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Catacombe di Priscilla

Via Salaria 430, 00199 Rome, Italy
+39 06 8620 6272
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2.5-Hour Private Rome Catacombs Family Tour
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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

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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Reviewed 6 days ago

I thought I would be visiting catacombs resembling those in Paris, far from the case. Due to visitors removing "souvenirs" , so there is not much to see, it was somewhat interesting none the less.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unfortunately photos are not allowed but the tour was amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the whole experience was very good and informative. It only took 30 mins and cost 8 euros person. The gift shop is also very good. I totally recommend it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a very unique experience to imagine so many deadbodies all lying at one place as exhibits. However now there are only cavities where they were once stored. But the place is like 8 storied deep and we are shown around by a guide...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very intreresting tour down undergroudn in the catacombs guided by an excellent guide showing a great knowledge! A place I will always remember.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Last day in Rome and went on recommendation. Didn’t know what to expect. €8 each for a tour (you can’t go down by yourself). Guide was interesting and funny. 40,000 catacombs in total, a lot still unopened but all in the public view have been...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting and educational underground experience, combined with the dry humour of a dedicated guide

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am very glad I chose this catacomb complex to tour. The walk and the guide centered upon faith and practice of the early Christian Community. She explained how niches were dug out and burials took place. I was happy to see that those with...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here to see something new of historical rome it was very good but short would have liked more time to delve into the history rather than just Boeing told basic facts but still enjoyable

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

There are many Catacombes in Rome however this one was perfectly located for us as not too far out of the main city and only a short bus ride away. I am not good as a passenger travelling so would not have been able to...More

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Thank you very much for your feedback! We are glad to know that our guides work with passion and that you like our tour.

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155011Harper
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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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