Roman crypts and catacombs private tour

Rome Catacombs and Crypts Private Guided Tour

The term “catacombs” appeared from Latin catatumbas “at the graves,” from cata -” among” + tumbas, accusative plural of tumba “tomb.” The Roman Catacombs are one of city wonders. Precisely, catacombs are underground Christian or Jewish burial places, some of them were discovered only in recent decades. Moreover, the Etruscans used to bury their dead in underground chambers. The original Roman custom was cremation, but from about the 2nd century AD, an inhumation became more fashionable. For Christians burial method was especially important because of their belief in bodily resurrection at the Second Coming. Moreover, among unusual catacombs is the Museum and Crypt of Capuchin Friars (Museo e Cripta dei Frati Cappuccini), where Capuchin monks were buried. It is located near the city center, on Via Veneto.

The Christian Catacombs are significant for the art history of Early Christian art because many frescoes and sculptures from before about 400 AD where found there

You may think that the underground atmosphere may be frightening and dark, but it isn’t. There is the feeling of peace and colorful frescoes that surround you. Which catacomb to visit?

We invite you to visit one of the catacombs, which is the best according to your choice:

Catacomb of Priscilla

The Catacomb of Priscilla is named after the wife of the Consul Manius Acilius Glabrio, who was killed on the orders of Domitian. There are walls and ceiling with decorations illustrating Biblical scenes.

Do you believe in ghosts? Let’s check, whether they exist or not 🙂

  • Ticket cost: 8 euro
  • Opening hours: from 8.30 am to afternoon; 2.30 pm to 5 pm
  • Closed on Mondays
  • How to get: From Termini station by bus 86, 92, or 310. From Piazza Venezia by bus 63 (Piazza Crati stop). Taxi price will be around 15 euro from the city center area. You can use our TAXI FARES CALCULATOR.

Catacombs of Saint Agnes

The Catacombs were built for the conservation of the remains of Saint Agnes of Rome. Her bones are now conserved in the church built over the catacomb. Moreover, the life story of Saint Agnes is impressive and breathtaking. Visit to these crypts definitely worth it.

  • Ticket cost: 8 euro
  • Opening hours: from 9 am to afternoon, 4 pm to 6 pm
  • Closed on Sundays
  • How to get: bus 90, 60, or 36 on via Nomentana
  • Meeting point: S.Agnese/Annibaliano metro stop, near the entrance to McDonald’s. Here is the point on the map

Catacombs of Saint Clement

The Basilica of Saint Clement is a Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement I. We will discover three-tiered complex of buildings with its underground world full of secrets and interesting facts.

  • Ticket cost: 10 euro
  • Opening hours: from 9 am to afternoon; from 3 pm to 5.30 pm
  • There is a mass at 9 am every Saturday so visits only after afternoon
  • Closed on Sundays
  • How to get: from Termini station by bus 75, 714, or 16. Also, you can get to the basilica from Colosseo metro stop and then walk 15 minutes by foot

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Organizational details

  • Beginning time: 8.30-9 am or 3-4 pm, depends on the catacomb you choose
  • Tickets: we will buy tickets to the catacomb near the entrance
  • Dress code: covered arms and shoulders. The temperature inside is cool, you should better take something warm
  • Price for private tour: 100 euro for your company of up to 3 participants (+25 euro for any additional participant; 6 tourists is the max number)
  • Duration: around 1.5 hours
  • Meeting point: near the entrance to catacombs. The most convenient way to get to any of them is by taxi with the average price of 10-15 euro from Rome’s city center

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Author: Elena local guide in Rome

Elena local guide in Rome
I've lived in Rome since the age of 10. The first impression about the Eternal City was incomparable and grandiose, so the decision about the future profession immediately came up in my mind – I decided to study in gymnasium at the faculty of tourism and continued my education at the faculty of archeology in Roma Tre Italian public University. The idea of becoming a tour guide became my firm intention after an internship under the supervision of Alberto Angelo – the most famous paleontologist, archeologist and TV anchor of Italy. Thanks to his professionalism, I realized the significance of history and today, I am happy to share my knowledge with anyone looking forward to discovering the secrets of Rome and Vatican. About me: I am huge fan of horseriding, spaghetti amatriciana, and beach days.