Catacombe di San Callisto


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These are Rome's largest catacombs. Buried in the 29km (18 miles) of tunnels were nine popes (venerated in a chapel known as il piccolo Vaticano), dozens of martyrs and thousands of Christians. They are stacked down, with the oldest on the top. Named after the banker, deacon and later pope Callixtus, who was administrator of the catacombs in the early third century, the area became the first official cemetery of the Church of Rome. The crypt of St Cecilia is the spot where this patron saint of music is believed to have been buried before she was moved to her eponymous church in Trastevere; the statue is a copy of the one in the church.

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Catacombe di San Callisto details

Via Appia Antica 78, 110 & 126

Area Rome

Telephone 06 513 0151

Catacombe di San Callisto website

Open 9am-noon, 2-5pm Mon, Tue, Thur-Sun. Closed late Jan-late Feb.

Admission €5; €3 concessions.