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Catacombe di San Sebastiano

Via Appia Antica 136, 00179 Rome, Italy
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Ranked #114 of 756 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Cemeteries, Ancient Ruins
Description: A series of underground passages containing the tombs of the early Christians.
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Melbourne, Australia
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We took the bus from Vatican to Catacombe di San Sebastiano (~30mins). We also visited Catacombe san callisto. It was truly spectacular. The English speaking guide included as part of enterance fee provided very detailed explanations, and an overall experience that is difficult to explain. So much information is covered - the guides are incredibly knowledgeable for the 45min tour.... More

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New York City, New York
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289 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We took a relatively long cab ride to these famous catacombs. It was a very hot day in Rome. We bought our tickets and were told you can only view the catacombs with a tour guide. There was no proper schedule for the tours so we ended up waiting so long that at the end we left without visiting the... More

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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This catacomb is the original. The cave it was dug from was called Catacomb and all others have taken the name since. It houses both pre-Christian and Christian burial chambers, and there is evidence that it was the first resting place of Saints Peter and Paul after their execution where some believe they were placed among the pagan tombs -... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We decided to visit one of the catacombs so caught a bus from the Maximus Circus. It took a good half an hour to reach St Sebastian catacombs. There are regular tours in various languages that last approximately half an hour. It was interesting to hear about the history of the place and see the tunnels where the bodies of... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We wondered which Catacombe to visit, we were short on time and made the good choice of getting a taxi from the Colosseum to this one (12 euros) for four people this was a good deal. Getting there by bus would have taken a lot longer. It might be obvious, but all the catacombs are outside the city wall, so... More

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91 reviews 91 reviews
23 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Our tour of the San Sebastian Catacombs was fascinating! Our teens and tween liked it as much as we did. We walked through the underground tunnel system then came to where Peter and Paul's bodies were hidden for a time before Constantine made Christianity the state religion. There is ancient grafitti on the wall and it all says Peter and... More

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Karlskrona, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The catacombs have always fascinated me but when visiting I was a bit disappointed with the ones I visited. It's perhaps more for historians than modern tourists. It's an interesting visit indeed but there is really little to see and the tourist shop almost as large as the catacombs. Close to San Sebastiano is San Callisto which I personally like... More

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Canberra, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I trusted my partner and we took a metro and then walked (what was suppose to be a short stroll in a park) to get to Catacombs, but turns out it was a nature park reserve and it took us 2 hours of walking in a hot sun to get to the Catacombs. If you are looking at a map... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

€24 for a family of four including a tour in English. Lovely and cool on a hot summer's day! Tour lasted half an hour and was very informative. Christians buried tens of thousands of their dead underground here and you see various niches and alcoves where the bodies lay. No photos allowed.

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18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We took the local bus (cheap) and it was quick to get there. You feel you are in the middle of nowhere, but , you will see the church, and they will not let you go on the tour without a guide. Our guide was fantastic, and very informative. If you are claustrophobic, no need to worry, just stay up... More

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