Catacombs Tour & Appian Way Walk

Explore an underground early Christian cemetery, and enjoy a walk on the Appian Way, the legendary ancient Roman road!
Pick-up, drop-off, skip-the-line & transportation in a Mercedes car or van included!


about 3 hours

Skip-the-line tickets

Pick up at your hotel & Drop off

Private Transportation

Professional Guides

Activity level


Sights Included

Walk on the Appian Way
– Tomb of Cecilia Metella & Romulus
– Church of St. Nicholas
– Circus of Maxentius
– Walk through underground tunnels
– See where the early Christians were buried
– Learn about the roots of Christianity

Tour Description

Our Catacombs Tour and Appian Way Walk will allow you to explore two fascinating sights, and learn about both ancient Roman and early Christian history. 

Your guide and your driver will pick you up at your hotel, and you’ll reach the Appian Way. 

Then, you will start your walk on one of the best-preserved ancient Roman roads, which cross a lovely park full of pine trees and green grass. 

1. The Appian Way

The Appian Way is the most important Roman road.

Its construction started in 312 B.C., and it helped the Romans to conquer large parts of the south of Italy.

Originally built to mainly move soldiers, it later became a crucial land communication route between Rome and the south of the Peninsula. 

The Appian Way hit many important cities, like Capua (the second biggest city in Italy back then) and Benevento, and it ended in Brindisi, a major port in Puglia. 

Here, the travelers could easily embark to reach Greece or the eastern Mediterranean. 

You will be able to put your feet on the original ancient Roman cobblestones and see many beautiful ruins.

2. The Tomb of Cecilia Metella and the Circus of Maxentius

During your Appian Way walk, your professional guide will show you the tomb of Cecilia Metella, the daughter-in-law of Crassus.

He was an ally of Julius Caesar and one of the most important men in Roman history. 

Cecilia Metella was buried in a large, round tomb which later was turned into a castle. It’s the most fascinating and iconic building in Rome. 

In front of it, you will see the ruins of the church of St. Nicholas, one of the few Gothic churches in Rome. 

Your guide will also tell you about Spartacus, the legendary gladiator who rebelled against the Romans and was defeated – after three years of conflict – by Crassus, who crucified about 5000 of Spartacus’ men along the Appian Way. 

You will also see the Circus of Maxentius, a gargantuan complex where the emperor Maxentius hosted chariot races for himself and his guests’ entertainment. 

3. The Catacombs of St. Sebastian

Then, it’ll be time to go underground. 

Your Catacombs Tour will continue at the Catacombs of St. Sebastian, a fascinating underground cemetery where St. Sebastian was originally buried. 

Why were the catacombs built underground, and how?

Is it true that the Christians used to hide there to escape persecution? Your guide will have all the answers. 

You will walk through never-ending tunnels carved in the natural bedrock, see the frescoes and the stuccoes, and learn about the life of the early Christians. 

At the end of your Catacombs tour, you will also visit the Basilica of St. Sebastian, one of the most beautiful churches in Rome. 

Then, your driver and your guide will take you back to your hotel, or wherever you prefer in Rome city center.

Get out of the city center for one day, and enjoy a relaxing walk on the Appian Way, followed by a tour of the most famous underground cemeteries in the world!

In the catacombs, you will have to join a group tour led by a guide from the catacombs staff. We apologize for that, but private tours are not allowed in the catacombs. The rest of the tour will be private, and you’ll have your own personal guide. 

The order of the sights visited might change, and in case the Catacombs of St. Sebastian are closed you will visit the equally beautiful catacombs of St. Domitilla or St. Callistus. 



You MUST bring an ID, a passport or a driver’s license to enter the sights.

Your knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the Catacombs

In the catacombs, you will have to join a group tour led by a guide from the catacombs staff.
We apologize for that, but private tours are not allowed in the catacombs. The rest of the tour will be private, and you’ll have your guide. 

This is the price for groups of one to six people. If you have more people in your group, please let us know and we’ll create a customized price.​​

595 € for 1 person
59 € per additional person
What's included
Skip-the-line tickets

in a Mercedes van or car

Pick-up & drop-off at your hotel

if in Rome city center

Contact us if you want more info or to design a tailored tour!
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