The dark side of Rome from Civitavecchia

Rome, Italy

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Overview

Visit Rome’s lesser-known historical attractions during this underground tour of the catacombs of San Sebastiano and San Callisto, specially designed for cruise ship passengers. Head to the iconic Appian Way, a thousands-year-old thoroughfare used since ancient times. Then, head beneath the city to discover subterranean cemeteries from the early days of Christendom.
  • A full-day guided tour of San Sebastiano and San Callisto catacombs
  • Listen to in-depth historical commentary from your art historian guide
  • Enjoy comfortable, round-trip shared transfers to and from the cruise port
  • No hidden costs: admission tickets to both attractions are included

Round-trip shared transfer
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
Driver/guide
Professional art historian guide
ticket entrance
Food and drinks, other than the "value added offers" specified in your guidebook
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
TERMINAL CRUISE SHUTTLE BUS. It is the meeting point and last stop of the port free shuttle bus (that picks up you from the boat). From the shuttle-bus drop off area you have to exit from the port and we wait for you just outside of the exit holding a sign with your name on it at 08.45 AM".

Ports

  • Civitavecchia


Departure Time

8:45 AM
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Civitavecchia Port
TERMINAL CRUISE SHUTTLE BUS is the meeting point where We will pick up you and start the transfer to Rome
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Via Appia Antica
Start the guided tour to San Sebastiano catacomb the most ancient Christian Cemetery of Rome (I centrury d.c.). This cemetery was originally called "ad catacumbas" that means "near the hollows", because of the mines of tuff located in this area. The name was later used generally to indicate all subterranean Christian cemeteries. A professional guide show and explain you evertything about the catacomb. After visit San Sebastiano the tour continued and we arrive to the catacomb of San Callisto the largest and most important in Rome. In the first century Rome's Christians did not have their own cemeteries.If they owned land, they buried their relatives there, otherwise they resorted to common cemeteries, where pagans too were buried. Only In the third century they are declared among as the official cemetery of the church of Rome. S. Sebastiano and S. Callisto were considered as the authentic sanctuaries of the martyrs in fact many of them were buried there with also sixteen Pontiffs. The catacoms appear to be a labyrinths of narrow tunnels dug in the volcanic tuff stone with marked symbols. Symbols were a visible reminder of their faith and recalls an idea or a spiritual reality Different types of tombs can be found along the walls spread over three different deep levels with about 12 km of tunnels. The tombs of the first Christians were simple and economical: the bodies were wrapped in linen shrouds placed in the tombs and sealed with terracotta tiles or marble's slabs. After the visit you can relax at the beautiful garden outside and take some free time. At about 14 PM we will start to come back to the port of Civitavecchia
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Via Appia Antica
After visit San Sebastiano the tour continued and we arrive to the catacomb of San Callisto the largest and most important in Rome. In the first century Rome's Christians did not have their own cemeteries.If they owned land, they buried their relatives there, otherwise they resorted to common cemeteries, where pagans too were buried. Only In the third century they are declared among as the official cemetery of the church of Rome. S. Sebastiano and S. Callisto were considered as the authentic sanctuaries of the martyrs in fact many of them were buried there with also sixteen Pontiffs. The catacoms appear to be a labyrinths of narrow tunnels dug in the volcanic tuff stone with marked symbols. Symbols were a visible reminder of their faith and recalls an idea or a spiritual reality Different types of tombs can be found along the walls spread over three different deep levels with about 12 km of tunnels. The tombs of the first Christians were simple and economical: the bodies were wrapped in linen shrouds placed in the tombs and sealed with terracotta tiles or marble's slabs. After the visit you can relax at the beautiful garden outside and take some free time.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Via Appia Antica
At about 14 PM we will start to come back to the port of Civitavecchia
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

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