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The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian, Rome

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The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian 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. Put The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian into our Rome vacation builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Where to stay in Rome

For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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  • Way more than we expected. We planned to stay one hour, and instead enjoyed 4 hours between the catacombs and the Appian Way nearby. For the Catacombs itself, we had a guide named Nick who was just ex...  more »
  • I really enjoyed the interesting tour of the catacombs where the lovely guide explained different symbols and the underground areas .Even if you don't have much time,this tour is only about an hour lo...  more »
  • This turned out to be one of teh best underground experiences we have had this week in Rome. We waited about 30 minute to get an English-language tour. This was enough time to get an espresso at the c...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Perched on top of a grassy hill overlooking the outscurts of Rome, this spot is an interesting and reverent place to visit. The tours are frequent and just the right amount of time, not to long or short. They devide the tours by languages (marked by flags) and have guides (priests) that can best explain the history and intricacies of the catacombs.
  • What an amazing underground maze! A grave yard with a difference. Nice tour. Plenty of history and explanations. Well worth a visit.
  • Really nice English tour. Not a huge time commitment and the history is simply amazing. Worth the trip out of the center to see. No reservations needed in advance.
  • No remains in the tour section. No photos allowed. Interesting tour and friendly guide.