Rome has a number of underground cemeteries, and the Catacombs of Domitilla is without doubt one of the oldest with graves from as early as the primary century.
It’s also the most important with 7.5 miles of graves, going 45ft down, and over 26,00zero souls are interred right here.
Get your ticket for the 45-60 minute guided underground tour or select a Skip The Line Guided Tour, and you start your descent into the underground Basilica devoted to martyrs, earlier than going deeper down into the precise catacombs.
The tour is fascinating and offers unbelievable perception into how the Christians of historic Rome buried their communities, and an introduction to Rome’s underground historical past.
The guides are extraordinarily educated and attention-grabbing, particularly Francesca.
Highlights embrace the fresco that’s typically mistaken for the Final Supper however isn’t, the 62 skylights used for entrances and the Basilica.
The museum subsequent to it’s value a glance too and is free.
Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-12pm, 2pm-5pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Location: By way of delle Sette Chiese, 282, 00147.
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Various – Catacombs of Domitilla
In case your journey doesn’t embrace a weekend, or in case you simply choose this, one other very completely different method to expertise the secrets and techniques of underground Rome, is to go to certainly one of its Catacombs.
The Domus Aurea – Nero’s golden home – which has been lately opened and remains to be presently being excavated – is one other implausible selection for seeing a few of Rome’s underground secrets and techniques, however it’s only open on Saturdays and Sundays.
So in case you are in Rome over a weekend, you would change the Catacombs for right here.
You e-book a guided tour, upfront is finest, and spend about 90 minutes underground seeing what the palazzo was like by means of remnants of work, constructions, and digital actuality headsets.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays solely yr spherical. November-February English excursions begin from 9.30am-Four.15pm round each 30 minutes. March-October English excursions begin from 9.00am-Four.30pm each 30 minutes.
Price: €14/10 (plus €2 reservation price in case you e-book upfront).
Location: By way of della Domus Aurea, 1, 00184.
Metro: Colosseo (line B).
Finish your day having dinner in certainly one of Trastevere’s many charming osterias, reminiscent of Nannarella on Piazza di San Calisto (the Capricciosa pizza and do-it-yourself pesto pasta are very tasty).