Pagan Faith and Christian Catacombs Private Tour

Tour Number

Activity Level

708311


Categories

First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage, Shore Excursion

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.
The catacombs, being underground galleries, are not suitable if suffering of claustrophobia or with mobility concerns

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

Italian (fluent), English (fluent)

Life after Death for the ancient Romans


What were Religion and Death for the Romans? Were their ceremonies, habits and hopes really so different from the ones of the Christians and ours? With this tour you will find answers by visiting the Appian Way, a perfectly preserved ancient road surrounded by the impressive tombs of the elite of Rome as the mausoleum of Caecilia Metella, the daughter of a senator. You will then explore the christian catacomb of Domitilla, one of more than 60 in the city, and you will understand that such underground cemeteries had nothing to do with persecutions but much with a rational use of space. Entering the church of the martyrs Nereus and Achilleus with its poor, touching graves of common people will show the simple and intimate faith of the early Christians while the grandiose Basilica of S. Paul, erected in 390 AD in a pagan cemetery over the tomb of the saint, shows perfectly the transition to an official state religion imposed by the roman Emperors, reflecting the magnificence and decline of their absolute power.

Itinerary

Appian way
Mausoleum of S. Caecilia (inside visit)
Catacomb of Domitilla and church of S. Nereus and Achilleus (inside visit))
(Catacombs of S. Sebastian or S. Callistus if Domitilla not accessible)
Basilica of S. Paul outside-the-walls

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Hotel

Duration: 4 hours

In case of no accessibility to the catacombs of Domitilla the ones of S. Sebastian or S. Clemente will be visited instead.

Transportation

Luxury Mercedes class A cars or Viano vans are used for the necessary transportation from one site to the other. All vehicles are less than 2 y.o., fully equipped with A/C and driven by professionals.
Eating is not allowed on board.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation
  • Admission Tickets

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 Euros - estimated cost for meals and souvenirs

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks
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  • Tour Number

    Activity Level

    708311


    Categories

    First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage, Shore Excursion

    Details

    Kid Friendly: Yes.

    Friendly: No.
    The catacombs, being underground galleries, are not suitable if suffering of claustrophobia or with mobility concerns

    Maximum travelers: 6

    Language(s)

    explanation

    Italian (fluent), English (fluent)

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