Christian Catacombs

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Christian Catacombs in Rome

Although there are over fifty catacombs around the city of Rome, only a handful are open to the public. Those that are open have their own websites, and almost all hold regular guided tours. Scroll down this page for the official websites of these sites.  Click here for an interactive map of the catacombs in fourth-century Rome.

The Superintendent of Christian Catacombs for the Vatican is Prof. Fabrizio Bisconti (pcas@arcsacra.va).  Click here for a list of all officers, members, and inspectors of the Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra (PCAS).  Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi jointly presides over the PCAS and Pontifical Council for Culture

Vatican Index of Catacombs and Funerary Basilicas and access to catacombs closed to the public (including the Via Latina/via Dino Compagni Catacombs, Hypogeum of the Aurelii, etc.).

Vatican regulations on photographing and filming in the Christian catacombs.

Arranging a visit

To arrange a visit to a catacomb under Vatican jurisdiction that is ordinarily closed the public, contact:

Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra (Secretary Mons. Giovanni Carrù)
Palazzo del Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana
via Napoleone III, 1 - 00185 Rome
T. (+39) 06.44.65.610 ; +39 06.44.67.601 ; fax (+39) 06.44.67.625;
email: protocollo@arcsacra.va; modules (to request special openings): http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_commissions/archeo/italiano/documents/rc_com_archeo_doc_20011010_catacroma_it.html

Regulations

Regulations for visiting the catacombs closed to the public (click here for forms):
The Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra (when conditions permit) arranges for students, scholars, and non-profit associations to access the catacombs in Rome normally closed to the public.
Visits to these sites must be for study purposes only, and not for profit.  For this reason, non-profit associations only are allowed two visits per year for their members.
The PCAS secretary is the only authority who can grant permission to visit closed sites.
To access the closed catacombs, consult these rules and regulations.

Forms for the scheduling and payment of tours can be downloaded from the site "Catacombe chiuse al pubblico

"Anonymous" Catacombs under Municipal or Regional Jurisdiction

Private or "anonymous" catacombs documented and preserved, whenever possible, by the Italian State, include the Catacomb of via Rovigno, the Hypogeum of Trebius Justus on the via Latina, the catacomb galleries added to pre-existing funerary monuments like the Tomb of Cecilia Metella and Mausoleum of Lucilio Peto, and a number of other sites that also do not appear to contain venerated Christian tombs or shrines. Catacombs used by Jews fall into this category, but are maintained in exclusive partnership with the Union of Jewish Communities in Italy.  These sites are usually closed to the public, but may be possible to visit upon request.

Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma (SSBAR)
Piazzale delle Finanze, 1 - 00186, Rome
T. (+39) 06 480201
E-mail: ssba-rm@beniculturali.it
Web: http://archeoroma.beniculturali.it/

Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali (City Archaeological Commission)
Piazza Lovatelli, 35 - 00186 Rome
(T) 06 6710 3238/3887
E-mail: sovraintendenza@comune.roma.it
Web: http://www.sovraintendenzaroma.it/i_luoghi/roma_antica/monumenti

Websites for individual catacombs

Pontifical Academy “Cultorum Martyrum”
Palace of the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology
Via Napoleone III, 1 - 00185 Rome
T. (+39) 06.445.58.33
E-mail: cultorum.martyrum@org.va
Web: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_academies/cult-martyrum/index.htm
The “Cultorum Martyrum” Academy organizes liturgical celebrations of ancient Christian saints and martyrs at the sites in Rome where they were buried or where their relics are now kept.

Catacombs of Priscilla
Via Salaria, 430 – 00199 Rome
T. (+39) 06-86206272
E-mail: info@catacombepriscilla.com
Web: http://www.catacombepriscilla.com
Museum of Sarcophagi at Priscilla: http://www.mupris.net/museo.html
Google Street View of the Catacombs of Priscilla
Kahn Academy Video by Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Catacombs of S. Agnese & Mausoleum of Costanza
Via Nomentana, 349 - 00162 Rome
T. (+39) 06.86.20.54.56
E-mail: catacombe@santagnese.net
Web: http://www.santagnese.com/ (parish); http://www.santagnese.org/

Catacombs of Domitilla
Via delle Sette Chiese, 282 – 00147 Rome
T. (+39) 06.5110342 – F. 06.5110512
E-mail: info@domitilla.info
Web: http://www.domitilla.info/
3-D Laser Scan Model of the Domitilla Catacomb
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loUtDz8in8c

Catacombs of Saints Marcellino and Pietro and Mausoleum of S. Helena
via Casilina, 641 – 00177 Rome
T. (+39) 06.2419446 – 339.6528887
E-mail: santimarcellinoepietro@gmail.com
Web: http://www.santimarcellinoepietro.it/catacombe/

Catacombs of S. Sebastiano
Via Appia Antica, 136 - 00179 Rome
T. (+39) 06.78.50.350
F. (+39) 06.78.43.745
E-mail: info@catacombe.org
Web: http://www.catacombe.org

Catacombs of Callisto
Via Appia Antica, 110/126 – 00179 Rome
T. (+39) 06 – 513 01 51 – 06.51301511 (for group reservations)
F. (+39) 06 – 513 01 567
E-mail: scallisto@catacombe.roma.it
Web: http://www.catacombe.roma.it/

Museum of the "Torretta" at the Catacombs of Callisto
via Appia Antica, 78, 00179 Rome
scallisto@catacombe.roma.it
Open on the first Sunday of each month from 10-12 and 2-4 p.m., or by appointment.

Catacomb of via Dino Compagni (Via Latina)
Contact the Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra (see above)
Google Street View of the via Dino Compagni catacombs
ICS interactive Map of the Catacomb of via Dino Compagni

Committee for the Catacombe di Generosa (monthly visits)
Via Catacombe di Generosa, 43 - 00148 Rome
T. (+39) 349.7930661
Web: http://www.comitatocatacombedigenerosa.it

Catacombs of San Pancrazio
Via di S. Pancrazio, 5 - 00152 Rome
T. (+39) 06 581 0458
Web: http://www.sanpancrazio.org/monumenti/catacombe/visita-catacombe

Catacombs of Sant' Alessandro
Via Nomentana 1291 - 00137 Rome
T. (+39) 06 41400216
E-mail: SantAlessandro@VicariatusUrbis.org

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