The Vigna Randanini are Jewish Catacombs on the Appian Way which were used as underground burial sites in the 2nd – 4th centuries

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Jewish Catacombs, Rome

The Vigna Randanini are Jewish Catacombs on the Appian Way which were used as underground burial sites in the 2nd – 4th centuries.

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.


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About Jewish Catacombs

 Via Appia Pignatelli, 4, 00179 Roma, Italy

Jewish Catacombs and Nearby Sights on Map

Basilica and Catacombs of San Sebastiano

The Basilica of San Sebastiano fuori le Mura was originally constructed in the 4th century on the site where the relics of Saints Peter and Paul had been temporarily safeguarded in the 3rd century

The Catacombs of San Callisto

Spread over 15 hectares on the Appian Way, the Catacombs of San Callisto (Callixtus) was the burial site of 16 Popes and over 50 martyrs from the 2nd to 4th centuries

Circus of Maxentius

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Fosse Ardeatine

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Tomb of Cecilia Metella

The mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, who died in 69 BC, is the best preserved monument on the Appian Way and dominates the surroundings

The Catacombs of San Domitilla

Named after Saint Domitilla, the Catacombs of Domitilla along Via Ardeatina are the oldest and best preserved underground burial networks in Rome

Capo di Bove

This is a recently opened archaeological site displaying the thermal baths of the villa of the wealthy Herod Atticus

Domine Quo Vadis

This is not the real name of the church on the corner by the main entrance to San Callisto but it is universally known by this name

Caffarella Park

Caffarella Park covers an area of 339ha and is part of the larger Appia Antica park

Appian Way

'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