Head to the Catacombs of St. Sebastian on the outskirts of Rome for a unique look at the caves, tunnels and tuff mines where pagans and Christians worshipped and were buried during the early days of Christianity.
Your guide will show you where – according to the legend – the bodies of the apostles Peter and Paul were kept during the persecutions. Inside the Basilica of St. Sebastian, rebuilt in the first half of the 4th century, rich decorations were discovered, including a floor completely covered with tombs.
Descend the Basilica via a stairway that leads to the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian, the 1st official underground burial site for early Christians, including many 2nd and 3rd century martyrs. Excavations revealed 5 different levels of loculi – niches where the bodies were wrapped in sheets and placed.
Next, travel along the famous Appian Way, Europe’s 1st superhighway! Built in 312 BC, it connected Rome with Capua (near Naples), running in a straight line for much of the way. Eventually it stretched as far as Brindisi, 400 miles away, where Roman ships set sail for Greece and Egypt.
Marvel at the grand scale of Aqueduct Park (Parco degli Acquedotti) in the Appian Way Regional Park, where 7 ancient Roman aqueducts tower to heights of up to 27 and 28 meters (88-92 feet), before returning to the center of Rome for your drop off.
– Transfers by air-conditioned coach
– Licensed guide
– Entrance fee to the catacombs
What’s Not Included:
– Pick up/drop off service
Good to Know:
– Please note that tours are restricted to a maximum 20 participants per guide
– Please wear good walking shoes and bring a coat and umbrella in case of rain, or sun lotion and a sun shade in summer. Bring bottled drinking water.
– Please note that this tour is not wheelchair accessible.