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While staying in Rome we took the bus to the Catacombs on the Appia Way. (Via Appia)

map of catacombs

We took the # 714 bus which took about 20 minutes and then we had about a 15 minute walk to the catacombs.


Catacombs are underground burial chambers.

There are sixty known subterranean burial chambers in Rome. We visited the Catacombe di San Domitilla which are spread over 15 kilometers of underground caves.


The Domitilla Catacombs are unique in that they are the oldest of Rome’s underground burial networks. They are the best preserved and one of the most extensive and, the only ones to still contain bones.

They are the only catacombs that have a subterranean basilica; entrance to the catacombs is achieved through this sunken 4th-century church

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The entry fee was 8€ for adults and 5€ for children, and included a guided tour of the catacombs which lasted about 30 mins.  I found it to be fairly easy walking, although the passage ways are very narrow, and there are steps. It  was quite an experience, to have a glimpse at the life (and death) of the early Christians, their burial rites and their first trials at religious art

They are open from 9 – 12 and then 2pm – 5 each day. However are closed on Tuesdays.


If you are interested in Roman/early Christian history this is worth a trip.