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ItalyLove May 8th, 2006 07:51 PM

catacombs in Rome??
Which is a good tour company for a tour of the catacombs in Rome?
Any experiences with these visits?

jgg May 8th, 2006 08:43 PM

You don't need a tour company to see the Catacombs. You are not allowed to go down inside the Catacombs without one of their own guides, so basically the tour company would just drive you there. You can take the bus or a taxi on your own. The Catacombs are great - don't miss them!

lucelli May 9th, 2006 02:03 AM

jgg has given you the answer. Supplementary advice is to say "catacombe, per favore" in a loudish voice on the bus, and everyone will let you know when you get there! Note that the catacombs are closed at midday between 12.00 noon and 14.30 hrs. I would advise you to start with the catacomb of San Sebastiano and see the others on different days. You will have to wait in a queue for ages for the 'English Tour', and if Father Richard is still there he will tell you that the reason is that if they have the English tour first, rather than the French, Spanish, etc. ones, everyone will join the English, and the numbers will be too great! The catacomb of San Callisto is closed on Wednesdays and that of Domitilla on Tuesdays. Enjoy.

bardo1 May 9th, 2006 05:41 AM

Not actually a "tour company", but the Archeobus is the most convenient way to reach the catacombs (as well as other sights along the Appian Way). Here's more info:;l3=0&l4=0

I strongly suggest you fill a backpack w/ picnic items before boarding and heading out as dining options are limited (though picnic areas abound).

dewdrops May 9th, 2006 06:03 AM


SeaUrchin May 9th, 2006 06:33 AM

or you can take an Enjoy Rome tour to the catacombs like I just did in March.

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