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Hidden underneath Rome's vibrant cityscape are miles of subterranean tunnels and chambers that were ancient underground burial places for people of all Roman religions.

Hidden underneath Rome's vibrant cityscape are miles of subterranean tunnels and chambers that were ancient underground burial places for people of all Roman religions. The city has about 60 catacombs, carved in tuff 7-19 metres below the surface and containing art work that shed light on the history of the era from the end of the 2nd century.

The catacombs feature various types of graves – loculi dug out in the walls of underground passages (ambulacra), formae dug in the floors of the passages, arcosolia which are curved niches enclosed under carved marble slabs, cubicula which are larger burial rooms for families, and cryptae which are more elaborate chapels decorated with frescoes.

The Catacombs of San Callisto along the Appian Way comprise a network of 20 kilometres of passages spread over 15 hectares and is almost 20 km (12 mi) long.

Near the San Callisto are the Domitilla Catacombs, the oldest underground burial network in Rome, and also the best preserved. It still contains bones, frescoes and other artifacts. The associated basilica is also underground.

The Catacombs of San Sebastiano are one of the smallest and most accessible Christian cemeteries, associated with the Basilica of San Sebastiano fuori le mura, one of the 7 Pilgrim Churches in Rome.

Once a quarry, the Catacombs of Priscilla feature important frescoes, including perhaps the oldest known Marian paintings from the early 3rd century. It is maintained by the monastery of the Benedictines of Priscilla.

Rome has 6 Jewish catacombs, of which 2 are open to the public - Vigna Randanini and Villa Torlonia. Explore these hypogea to learn about Jewish funerary culture, symbolism and iconography.

In keeping with the theme of eerie underground burials, several Catacombs of Rome tours also include a visit to the 17th century Capuchin Crypt beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, which contains the skeletal remains of 3700 people believed to be Capuchin friars.


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Catacombs of Rome and Nearby Sights on Map

Church of Sant'Ignazio di Loyola

St Paul's Within the Walls

More modern than most Roman churches: it was not started until 1873

Museo Nazionale Romano

Palazzo Altemps

Simple and elegant lines make up this building, whose construction began in 1480 for Count Girolamo Riario, nephew of Papa Sisto IV and was taken up by architect Martino Longhi for the new owner, Cardinal Marco Sittico Altemps

Baths of Diocletian

On the site of the Roman baths, this museum houses an enormous collection of statues

Roma dal Cielo Terrazza delle Quadrighe

Santa Pudenziana

A very ancient church named after a saint who was in 1969 removed from the Roman Catholic calendar of saints for the lack of details of her life

San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

A very small and beautiful church, the first design commission of Francesco Borromini

Palazzo Barberini

The Palazzo Barberini is an imposing 17th century Baroque building, designed partly by Bernini, commissioned by the Barberini family to celebrate and commemorate their ascension to papacy

Le Quattro Fontane

Four fountains from the time of Pope Sixtus V when much of Rome was redeveloped