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The Catacombs of Callixtus were the official cemetery of the Church of Rome in the 3rd century AD, and today, they are the most important Roman Catacombs.

St Callixtus Catacombs on the Appian Way is the final resting place of half a million Christians, including 16 Popes. 

The underground burial place gets its name from St. Callixtus, who was requested to administer the cemetery by Pope Zephyrinus at the beginning of the 3rd century AD.

The Callixtus Catacombs consist of a complex labyrinth of tunnels and passageways containing various burial chambers known as loculi (niches) and cubicula (small rooms).

The walls of these chambers are adorned with intricate frescoes and inscriptions that offer insights into early Christian beliefs, practices, and artwork.

This article shares everything you must know before buying tickets to the Catacombs of Callixtus.

What to expect at Callixtus Catacombs

Also known as the Catacombs of San Callisto, these are the most sacred and important Roman Catacombs.

Local guides take all visitors around the underground burial; self-guided tours aren’t allowed.

Visitors can book only the guided tour or opt for the guided tour with a shuttle from Rome

These tours provide historical context, information about the catacombs’ significance, and details about the early Christian burials and artwork.

Visitors learn about the catacombs’ rituals, burial customs, and early Christian practices. It’s a chance to understand the religious significance of these underground burial sites.

The catacombs contain a maze of narrow underground tunnels, passages, chambers, and crypts.

Expect dimly lit corridors and rooms, so comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing are recommended.

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Where to book tickets for Callixtus Catacombs

Tickets for Callixtus Catacombs are available online in advance or at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters. 

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because Callixtus Catacombs sell a limited number of tickets, booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Go to the Callixtus Catacombs ticket booking page and select your preferred date, time slot, and number of tickets to buy.

You will receive the ticket confirmation in your email after the booking.

There is no need to get printouts of the ticket. 

You can exchange your e-voucher on your smartphone at the ticket counter when you visit the attraction.

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Tickets for Catacombs of Callixtus

There are many ways to experience San Calisto Catacombs in Rome. 

You can book the standard guided tour and reach the attraction by yourself. The ticket price of the standard guided tour will cost you €14 for all visitors above 17 years old.

Children aged between seven to 16 years will get a €3 discount and pay €11 for the tour.

Infants up to six years old can take the tour for free.

Or, you can book a tour of the catacombs with a shuttle. The ticket price of the catacombs tour with a shuttle will cost you €48 for all visitors above 1 years old.

Children aged between six to 15 years will get a €10 discount and pay €38 for the tour.

Infants up to five years old can take the tour for free.

Visitors who want to know the region better opt for the Catacombs and Capuchin Crypt Guided Tour with Transfer.

We explain the numerous Catacombs of Callixtus tours below. 

Guided tour of Callixtus Catacombs

This ticket is the cheapest way to explore San Calisto Catacombs in Rome. 

The guide takes you through the immense underground cemetery excavated by the Christians of Rome from the 3rd to the 5th century AD and narrates stories of the tragic persecution of Christians.

While booking these tickets, you must select a time of arrival. 

Ticket Prices

Adult Tickets (17+ years): €14
Youth Ticket (7 to 16 years): €11
Infant Ticket (up to 6 years): Free

Guided tour of Callixtus Catacombs + shuttle

This tour starts at 9.30 am, 10.30 am, and 1.45 pm – from Touristation’s office at Piazza Venezia.

After seeing your tickets, the staff directs you to the van that takes you to the catacombs and brings you back after the tour. 

This tour includes the shuttle, a guided tour of the Roman Catacombs, and a free 25-minute Ancient Rome multimedia video.

This tour is available in English, German, Italian, and French.

Ticket Price

Adult Tickets (16+ years): €48
Youth Ticket (6 to 15 years): €38
Infant Ticket (up to 5 years): Free

Catacombs and Capuchin Crypt Guided Tour with Transfer

This 3-hour tour lets you uncover what lies below the surface and discover 3 of Rome’s most significant archeological sites: the Capuchin Crypts, the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, and the Appian Way.

Enjoy the convenience of skip-the-line access and air-conditioned transportation throughout the tour.

Visit the Capuchin Crypt to begin your tour, where your guide will tell you about the amazing history of the people thought to be the Capuchin Friars.

Before entering the vast subterranean catacombs, visit the Catacombs of St. Callixtus and take in the cemeteries from the main floor.

On your way back to Rome, stop by the spectacular Aurelian Wall and walk down the Appian Way, a major artery during the Roman Empire’s reign.

The tour is available at 10 am and 2.45 pm

Ticket Prices

Adult ticket (18+ years): €70
Child ticket (7 to 17 years): €62
Infant ticket (up to 6 years): €30

If money isn’t an issue, but you would prefer some customization check out the private tour of the Catacombs and Appian Way.

Catacombs + Capuchin Crypt + Roman Aqueducts

This trip is a complete tour of the city’s countryside. It includes three attractions – the labyrinthine of Roman Catacombs, Capuchin Crypt, locally known as the ‘Bone Chapel,’ and the Roman Aqueducts.

You move between these attractions in an air-conditioned vehicle. 

Your English-speaking guide is with you all through the three hours and twenty five minutes of the tour. 

Ticket Prices

Adult ticket (15+ years): €74
Child ticket (2 to 14 years): €69
Infant ticket (up to 1 year): Free

Here are a few more exciting tours we recommend – 

Catacombs tour Rating Cost
Electric Bike Tour of Appian Way 4.9/5 €79
Capuchin Crypts entry tickets 4.7/5 €38
Private tour of crypts of Domitilla 4.9/5 €55

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How to reach St Callixtus Catacombs

The Catacombs of St. Callixtus are between the Church of Quo Vadis and the Basilica of Saint Sebastian.

