Catacombe di San Callisto
Basilica di San Sebastiano
Founded in the 4th century, this basilica atop the Catacombe di San Sebastiano mainly dates from the 17th century. It preserves one of...
Catacombe di San Sebastiano
The Catacombe di San Sebastiano were the first burial chambers to be called catacombs, the name deriving from the Greek kata (near) and...
Mausoleo delle Fosse Ardeatine
This moving mausoleum is dedicated to the victims of Rome’s worst WWII atrocity. Buried here, outside the Ardeatine Caves, are 335...
Ristorante Cecilia Metella
Near the catacombs of San Callisto, the outside seating at Cecilia Metella is great, set on a low hill under a vine canopy and with...
Via Appia Antica 110 & 126 · interesting places nearby
Catacombe di San Callisto information
These are the largest and busiest of Rome’s catacombs. Founded at the end of the 2nd century and named after Pope Calixtus I, they became the official cemetery of the newly established Roman Church. In the 20km of tunnels explored to date, archaeologists have found the tombs of 500,000 people and seven popes who were martyred in the 3rd century.
The patron saint of music, St Cecilia, was also buried here, though her body was later removed to the Basilica di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. When her body was exhumed in 1599, more than a thousand years after her death, it was apparently perfectly preserved, as depicted in Stefano Maderno’s softly contoured sculpture, a replica of which is here.