The Catacombs

The Catacombs
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The tour starts at the Esquilino Square with the visit of the Basilica of St. Mary Major dating back to the 5th Century A.D. with its beautiful mosaics and the relic of the Crib of the Infant Jesus. Next is the visit of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the cathedral of Rome, built under Constantine and renovated by Borromini in the 17th C., it contains numerous columns and precious marbles, many taken from the Colosseum. The Holy Staircase supposed to be the staircase of Pilate’s residence which Christ descended after His condemnation. It was brought from Jerusalem to Rome by St. Helena, mother of Constantine. Visit to the Catacombs, the ancient underground cemeteries, testimony of the early Christians’ faith, these cover a length of 120 Km. The Ancient Appian Way (Via Appia Antica), built in 312 B.C., with the chapel of Domine Quo Vadis, the place of the apparition of Christ to St. Peter.

Departure Times:
Daily departure at 2.30 pm

Duration: 3 hours

Esquilino Square, Rome

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