Address: Via Appia Antica, 110/126, 00179 Roma RM, Italy. Get Directions

It is best to get to these Roman Catacombs by public transport or the vehicle offered by your tour operator. 

There are many ways to get to Callixtus Catacombs from Roma Termini, the central railway station of Rome.

By Metro A Line

You can board Metro A (towards Anagnina) from Termini station and get down at San Giovanni (in Laterano). 

From just outside San Giovanni station, board bus number 218 (towards Ardeatina) and get off at the Fosse Ardeatine stop.

The catacombs are a quick walk from the bus stop.

You can also board the Metro A train (towards Anagnina) and get off at Arco di Travertino station.

From Arco di Travertino, take bus number 660 and get off at the Appia Pignatelli/Appia Antica bus stop.

From the stop, the attraction is less than 300 meters (950 feet). 

By Metro B Line

Visitors can board Metro B (towards Laurentina) from Termini station and get down at either Colosseo station or Circo Massimo station.

Then, board bus number 118 (towards Appia/Villa Dei Quintili) and get down at Catacombe di San Callisto’s entrance. 

By Bus

If you want to avoid the subway, you can board bus number 714 and get off at the Navigatori bus stop

If you stick to the Via delle Sette Chiese, you will reach San Calisto Catacombs after a 1 km (.6 miles) walk.

If that was too much to plan, book a tour to the Catacombs of St Callixtus and let someone else worry about the transport. 

By Car

If you’re traveling by car, turn on your Google Maps and get started.

There are enough parking garages around the attraction.

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Callixtus Catacomb hours

From Thursday to Tuesday, the Catacombs of St. Callixtus opens at 9 am and closes at noon. 

After a two-hour break, the Catacombs re-open at 2 pm and close for the day at 5 pm. 

The final guided tour in the morning begins at noon, and the last guided tour in the afternoon starts at 5 pm.

The tourist attraction along the Appian Way remains closed on Wednesday. 

The Catacombs of St. Callixtus also remain closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, and Christmas.

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How long do Callixtus Catacombs take?

The guided tours at the Catacombs of St. Callixtus in Rome begin every 30 minutes and take around 40 minutes to complete.

The catacombs can only be visited in groups of at least two persons, accompanied by guides. 

Since self-guided tours are not allowed, all visitors leave the underground burial site in 40-45 minutes. 

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What to wear to San Calisto Catacombs

San Calisto Catacomb is considered a holy place and site of worship. 

Visitors must dress up appropriately – no shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed for either men or women. 

Ladies must cover their shoulders. If you plan to wear a skirt or trousers, please ensure it is below knee level.

Rome has around 60 Catacombs, out of which five are most popular with tourists. Find out everything about the Catacombs of Rome.

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What to see at Callixtus Catacombs

The Catacombs have an exciting history – from their origin to their decline and rediscovery in the modern era. 

With so much to see, they are a great way to understand the life and times of the Christians living in Rome. 

Crypt of the Popes

Crypt of Popes
Crypt of the Popes at Callixtus Catacombs. Image: Dnalor 01, Wikipedia

The Popes’ crypt is the cemetery’s most important and revered crypt.

It is also known as the ‘The Little Vatican’ because it was the official burial place of nine popes of Rome’s 3rd century Church. 

Crypt of St.Cecilia

In the adjoining crypt is the tomb of St.Cecilia, the patron saint of music. 

She belonged to a Roman royal family and was martyred in the 3rd century. 

Her remains were in the crypt for at least five centuries, but in 821, they were sent to Trastevere to be preserved in the Basilica dedicated to her.

Visitors can see a statue of St. Cecilia, a copy of the celebrated work sculptured by Stefano Maderno in 1599.

Cubicles of the sacraments

The five small chambers are commonly known as the cubicles of the Sacraments and are famous for their frescoes.

Visitors love these frescoes dated to the third century.

Pope Melziades’ area

Through an open passage in the back wall of Cubicle A1, visitors can enter the area of St. Miltiades, where he is buried. 

This space assumes significance because, during his pontificate, Emperor Constantine the Great issued the Edict of Milan, giving Christianity legal status within Rome.

Catacombs of Callixtus Ticket FAQs

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the Catacombs of Callixtus:

Can I book tickets online in advance for the Catacombs of Callixtus?

Yes, visitors can book tickets for the Catacombs of Callixtus online. To avoid last-minute disappointment, booking tickets in advance is highly recommended, especially during peak tourist season.

Do I need a guided tour to visit the Catacombs of Callixtus?

Guided tours are recommended to explore the catacombs, as self-guided tours aren’t allowed. Guided tours provide valuable insights into the history and significance of the site.

Can I cancel and get a refund for my ticket to Catacombs of Callixtus?

Cancellation and rescheduling is possible until 24 hours before your visit.

Are there any restrictions or guidelines for visitors?

Following are the guidelines visitors need to follow:
-Visitors are required to keep the admission ticket for the entire visit.
-Wheelchairs are not permitted in the catacombs due to the architectural barriers of the monument.
-Do not visit the catacombs if you are claustrophobic.
-Touching and/or damaging the exhibits is forbidden.
-Removing any object and/or material from the catacombs is forbidden.
-Taking pictures and/or videos inside the catacombs is forbidden.
-Smoking is forbidden inside the catacombs.

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