Le Catacombe di San Callisto

Via Appia Antica, 110/126

Daily except Wednesday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm

The catacombs of San Callixtus are among the greatest and most importants of ancient Rome. Located in Via Appia Antica, the Roman road build by the Emperors, they are very famous because of the Capella dei Papi, which contains the tomb of several Popes between the 2nd and 4h centuries. The catacombs were discovered in 1854 by the Italian archaeologist Giovanno Battista de Rossi. When you arrive, you can’t see anything, it seems that you are in a big green field. However underneath this field there are about 16 tombs of famous Popes, 50 martyrs tombs and the tombs of the first Christians. It is inside these caves that Christian art was born, with the fish being one of the first symbols for the Christ. If you are looking for something different out of town this place is a nice tip.

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Image by David Soanes from Shutterstock

Image by David Soanes from Shutterstock