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“A bit out of the way but interesting”

Catacombe San Sebastiano
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Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour
Ranked #114 of 1,967 things to do in Rome
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A series of underground passages containing the tombs of the early Christians.
Reviewed July 4, 2012

The catacombs are a bit off the tourist path,although still plenty of people make the trip. We got the Archeobus, as part of a combined ticket with the 110 open bus, so were dropped off and picked up (after a while - the buses are about every half hour) at the front door. The catacombs were interesting and the guide was informative and entertaining. Worth making the trip for something a bit different.

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Reviewed July 4, 2012 via mobile

Of all the catacomb tours, we chose this one and we greatly enjoyed it.

It is the supposed resting place (at one time) of Peter and Paul's bones when the early Christian church was hiding their bones. While the bones aren't here anymore, the many references to their being there at one time are. This is via the inscriptions made in the rock where Christians of antiquity were celebrating breaking bread in the presence of the Apostles bones.

Within the tour, there are also many references to Roman burials, a Roman burial crypt, and the hiding Christian church. We enjoyed it a lot. As others have said our guide was very informative. She did a very good job of explaining things in detail and putting context around where you were standing. The catacombs and tunnels and their mazes were fascinating to me.

Cost was 8 euros per person. This is a walking tour through the catacombs. You stop at highlighted stops along the way. It's about 1 hour. We were a catacomb tour group of about 25. My party brought up the rear in single file thru the catacombs but our guide waited until she saw us before she would begin speaking. Tunnels are lit but there are dark spots. TALL people be aware or you'll hit your head as there are a couple low spots. No photos allowed in the catacombs.

The church above the grounds is very pretty also. It sits right over the catacombs.

4  Thank Stan86
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

Interesting tour. Nice and cool down there, as well!

Thank Grace D
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

While other catacombs I visited contained bones and skulls, this catacomb does not. The tour guide gave a 30-40 minute tour detailing the "how" and the "why". The tour pace was good with just enough information. Ending with the Roman vs.Christian tomb comparison, this is a good tour. We had two children with us, ages 8 and 5. Both were intrigued by the tunnels and there was nothing that frightened them. The tour guide mentioned if anyone felt claustophobic, they would be escorted out. No one did. This catacomb has a good variety and is worth a visit.

6  Thank Coffeecup1390
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

The guided tour is only about 30 minutes, you can not go without a guide, but it is worth the short trip and it was a good way to get out of the rain. Very informative. If cemetaries creep you out, this will too.

Thank Erin N
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