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.
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.
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.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Admission Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 Euros - estimated cost for meals and souvenirs
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks