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Catacombe San Sebastiano, Rome

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Catacombe San Sebastiano is one of many catacombs in Rome. These underground burial places were first built in the first century CE to deal with the overcrowding in traditional cemeteries. Follow your tour guide through the tunnels and learn about the history of this underground burial ground. Begin your tour from the basilica that houses the marble tomb of St. Sebastian, for whom these catacombs are named. Wander through the dim underground passages and examine the Christian and pagan wall tombs, ancient graffiti, and many relics. To spend more time in the tunnels and see the relics more intimately, schedule a private tour--the catacombs are not accessible without a guide. Dress warmly, as temperatures are much cooler underground. Make Catacombe San Sebastiano part of your personalized Rome itinerary using our Rome trip planner.
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  • Years ago had gone to one of the "best known" and I didn't want to repeat, and when we were looking at information, we saw that this was different. They are the few who have never been ignored. Of them comes the name as I was used as a quarry for extraction of pozzolana for what was called "ad catacombs" (along with depression). It then spread to the rest of underground cemeteries were discovered. The martyr most famous buried here is San Sebastian who is devoted also the basilica over. The access price is €8 and are accompanied by a guide. There are different sessions according to languages, previously informed about schedules. They do not allow photos, so quite maintain the suspense of what you'll find below. Can be reached with the bus 660, 218 and 118, which you can catch him on the side of the monument of Vittorio Emanuel and Piazza Venezia but only on festive (to us told us evil, and we were waiting for a long time :() I recommend going to see it because it's funny, but he thinks that you among the journey, visit and return, gastaras perfectly more than half a day. But if you time eating, right on the side you have Ristorante Cecilia Metella with a very good lunch menu.
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  • Without a ticket just in the afternoon with the purple route of past the BigBus went. Unfortunately, there were no German leadership (these are offered absolutely). It took us a really nice, helpful and friendly English-speaking guide through the cities of grave. These are impressive. The leadership was very entertaining and ended at the Church standing on the catacombs. There is also the last work of Bernini's (he was already 82 years when he created the bust).
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  • Continuing the path of the ancient via Appia, whose sides were always the Roman tombs are the catacombs of san Sebastiano. It looks like these, besides being the first ones, have been those who have given their names to the underground burials (catacomb is of Greek origin, meaning "the quarry", a cave that was there nearby). Very interesting is the recent discovery of an underground necropolis dating from the second century embellished with stucco (two chapels) and frescoes (in the third). Entrance 8 euros.
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  • Interesting visit not too long. The time was adequate with young children. For us it has been enough to get a flavour of the scene and understand what catacombs are. Do not forget to take some time in the basilic close to it!
  • I visited this, and the Calisto s Catacombs. if you have to choose, visit this one, cause you can see an ancient mausoleum from de 1st century ac. And the visit/tour ends at the basilica of Saint Sebastian. Really inspiring... inside the Catacombs it's not allowed to film or take pictures.
  • My favorite thing in Rome. The first section looks straight out of Skyrim, so your teenage boys will enjoy it. Our littles did fine, too. Ends with a cool little necropolis, some relics and a great Bernini.
  • For the English guide... Short and boring guide. Catacombs were cool if you're into that stuff. I wouldn't recommend this to friends based on my experience.
  • We finally got around to visiting the catacombs on our 3rd visit to Rome. It was interesting and our guide helped make it so. The church of San Sebastiano was equally interesting with its Bernini sculpted bust of Christ and the "Quo vadis?" footprints. Not a high priority but worth a visit.

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