year.
Most catacombs are open daily between 9:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm.
Note that they all close on different days of the week (Catacombs of Priscilla is closed Mondays, Capuchin Crypt closed Thursdays for example).
The closest metro station to the Catacombs of Priscilla is Libia (Line B)
Public Entrance Fees
(Catacombs of Priscilla)
General Admission – €8.00