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Catacombs of St. Callixtus

Via Appia Antica 78,110,126 | Via Ardeatina 3, 00179 Rome, Italy
39 6 5130151
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Ranked #107 of 720 attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cemeteries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This first Christian cemetery of Rome houses the remains of 9 popes and saints.
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

A friend had recommended seeing these, and we're glad we did. We took public transport out as described by Wendti - Metro to St Giovanni, then 218. Ask the driver (or anyone else on the bus) where to get off. In tourist season, a lot of people will descend here. Frequent bus service back - buy your return ticket from... More

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Iasi, Romania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We had the English tour, with a tall and curly guy. He felt like tired from the very beginning. That place represents a major attraction for a religious trip in Rome. His speech had nothing to do with religion. Speaking about St Cecily (who was martyred there) he said that in early ages Christians believed that martyrdom would bring them... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

After having searched for tours goding to the catacombs and only finding combined ones including visits to churches for 60€, we discovered we could get there on our own paying only 11€ (1,5, 8, 1,5) including public transport, entrance and guide. Mind you, they are closed for lunch 12-2 pm! Take bus 218 from Metro station San Giovanni. The bus... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The catacombs cover an area of 20km total and house roughly 500,000 bodies, so it is understandable why they don't let people wander around by themselves. That being said, I would have preferred to move at my own pace as some sections of the tour were drawn-out and a bit dry, while some areas of the catacombs, particularly the family... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We visited the Catacombs of St. Callixtus as part of a tour of Rome. Over 500,000 Christians are buried in these catacombs, and you get the feeling of a burial site as you travel underground to see the tombs in the walls (empty) and the sites of some famous people such as St. Cecilia. This tour is easy for all... More

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Smyrna, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We spent about half a day getting out to this site, visiting it, and returning back to downtown Rome. It was a really nice way to spend our morning. We rode the bus along the Via Appia, and then walked part of the Via within a traffic-restricted park, leading up to the Catacombs. The approach is quiet, peaceful, and beautiful.... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Took the public bus out to the Catacombs of St Callixtus, which is a stop on the historic Via Appia. Very easy to find. Guided tours are 8 Euros and available in several languages. I loved the respect shown at this burial site. No hawkers, just peace and quiet, the way it should be. There are miles of tunnels, 4... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We took the public buses out here and after a bit of a trek, we were not disappointed. Informative and peaceful, this tour was highly interesting. Maintained by the Salesians on behalf of the Catholic Church, our tour guide was Father Mason, a fellow Australian. We loved this tour and the religious significance, Father Mason was excellent and very patient... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

As part of our day in Rome, we visited this place. The tour was great - it was very informative (surface level stuff) and was very organized. Our guide did a great job of keeping 30 people moving through at a great pace. If you have some time, it's worth going.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I've visited catacombe os San Calisto several times and trust me is just so unbelievable to walk in the history of rome! Catacombs were the place where catolics would meet/hide when the religion was forbidden in the ancient Rome! The visit itself last around 30 minutes, is very well organized with several groups for several languages , tour guide is... More

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