The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian

The Catacombs of Rome are ancient underground cemeterial areas mostly built by the Christian communities of the first four centuries AD.

They were usually dug in tuff outside the ancient walls of the city, as the dead could not be buried inside the city.

Today over 40 catacombs still exist underneath the territory of Rome covering approximately 150 kilometres on multiple levels


€ 10,00


1 hour


The oldest nuclei of the Roman Catacombs date back to the end of the 2nd century. Before then, Christians were buried together with pagans but , as the community’s numbers increased it became necessary to create collective cemeteries. To solve the problem of space and thanks to the ease with which it was possible to dig into the soft tuff under the city, they were built underground with tunnels and on various levels.

At first the Catacombs were used exclusively for funeral purposes and for the cult of the martyrs buried there. In the 3rd century in Rome alone there were 25 cemeteries, some of which were property of the Church. In 313 Christianity became a legitimate religion and initially many Christians wanted to be buried near the martyrs.

But by the 5th century burials in the Catacombs were almost abandoned but these underground burial grounds continued to be a pilgrimage destination.

Entry prices

Full tickets € 10.00

  • For each Catacomb, including guided tour in a chosen language with Catacombs staff (for available languages in each Catacomb see below)

Reduced tickets € 7.00

  • Minors aged between 7 and 16
  • Groups of students from primary and secondary schools and institutes (7 to 16-year-olds)
  • Archaeology, Architecture, Art History and Cultural Heritage students up to the age of 25 upon exhibiting the required certification
  • Men and women of the clergy, nuns, seminarists and novices upon exhibiting the required certification

Free tickets

  • Children up to the age of 6
  • Disabled visitors and chaperones
  • Students of the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology (upon exhibiting the card issued by the Pontifical Commission of Sacred Archaeology)
  • Priests and nuns of the Religious Community of Custodians of the Catacombs. Teachers, university tutors and catechists accompanying a group (one free entrance for every 15 paying visitors)
  • Groups of 35 or more visitors paying full price can benefit from two free entrances
  • Tourist guides with valid licence and researchers who provide documentary proof of their studies may apply for free entrance with the Pontifical Commission of Sacred Archaeology.

Information and reception

  • Given the specific nature of the sites, there are specific limitations for disabled visitors.
  • We recommend visitors to wear shoes appropriate for an ancient often uneven surface and, according to the time of year, clothes appropriate for underground temperatures.
  • No photos or filming in the Catacombs.
  • No smoking inside the monuments.

Languages available for guided tours: Italian, English, French, Spanish, German.

For others entrance times, languages and days available, write to


  • Common areas are regularly sanitized
  • Access to the site is limited to avoid crowds
  • People with fever, cough, sore throat or other flu-like symptoms are not allowed to enter


  • Disinfect your hands upon arrival
  • Always use the face mask
  • Always keep a safety distance of at least 1 meter from other people
  • Avoid contact with people and things
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cough or sneeze into a disposable handkerchief or use the crook of the elbow

How to get there using public transport


Address: Via Appia Antica, 136

From Colosseo or Circo Massimo metro station on Line B:

  • Bus 118

From San Giovanni metro station on Line A:

  • Bus 218

The value of the experience

Visiting the Rome Catacombs plunges us into the world of the early Christians with an extremely strong emotional and sensorial impact.

The darkness, the air we breathe and the confined spaces all strike our senses. Even more moving are the signs of a profound piety for the dead, glowing peacefully with the certainty of the Resurrection Christ promised to all believers.

The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian

The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian, located along the ancient Appian Way, represent one of the very few Christian cemeteries that have always been accessible throughout the centuries.

The name of the pozzolan caves where they began to be built (ad Catacumbas) was later given to all underground burial places, which began to be known as Catacombs.

Initially it was a site for pagan burials, as the three beautiful mausoleums bear witness to. Then the tunnels began to be dug for the burial of several martyrs, the best-known of whom was Saint Sebastian, a Roman soldier who died during the persecutions of Diocletian and whose martyrdom (tied to a pole and killed with arrows) has widely inspired painters and sculptors throughout the centuries.

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But in the 3rd century AD this site also saw the birth of a devotional centre dedicated to the Apostles Peter and Paul: at the time of the Emperor Valerian (253-260), during a ruthless persecution of the Christians, in fear of their burials being desecrated, the Christians of Rome secretly transferred the bodies of the Apostles Peter and Paul to this site, considering it more protected.

Thus from 258 AD and for around 70 years the cult of the Saints Peter and Paul began in this sacred site that was named Memoria Apostolorum. Beneath the floors of the current basilica, halls have been found (so-called triclia) where, according to an ancient Roman custom, ritual banquets, known as refrigeria for the dead, took place.

These banquets were certainly also dedicated to the two Apostles as several graffiti invoking Peter and Paul, written in Latin, Greek and Aramaic, cover the walls of the triclia

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