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Catacombe di Priscilla

Via Salaria 430, 00199 Rome, Italy
+39 06 8620 6272
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The Catacombs of Priscilla, sits on the Via Salaria, with its entrance in the convent of the Benedictine Sisters of Priscilla. It is mentioned in all of the most ancient documents on Christian topography and liturgy in Rome; because of the great number of martyrs buried within it, it was called “regina catacumbarum – the queen of the catacombs.” Originally dug out from the second to fifth centuries, it began as a series of underground burial chambers, of which the most important are the “arenarium” or sand-quarry, the cryptoporticus, (an underground area to get away from the summer heat), and the hypogeum with the tombs of the Acilius Glabrio family. The noblewoman Priscilla, who granted the Church use of the property, was a member of this family; her commemoration is noted on January 16th in the Roman Martyrology, which speaks of her as a benefactor of the Christian community in Rome. This cemetery was lost like all the others after the entrances were blocked to protect it from thievery; however, it was also one of the first to be rediscovered, in the sixteenth-century. A large portion of the funerary inscription, sarcophagi, stone and bodies (presumed to be those of martyrs) were subsequently taken away; nevertheless, the catacomb does preserve some particularly beautiful and important paintings, the most significant of which are included on the regular visit.
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Via Salaria 430, 00199 Rome, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Extremely interesting place to visit- 40,000 catacombs- not crowded at all - small tours - quite an eerie experience!!! English speaking tour guide who was very informative and passionate about the subject. Small gift shop but no cafe nearby be warned! Take water/drink with you....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My students and I had a wonderful time at the Catacombs of Priscilla. I had never been but it was an amazing experience.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an interesting place, but really not much to see. We were a little disappointed. Whatever you do, don’t take a tour of this through City Wonders - it was a huge disappointment.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We reserved a time before our trip to Rome, but upon arrival there were many people waiting for the tour. Needless to say, the group seemed rather large to navigate the underground cemetery. The history behind the catacombs is fascinating. You actually walk through the...More

2  Thank Iamtoofancy
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

Was easy enough to reach from the metro station, a fairly easy 10 to 15 minute walk with Google Maps. The attendant sold me a ticket to the English-speaking tour. The guide was quite informative, yet I was disappointed when he said the Vatican had...More

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Reviewed 6 June 2018

Want to learn more about the roman catacombs? This is a guided tour (can’t go down on your own) with lots of explanations. When you arrive, they will tell you what time is the next tour either in Italian or in English. The temperature is...More

2  Thank Earth-Is-Beautiful4
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

The Priscilla's catacombe itself is very interesting, out of crowds. We are not English native speakers but we both work in Englisk speaking environment. Unfortunately the "english speaking" guide, spoke by English, that nobody understood. He spoke very quickly and was in a hurry during...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

I don’t understand why this is not one of the top visited places in Rome. You have to visit this place. Very big down in the ground and lots of history to learn from. Kids love things like this.

1  Thank Joe W
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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

It’s a little hard to get to but worth the effort. The English tour was very informative. Be aware that it is closed from noon until 2:00.

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Reviewed 21 April 2018

In researching which of the Roman catacombs to visit, those of Priscilla seemed the most fascinating, and we were not disappointed. They are easy to reach via a short bus trip from central Rome ( a bit far to walk), and the reasonably priced guided...More

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PriscillaJo
25 May 2018|
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Response from Matt D | Reviewed this property |
You have to go on a guided tour. Also worth noting that they close for lunch, so definitely best to contact them by e-mail or telephone to check availability
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155011Harper
12 February 2018|
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Response from Ed T | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was €8 however we went as part of the Crypts and Catacombs tour which was fantastic and I would highly recommend as there are no line ups and great guides. As well then you are also toured on a coach with even... More
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Response from Linnes38 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Chloe. Our guide was young, knowledgeable and his English was good. No doubt he was following a script but it didn't feel that way and he answered all our questions. We were there in April, slightly out of season, and... More
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