The dark side of Rome: Catacombs San Sebastiano and Callisto tour

The dark side of Rome: Catacombs San Sebastiano and Callisto tour

The dark side of Rome: Catacombs San Sebastiano and Callisto tour


Short description

Visit the Catacombs of San Sebastiano and San Callisto on this 6-hour guided tour. Walk the underground passages of San Sebastiano, the oldest Christian tomb in Rome. See the resting spot of martyrs and popes at San Callisto.



  • Learn about the history of early Christianity from your knowledgable guide
  • Walk the underground labyrinth made up by the many passage ways of the Catacombs of San Sebastiano
  • See the resting place of Martyrs, Popes, and early Christians in the Catacombs of San Callisto


Tour Description: 

Meet your guide and take a 50-minute drive just outside of Rome to the tombs underneath Civitavecchia. Visit The Catacombs of San Sebastiano, the oldest Christian cemetery in Rome. Walk through the miles of underground passageways that make up this sacred site. Stand in the cavernous underground chambers where early Christians congregated. Hear about the burial practices of the early Christians, and see some of the Christian symbols carved into the walls of the catacombs.

Next, see the Catacombs of San Callisto, the largest and most significant early Christian burial site in Rome. Travel back in time to the 2nd century and see the resting place of 10 martyrs, 16 popes, and 100’s of early Christians who died for their faith. Learn about the persecution of Christianity under the Romans as you walk through a 9-acre underground labyrinth. Contemplate the faith of Christ’s early believers as you make your way through this somber resting place. Afterward, relax in the beautiful garden outside before returning to the port of Civitavecchia.


Availability: year round 

Days of Operation: daily except wednesday and religious Holidays

Duration: 6,5 hours

Tour starts: 08.45 AM 

Meeting point:  Largo della Pace. 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” 

Pick-up and drop off: Terminal Cruise Shuttle bus – Largo della Pace, Civitavecchia. We offer pickup service from all accommodation facilities located in the city center. Hotels, B&B’s and apartments. Please include, in your reservation, the accommodation name and its address. The time will be at 07.30 AM approxmatively, due to the traffic conditions you could wait 5 – 10 minutes more





Additional services on request: fixed menu lunch in a typical restaurant


Useful information:

We suggest to wear comfortable shoes and remember that is not permitted to visit churches in shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders. The tour can be changed  without notice due to weather and traffic. You can start the tour directly from the meeting point. Visitors could be asked an ID/Passport for security reasons, please make sure you have a valid one with you.

For safety reasons, all visitors must pass through metal detectors and there is sometimes a line for this.

A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women

Mandatory Covid-19 Rules – Traveler Requirements starting from August 6, 2021 until further notice:

All participants who are over 6 years old are required to bring and wear a facemask.
In accordance with government guidelines, during the service all participants must maintain a safety distance of 1 meter from other people.

All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days before the activity starts, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts.
All participants who are over 12 years old must bring and present a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license, etc.) matching the vaccination or test results.

Those who will not present the required documents will not be entitled to any credit or refund. For more information about how the rules may apply to you, read here or consult the Italian embassy in your country.


Good to Know Before You Go

You may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican (smaller than 40cm length x 35cm width x 15cm depth). Anything bigger than this, or any umbrellas or camera tripods, must be checked into the Vatican Museums cloakroom at the beginning of the tour. Thus, we recommend traveling light and leave any unnecessary belongings at home.

The Vatican Museum reserve the right to deny entrance to any individual not adhering to their entrance rules and restrictions including, but not limited to, providing proper identification and conformance to its dress code.

Cancellation Policy: 

For cancellations before 48 h in advance of scheduled departure: No cancellation fee, charging only the costs incurred for booking tickets;

For cancellations before 24 hours (1 day) in advance of scheduled departure: 50% of tour price per person

For cancellations less than 24 hours (1 day) in advance of scheduled departure: 100% of tour price per person

No-show: 100% charge