By the 16th century the number of pilgrims increased…
Rome has many interesting things to see above ground but there is also a lot to see buries beneath the cities streets taking the name of catacombs. Long twisting mazes of tunnels and underground vaults filled with coffins and the remains of Christians long dead.
During the persecutions of the Christians in ancient Rome, they had no choice but to gather in secret to bury their dead and also to worship. This was absolutely essential because Christianity only became legal when Emperor Constantine declared it to be lawful.
Many of the crypts and tombs in the catacombs have inscriptions written in Greek and Latin. There are also symbols which represent Christ and the holy trinity. These are commonly represented by the fish symbol and the good shepherd.
There are five places to go to see catacombs in Rome, mostly scattered along the ancient Appian Way.
Catacombe di Domitilla , Via delle Sette Chiese 282 , Bus 218 and 613 , Hours 8:30 â€“ 12:00 12:30 â€“ 17:00 Closed on Tuesday and in January
Catacombe di Priscilla , Via Salaria 430 , Bus 56 and 310 , Hours 8:30 â€“ 12:00 14:30 â€“ 17:00
Closed on Monday and in January
Catacombe di San Callisto , Via Appia Antica 110 , Bus 218 and 660 , Hours 8:30 â€“ 12:00 14:30 â€“ 17:00
Closed on Wednesday and in February
Catacombe di San Sebastiano , Via Appia Antica 136 , Bus 218 and 660 , Hours 8:30 â€“ 12:00 14:30 â€“ 17:00
Closed on Thursday and in Novembre
Catacombe di Santâ€™Agnese , Via Nomentana 349 , Bus 36 , 60 , 136 and 137 , Hours 9:00 â€“ 12:00 16:00 â€“ 18:00
Closed on Monday afternoons and from 9:00 â€“ 12:00 on Sundays and holidays
If you wish to visit the Rome’s catacombs with a guide we suggest you take a guided Rome’s Catacombs tour, and as for your stay in Rome a good central hotel like Yes Hotel Rome is recommended, which location is besides the Termini train station, in walking distance to major sights in Rome and close to public transportation.