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Catacombe San Sebastiano

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Address: Via Appia Antica 136, 00179 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 067850350
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A series of underground passages containing the tombs of the early...

A series of underground passages containing the tombs of the early Christians.

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Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour
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Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour
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Private Half-Day Tour: Catacombs of St Sebastian from Rome

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A Fortunate Accidental Change of Plans

We took the 118 bus from Teatro Argentina in down town Rome out the Appian Way. Our original plan had been to visit the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, however we missed the stop... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Arlington, Virginia
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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the 118 bus from Teatro Argentina in down town Rome out the Appian Way. Our original plan had been to visit the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, however we missed the stop. Fellow riders told us that the next stop was also a catacomb and that we should go there instead. This was San Sebastiano, and it was extremely... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Did both in the day and this had more interesting aspects to it. You still got the feeling of the never ending labyrinth of tunnels- but this had some beautiful pagan mausoleum in it as well- and even though I have a soft spot for St Cecilia, the St Sebastian stuff here is better presented. I also felt less preached... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a fascination with catacombs since youth, most likely as a result of movies and stories of early Christians. While the tour is short, it is really interesting to learn about the burial practices of centuries ago, and imagine the people who buried their loved ones here. It is not a wow experience, but rather a contemplative one. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

We weren't sure what to expect when we arrived at the catacombs. But the descent underground and the strange concept of people millenia ago burying their dead in these cubby holes three or four levels deep is astounding. The catacombs provide a tour guide for each group going in, so we had to wait only a short while for enough... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

The Christians spent decades on the construction of the catacombs and the size is immense. Very nice and cool when you are underground - I believe it is over 50 steep steps down and then you come back up and out

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

For someone whose home parish is St. Sebastian, this is a must! Either way - the catacombs are fascinating and a tremendous history lesson. To see some of the drawings that are still visible on the walls from hundreds of years before Christ are amazing. The church of St. Sebastian is also wonderful with the copy of Christ's footprints and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

we had walked around so much seeing the main sites, which can't be missed, pantheon, Spanish steps, trevi fountain, piazzo navone, but it was hot and after a wonderful lunch in trestavere, had our driver drop us at the catecombes for a 30 minute tour in the cool and dark catecombes. All enjoyed the information and the break from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Took a bus from Circo Massimo. Guided tour in the catacombs was very interesting. But if you are claustrofobic don't go!!! Visitors are not allowed to enter the catacombs on their own. Guided tour costs 6-8€.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Back in the mid-80's I did not get to the catacombs when I was in Rome. I knew if I ever returned, I wanted to make the effort. I am so glad we did! My only complaint was that we were unable to hear our guide very well...and English was not his first language. They should have paired our group... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Took this tour on a whim. It was quick, interesting, and ended up being a nice break from the sweltering heat. If you are looking to cool down and have 8 euros and 30 minutes to spare, I recommend this tour.

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