Guided Visit to the Roman Catacombs and Appian Avenue
Join us for a short visit of Rome in which you will visit a different side of the city, descending into the depths of the Catacombs of Rome and exploring the Appian Way by walking through the arches of the ancient aqueduct. A unique tour of Rome that will show you a different side of the city!
Guided Group Tour of Roman Catacombs and Appian avenue highlights:
- Explore the ancient Roman Catacombs, located under the city, the former Christian cemetery.
- A unique tour of ancient Rome and its hidden treasures, such as the Catacombs, the beautiful facade of the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, and more!
- A walking visit of part of the old Appian Way (“Via Appia” in Italian), most important Roman roads of the ancient republic.
- Awe-inspiring views of the ancient Roman aqueduct.
- An authentic eXPerience where you will travel back in time and you will admire some of the earliest examples of Christian art.
On this three hour guided tour in Rome, on foot and by panoramic bus, you will attain over the ancient walls of Rome, walk through the ancient tunnels of the Roman catacombs, travel along the Appian Way and pass through the arches of the aqueduct.
A walking tour to visit the Roman Catacombs
The Roman Catacombs were built nearly 2,000 years ago as tombs for the Christians. They reveal mosaics, burial niches, and sarcophagi, as well as ancient religious designs. In the San Sebastiano catacombs you can admire an altar from which Christians celebrated the liturgy during the period of persecution.
In San Callisto you can see the Crypt of the Popes, and you can take a look at some examples of early Christian art. Following the advent of Christianity it was necessary to find a solution for the burial of a large number of people, most of which could not afford graves or private mausoleums.
Learn more about the story of Rome by visiting its landmarks
The geological structure of Rome, rich in tuff, became the solution to this problem. From the second to the fifth century, the Roman catacombs were dug on 60 different layers, 2 of which were reserved to the Jews. Among these, 5 belonging to the Christian complex are open to the public and give the opportunity to experience Rome in a very different way compared to traditional routes.
Visit the Appian Way, a well-preserved Roman road
Concluding this original tour of Rome treasures, you will have the chance to admire the beautiful Appian Way and the ancient Roman aqueduct. True feat of engineering and architecture, this attraction is perfectly preserved in some places, so that you can attest to the magnificence of the Roman Empire.
This tour truly represents a unique and enchanting eXPerience into the heart of the ancient Roman Empire!
More tours to discover the Appian Way!
If you are interested in exploring the Appian Way, check out our tours on wheels! With the Segway Tour of Appian Way you will drive a modern and ecologic vehicle: the best choice to visit this wonderful green area in Rome. Otherwise, you can also choose our Bike Tour to discover the Appian Way and its monuments.
- Basilica of San Sebastian
- Catacombs of San Sebastian
- Cecilia Metella Tomb
- Old Appian Way
- Aqueduct Park
- Aqueduct of Marcio
- 3 hour guided tour
- Transfer from meeting point to Appian Way area and viceversa
- Entrance fees to San Sebastian Catacombs
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
Note that to join this tour a dress code is required: shoulders and knees must be covered.
This is a small group tour capped at 15 people max.
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability. Once your booking is confirmed we will email you a voucher. This is your ticket and proof of purchase.
Reviewed by Patrice A. from
Catacombs were fascinating
Worthwhile tour. Very good guide and driver. Highly recommend.
Reviewed by belinda p. from
Giant leap back to centuries ago
Our guide Janet is very personable and makes strong effort to engage every member of the small group. The only negative is that meeting place is hard to find. Street signs nondistinct. The meeting spot/building signage is very small and covered with vines and shrubs - not tourist friendly.
Reviewed by NikkiBurnsSymons from Canada
Amazing tour of the San Callisto catacombs and Appian Way
We spent three hours with our tour guide Jeannette. She was extremely knowledgeable and so much fun to be with. We were a group of about 13 (made up of Americans, Australians and Canadians) and it was a great tour. So very interesting and such good company to share it with. Thanks Jeannette and the rest of our fellow pilgrims.
Reviewed by LorenzoF65 from Stati Uniti
Four Tours - Loved them all
We took the ancient Rome, Jewish ghetto & Trastevere, Appian Way/Catacombs & Vatican tours. We loved them all. Valentina, an archeologist who did the ancient Rome tour, merits additional praise. It was just the two of us with her. I'm a history teacher and when she saw how genuinely interested we were and all the questions we asked she just ran with it! She went way over the time allotted for the tour because she seemed to be enjoying herself talking about this stuff too! A true passion for her subject. We actually had to force a tip on her because she insisted she had so much fun. I've looked at some of the other reviews, so I guess it really depends on the guide you have and how big your group is. I suppose we were lucky.