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catacombs in rome

There are several catacombs in Rome. Can anyone suggest one to go to. Are they worth seeing.

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There are five catacombs in Rome that have regular visiting hours. Three are south of the city, on or near the Via Appia Antica. These three get more visitors than the two north of the city. All of the catacombs have their own guided tours, and you have to take the luck of the draw. The quality of the guides vary.

The most frequently visited is the Catacomb of San Callisto, which has tombs of a number of early popes and Saint Cecilia. There are often long waits for a tour here, and the groups are sometimes too large to allow you to see and hear the guide, because you're strung out in narrow corridors. I have been there twice, once with an excellent guide and once with a very poor guide.

The Catacomb of San Sebastiano is the smallest of the three south of the city, and is not as well conserved as some of the others, although it has some interesting paintings.

The Catacomb of Domitilla is the oldest, and may be the largest (I don't remember). It has some very nice early Christian paintings. Of the three south of the city, this was my favorite.

Just today, I wrote a fairly long description of the two catacombs north of the city, so I'll just give you the link for that:


It's response number 4.

Of the three, I prefer the Catacomb of Domitilla, which i entered through an

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I have been to 3 of the 5 catacombs in Rome (St Callistus, Domitilla, and St Agnes). They are worth going to. If you time it right you can see both the Domitilla catacombs and the St. Calllistus catacombs (they are both closed 12-2 pm every day, Domitilla closed on tuesday, and St Callistus on Wed) becasue they are very close together.

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3. Re: catacombs in rome

I just noticed that there is a duplicate of part of my response in the last, fragmentary, sentence. Let me clear it up.

Of the three catacombs south of the city, I have a preference for the Domitilla catacom, mainly because of the paintings. Of the whole five, I prefer the Priscilla Catacomb, north of the city, although the Saint Agnes Catacomb is fascinating because of the whole complex it's in, and is the easiest to reach.

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nurserehab, the links below may supplement the info that bvlenci and lupaling have given you - They include maps and bus information:







Edited: 6:13 pm, April 21, 2011
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5. Re: catacombs in rome

Thanks for all the information it was very helpful

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