Jewish Catacombs

Visiting Jewish Catacombs in Rome

The ICS is proud to be the only United States organization to facilitate visits to Rome's Jewish catacombs. For information on how to visit these catacombs and on the unique partnership between the Union of Italian Jewish communities (UCEI) and the Italian Ministry of Culture for their study and conservation, see our list below. Please note that, at present (2018), only two Jewish catacombs in Rome are accessible, those of the Vigna Randanini and Villa Torlonia:

Jewish Catacombs of the “Vigna Randanini"
Via Appia Pignatelli, n. 4 (Appia - Rome)

Below private property.  Open to the public by appointment (link) email: - Photogallery (link)

Jewish Catacomb of the “Vigna Cimarra"
Via di San Sebastiano, n. 28 (Appia - Rome)

Below private property.  Click here for a site visit in 2001.

Jewish Catacombs of the Villa Torlonia
Via Nomentana, n. 70 (Nomentana - Rome)

In a public park.  In restoration through 2017 (link).

Jewish Catacombs of Monteverde
Area bordered by the Circonvallazione Gianicolense - via Francesco Massi - via Vincenzo Monti (Portuense - Rome)

Destroyed or inaccessible. Press release on a 2013 study and video.

Jewish Catacombs on the Via Labicana
Via Casilina, opposite “La Certosa” (Casilina - Rome)

Destroyed or inaccessible.

Click here for Bibliography on the Jewish Catacombs and Jews in Ancient Rome.

To visit the Jewish catacombs and other archaeological sites in Rome administered by the Italian State but not ordinarily open to the public, authorization must be obtained directly from:

Soprintendenza Speciale Colosseo, Museo Nazionale Romano, area archeologica di Roma (SSCOL)
Piazza dei Cinquecento, 67 - 00185 Rome tel. +1/39/0647788415 - fax 06/48903504

Starting in May of 2016, the organization Coopculture will collaborate with the SSCOL on occasional public tours of the Vigna Randanini site.  The calendar and booking information is here.

For information regarding jurisdiction over Jewish sites in Italy (L. 8 marzo 1989, n. 101, art. 17: "Norme per la regolazione dei rapporti tra lo Stato e l'Unione delle Comunità ebraiche italiane: Beni culturali e ambientali"), contact the non-profit Fondazione per i Beni Culturali ebraici in Italia (Foundation for Jewish Cultural Monuments and Art in Italy):

Fondazione per i Beni Culturali ebraici in Italia ONLUS
Lungotevere Raffaello Sanzio 9, Rome - Tel. 340.7368280

Note: Jewish catacombs and individual burial chambers have been identified in other Italian regions south of Rome, including Venosa (PZ), Naples, Bari, Sicily, and Sardinia.  Contact information for visiting these sites is here.

The Jewish Community of Rome's Culture Department also promotes the preservation and study of the city's Jewish sites:

Comunità Ebraica di Roma (C.E.R.), Dipartimento di Cultura Ebraica
Lungotevere De’ Cenci – 00186 Rome - Tel. +39 06 68400628 – Fax: +39 0668400684

The C.E.R.'s Cultural Department collaborates with the cultural association, "Le Cinque Scole" to facilitate tours to Jewish historic sites in Rome:
Associazione Culturale Le Cinque Scole - Viale Giotto 25, 00153 Rome - Tel. +39.348.1224039 - - E-mail: or

Cultural organizations and tour companies that arrange visits to Jewish catacombs in Rome

General assistance with visiting Jewish sites in Rome: Jewish Community of Rome Information Center (JewishInfoPoint), via Santa Maria del Pianto, 1, 00186, Rome;; tel. 3288976222.

Individuals and groups visiting Rome may also contact one of the authorized non-profit organizations, tour companies, and private guides listed below to schedule a private tour of the Jewish catacombs.  Public, state-sponsored tours are held on occasion, and announced on our social media (Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+).

Tour organizers: Please contact if you would like to be added to this list (multi-lingual guides are preferred)

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