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How to See the Rome Catacombs at Night

written by Sean Finelli November 26, 2019
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The Rome Catacombs have become quite a popular destination for travelers visiting Rome. Though a little eerie, these underground burial chambers provide an excellent opportunity to venture outside of the city and see something a little different. However, what if you could see the Catacombs at the creepiest time of day? Here’s how to see the Rome Catacombs at night.

Rome Catacombs Night Tour

Seeing the Rome Catacombs at night can be a much different experience than exploring these sites during the day. If you’re into dark tourism, seeing the Rome Catacombs at night is truly an experience not to be missed.

To access the catacombs at night, you have to reserve a guided tour. To make sure you experience this after-hours visit with a storytelling and engaging guide, we recommend checking out our VIP Rome Catacombs Night Tour with Capuchin Crypts.

What are the Rome Catacombs?

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Rome is filled with catacombs, all hidden spaces used and built by ancient Romans. But, what were they for? 

The first Christians during the Roman Empire were not accepted and often persecuted. These people chose to keep following their religion and built the Catacombs as a safe haven. Here, they felt free to pray and bury their dead without having to fear the Roman Empire. 

Many of the Catacombs were decorated with frescoes and holy symbols able to connect people with God. In many Catacombs, these frescos are still preserved and their colors and beauty still attract people from all over the world.  

Why visit the Rome Catacombs After Hours?

With our guided tour, it’s possible to experience both the Priscilla catacombs and the Capuchin Crypts at night with few crowds. Check it out here.

Capuchin Crypts

Capuchin Crypts

On this tour, the first stop will be the Capucin Crypts, located right under Piazza Barberini. Underneath the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione Cappuccini, you will find 5 chapels: Crypt of the Resurrection, Crypt of the Skulls, Crypt of the Pelvises, Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones and Crypt of the Three Skeletons. Filled with bones of Capuchin friars, this eerie stop will set you up to continue your dark exploration of Rome at night.

Priscilla Catacombs

From the Crypts, we will provide transportation to the Priscilla Catacombs. Here you will jump into a new dimension. The guide will lead the way and show you this place also known as the biggest catacomb in Rome.

Located in northern Rome, on via Salaria more precisely, this site is open every day from 9 am to 12 pm and from 14 to 17 pm in the afternoon. According to historians, this area is one of the largest areas used by ancient Romans both as a burial place and religious site. It’s still a mystery whether or not the body of noblewoman Priscilla is buried there.

More Rome Catacombs

Wanna visit the Rome Catacombs during the day? Here are some other great ancient burial sites you can visit.

San Callisto Catacombs

Among the many catacombs, you might want to visit the San Callisto catacombs located in via Appia Antica and open every day until 5 pm. Erected during the 3rd century, the San Callisto catacombs are among the largest burial and religious places in Rome. 

Domitilla Catacombs

Another important site is the Domitilla Catacombs. Erected during the 1st century, these catacombs are the largest burial site ever found in Rome. They are open every day from 9 am to 12 am and from 2 pm until 5 pm. You can visit the Domitilla Catacombs during the day with one of our expert guides on our Rome Catacombs Tour with Capuchin Crypts.

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