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Catacombe di San Callisto, Rome

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Delve into the nearly 20 km (12 mi) of tunnels and graves at Catacombe di San Callisto on the Appian Way, one of the most notable burial sites of ancient Rome. Discover the legacies of early Christianity as you visit some of the earliest popes' ornate tombs and crypts. The tombs of ancient families here often feature frescoes and mosaic artwork. Tour the outdoor section of the complex to see several small basilicas. To ensure a spot in a guided tour, book ahead. Take a look at our Rome trip itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Catacombe di San Callisto and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We have visited this afternoon the catacomb of San Calixto, is the most famous of all, the visit gives you all kinds of sensations, they had buried more than 500,000 people and various popes of the era, much impressed see niches in children, of which there are many since at that time it was normal to the infant mortality by disease and lack of resources , if you like the story, you have to visit it.
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  • The visit of the catacombs is carried out at set times with guide and takes about 40 minutes and is very interesting. Our guide has given many General information before you begin your route. Very interesting and still preserve the tombs with frescoes in a fairly good state of preservation. The place is very popular with tourists and perhaps for this reason tours are pretty fast compared to the breadth of the site.
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  • We reach the 218 catacombs on the bus that we took in Sant Giovanni and although it may look which is very away from the Center, the bus ride only lasted 15 minutes. An excursion short, lasts is 30 minutes, guided and photographs cannot be made. The ticket prices are EUR 8 adults and 5 children. It should take into account the timetable: from 09.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00. Closes Wednesday. In my opinion the best is to go soon, as there may then be tails. The guide that we had was very good. The explanation begins on the outside and then enter. If you can the best is to go forward because you will see better what will be counting and illuminating guide, small details, symbols of the ancient Christians,... Also visit the crypt of Santa Cecilia, where he initially was his body until his transfer to the Church of Trastevere and the crypt of the popes, where many of the former were buried. It is ideal for use with children. In the surroundings there are some campas great to relax. There are drinks and snacks vending machines, I don't remember any bar or coffee shop. By the way take sunscreen since both to wait the bus back and form the groups before the visit barely there shade sites.
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