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The Vigna Randanini are Jewish Catacombs on the Appian Way which were used as underground burial sites in the 2nd – 4th centuries. Dug out on 2 levels between 5 and 16.3 metres below the surface, the catacombs have tombs set up in various ways such as loculi excavated in the walls, cubicles with arcosolia, and typical kokhim-style tombs. They feature various decorations such as floral motifs, birds and animals, and traditional icons such as the menorah which offer insights into Jewish funerary culture, symbolism and iconography. Some images such as a figure of Fortuna with a hippocampus and 2 dolphins indicate that the catacombs were original a pagan site that was reused by the Jews.



About Jewish Catacombs

 Via Appia Pignatelli, 4, 00179 Roma, Italy

Jewish Catacombs and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Appian Way

Appian Way(2.1 km)
'All roads lead to Rome' may be more than an exaggeration today, but the once-important Appian Way certainly does take you to the city of seven hills.

The Catacombs of San Domitilla

The Catacombs of San Domitilla(0.8 km)
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Basilica and Catacombs of San Sebastiano

Basilica and Catacombs of San Sebastiano(0.2 km)
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Terme di Caracalla

Terme di Caracalla(3.1 km)
Inaugurated in 217 A.

Tomb of Cecilia Metella

Tomb of Cecilia Metella(0.8 km)
The mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, who died in 69 BC, is the best preserved monument on the Appian Way and dominates the surroundings.

Caffarella Park

Caffarella Park(1.6 km)
Caffarella Park covers an area of 339ha and is part of the larger Appia Antica park.

Circus of Maxentius

Circus of Maxentius(0.5 km)
This well-preserved Roman circus was built at the beginning of the fourth century.

Fosse Ardeatine

Fosse Ardeatine(0.7 km)
This was the site of the slaughter in 1944 of 335 Italians, including many Jews from the ghetto, in retaliation for a Partisan attack on German troops in Rome.

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