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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  • August 17, 2017
    We stayed to see the catacombs and were amazed by the story and by what you see that is very thought.. but I remain appalled by the attitude of the Director of the visits being very rude in manners, and explain things to those who enter for the first time. Many are foreigners and there is who brings children and people of a certain age but there's nasty response x tutti! For this poor rating because the Director represents the structure above all "Christian".
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  • August 15, 2017
    A bit out of the way, this tour was both informative and impressive. Definitely a cool option on a hot day in Rome.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Although less famous of nearby catacombs of St. Callistus I think the catacombs of Saint Sebastian is a very interesting visit. Are open from 10 to 17 hours (open all day). Can be visited only with a guide traveling at different times depending on the language. The tour lasts about 35 minutes and runs along a stretch of showing the various stages of the use of the site. The three tombs of pagan personages whose perfectly preserved stucco ceiling. Rich and interesting the Epigraphic material, especially that of graffiti related to worship of Saints Peter and Paul. The tour ends in the Church above where you can admire a magnificent ceiling, a statue of Saint Sebastian by a pupil of Bernini and a face of Jesus attributed recently to Bernini. Always inside there is the original stone of Quo Vadis, with the famous Lord's footprints.
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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.

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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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