The dark side of Rome



Short description

discover what is hidden under the surface of Rome

Highlights (optional)

  • underground labyrinth
  • S. Sebastiano catacomb
  • S. Callisto catacomb
  • christian’s bones and skeletons
  • the origins of Christianity in the oldest Catacombs of Rome

TOUR Description

Under Rome’s surface there are mysterious and dark places to discover. They are unknown to most people Romans included. The journey to discover these places will start from Civitavecchia. After 50 minutes we will arrive to the most ancient Christian Cemetery of Rome: the catacomb of San Sebastiano (I centrury d.c.). This cemetery was originally called “ad catacumbas” that means “near the hollows”, because of the mines of tuff located in this area. The name was later used generally to indicate all subterranean Christian cemeteries. A professional guide show and explain you evertything about the catacomb.
After visit San Sebastiano the tour continued and we arrive to the catacomb of San Callisto the largest and most important in Rome. In the first century Rome’s Christians did not have their own cemeteries.If they owned land, they buried their relatives there, otherwise they resorted to common cemeteries, where pagans too were buried. Only In the third century they are declared among as the official cemetery of the church of Rome.
S. Sebastiano and S. Callisto were considered as the authentic sanctuaries of the martyrs in fact many of them were buried there with also sixteen Pontiffs. The catacoms appear to be a labyrinths of narrow tunnels dug in the volcanic tuff stone with marked symbols. Symbols were a visible reminder of their faith and recalls an idea or a spiritual reality
Different types of tombs can be found along the walls spread over three different deep levels with about 12 km of tunnels.
The tombs of the first Christians were simple and economical: the bodies were wrapped in linen shrouds placed in the tombs and sealed with terracotta tiles or marble’s slabs. After the visit you can relax at the beautiful garden outside and take some free time. At about 14 PM we will start to come back to the port of Civitavecchia .

Duration: 6.5 hours

Tour starts: 08.45 AM or on request

Meeting point and Pick-up: TERMINAL CRUISE SHUTTLE BUS situated in “Largo della Pace”, Civitavecchia Port. It is the meeting point and last stop of the port free shuttle bus (that picks up you from the boat). I’ll wait for you with a signature of your name


Pick up/drop off from Civitavecchia harbour
round trip shared transfer
driver english spoken
ticket entrance fee
professional guide

Not included:


Additional services on request: additional stops in Cerveteri,

Useful information:

We suggest to wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat to protect yourself from the sun and an umbrella to procet you from the rain. Remember that is not permitted to visit churches in shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders. The tour can be changed  without notice due to weather and traffic. Visitors could be asked an ID/Passport for security reasons, please make sure you have a valid one with you

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