Visiting Jewish Catacombs in Rome
The ICS is proud to be the only United States organization to facilitate tours of Rome's Jewish catacombs by providing extensive written and visual documentation of their structure and history (link). For information on how to visit the Jewish 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 (2021), the only Jewish catacombs in Rome accessible to the public are those of the Vigna Randanini (tours of the Villa Torlonia catacombs are planned for the near future in conjunction with construction of the Shoah Museum of Rome):
Jewish Catacombs of “Vigna Randanini"
Via Appia Pignatelli, n. 4 (Appia - Rome)
Below private property. Open to the public by arrangement with the Direction of the Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica (link); email: email@example.com - Photogallery (link). Overview (in English) of Catacombs' topography and development here (link).
Jewish Catacomb of “Vigna Cimarra"
Via di San Sebastiano, n. 28 (Appia - Rome)
Below private property. For information, contact the Direction of the Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica (link); email: firstname.lastname@example.org Click here for a site visit in 2001.
Jewish Catacombs of Villa Torlonia
Via Nomentana, n. 70 (Nomentana - Rome)
In a public park. In restoration through 2019; for information on their projected opening in late 2019, contact the Soprintendenza Speciale Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio di Roma - tel. +39.06-47788415; email Dr. Anna De Santis (archaeological inspector for Rome's Municipio III): email@example.com. Overview (in English) of the Villa Torlonia Catacombs' topography and development here (link).
Jewish Catacombs of Monteverde
Area bordered by the Circonvallazione Gianicolense - via Francesco Massi - via Vincenzo Monti - Rome-Viterbo railway (Portuense - Rome).
Destroyed or inaccessible; for information, contact Soprintendenza Speciale Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio di Roma - tel. +39.06-47788415; email Dr. Roberta Pardi (archaeological inspector for Rome's Municipio XII): firstname.lastname@example.org. Press release on a 2013 study and video.
Jewish Catacombs on the Via Labicana
Via Casilina, opposite “La Certosa” (Casilina - Rome).
Destroyed or inaccessible: for information, contact Soprintendenza Speciale Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio di Roma - tel. +39.06-47788415; email Dr. Rocco Bochicchio (archaeological inspector for Rome's Municipio V): email@example.com.
Click here for free study guides to the Jewish Catacombs and 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
For information regarding legal 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. Many (though not all) indexed in "Visit Jewish Italy", an excellent resource for locating Jewish monuments across modern Italy, including cemeteries and archaeological sites.
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 - http://www.jewishromecinquescole.com/w/ - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Cultural organizations and tour companies that arrange visits to Jewish catacombs in Rome
General assistance with visiting Jewish sites in Rome can be obtained from the Jewish Community of Rome; http://www.romaebraica.it; firstname.lastname@example.org: tel. 3288976222.
Individuals and groups visiting Rome may chose to work with authorized non-profit organizations, tour companies, and private guides to schedule a private tour of the Jewish catacombs. Site visits are also announced on ICS social media (blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+).
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