Do you want to visit the best Roman Catacombs when you visit Rome? Join us on a journey through history as we visit an ancient underground church, a 2nd century Pagan temple and the Christian Catacombs of Domitilla. Approximately 95% of visitors to Rome do not visit the Catacombs of Rome - don't be like them! If you’re looking for fun things to do in Rome that are a little different, our Roman Catacombs and Basilica of San Clemente Tour is the perfect choice. This is Rome off the beaten path.
Dedicated to Pope Clement I, the
Basilica of San Clemente is one of Rome’s most incredible archaeological attractions. The church and the layers beneath it record the
history of Rome from early Christianity up until the Middle Ages. Built in three historic layers, the 12th century Basilica of San Clemente sits on top of a well-preserved fourth century church. This is one of Rome's first churches! The older church is decorated with beautiful frescoes that depict scenes from the New Testament and the lives of saints. And your journey doesn't stop there - descend yet another staircase to experience a
2nd century Pagan temple (a Mithraeum) and a first century Roman house.
Important! Because the sites on this small group tour are religious, knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced. We know that Rome is hot in summer - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.
Domitilla Catacombs - The Best Catacombs in RomeForming an underground labyrinth in the outskirts of the city, the Christian Catacombs of Domitilla provide a rare glimpse into early Christianity. Located about 15 minutes outside Rome, the catacombs were created in the 2nd century as a response to the shortage of space for graves in the city center. These are the oldest and most extensive catacombs in Rome, containing the remains of about 150,000 bodies. The Domitilla Catacombs offer the best, and most spine-chilling catacomb tour in Rome. These are also the only catacombs to still contain bones! Besides the macabre aspects of the catacombs, they are also a treasure trove of priceless artifacts. Highlights of the Domitilla Catacombs include a 2nd century fresco of the Last Supper. As an added bonus, going on a Roman catacombs tour gives you a well-needed break from the scorching sun in summer months. As you explore the subterranean tunnels, our entertaining tour guide will dispel some of the common myths associated with them. For example, Christians did not hide in the tunnels during persecutions. The Appian Way and Aurelian Walls Emperor Aurelian built a defensive wall around Rome In the 3rd century to defend the city against invading barbarians. We pass the Aurelian Walls in our luxury transportation vehicle and you can see it up close. In addition, walk a small stretch of the Ancient Appian Way. This is the main road going South that was built in 312 B.C. The Ancient Appian Way is said to have witnessed events that include St. Peter meeting Jesus on his way to escape and the crucifixion of 10,000 slaves during the revolt of Spartacus.