The Catacombs & the Appian Way TourStretching over 330 miles from the southern tip of Italy to the capital city, the Appian Way was once the most significant road in the world. The famous route is dotted on either side by tombs and catacombs, and our tour will take you inside these eerie structures. Our well-educated guides will divulge extensive information about the history of this important road.
Meeting Place and Time:
Via del Colosseo, 24, Roma. See Map
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The Appian Way & Catacombs Tour Experience:
The Catacombs & Appian Way Tour gives you an insight to arguably some of the darkest and most interesting times and places in the history of the city of Rome. You will start your adventure in the Capuchin Crypts, a series of small underground chapels that contain the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order. These haunting one of a kind decorations which the Catholic order insists is not meant to be macabre, but a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth and our own mortality. The unforgettable experience does not stop there as your guide and driver take you out of the heart of Rome and on to one of the oldest and most strategically important roads of the Roman Empire. The Appian Way, known as the Queen of long roads, the length of which is gilded with historical artefacts and ruins, including the most well preserved Circus remaining and an incredible example of what the great Circus Maximus would have looked like before its decay into ruin. At the end of the Appian way you will visit one of Romes famous catacombs, descending deep underground through miles of an extensive network of tunnels once the burial places to Roman citizens of all faiths and religions. Join us on an experience like no other and discover The Catacombs & Appian Way on a fully guided tour through the deepest depths of Roman history.
The Appian Way, Crypts & Catacombs:
Constructed beginning in 312BC, the Appian Way famously connected the city of Rome to Brindisi, a coastal city at the south-eastern tip of Italy. Not only famous as a historic thoroughfare, the Appian Way is also famous to Catholics as the site where St. Peter returned to Rome to become crucified as a martyr. As you walk along sections of this famous road, your guides will describe the centuries of developments that made the Appian Way a crucial strategic point for the Roman Empire.
The Appian Way was not only popular as a trade route, but also became known for the monuments, tombs, and catacombs that were erected on both sides of the road. Famous monuments along the Appian Way include the Circus of Maxentius and the Baths of Caracalla; these ancient structures are almost two millennia old! Other important buildings that will be seen on this tour include one of the three famed Catacombs of Rome.
The Catacombs of Rome are ancient catacombs, underground burial places under Rome, Italy, of which there are at least forty, some discovered only in recent decades. Though most famous for Christian burials, either in separate catacombs or mixed together, people of all the Roman religions are buried in them, beginning in the 2nd century AD, mainly as a response to overcrowding and shortage of land. The Etruscans, like many other European peoples, used to bury their dead in underground chambers.
The Christian catacombs are extremely important for the art history of early Christian art, as they contain the great majority of examples from before about 400 AD, in fresco and sculpture, as well as gold glass medallions (these, like most bodies, have been removed).
The Capuchin Crypt is a small space comprising several tiny chapels located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. It contains the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order. The Catholic order insists that the display is not meant to be macabre, but a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth and our own mortality.
Recognizing the interests of our elite client base, we’ve designed an Appian Way tour that is compelling, well designed, and highly educational. You can count on your guide for a wealth of information and interesting anecdotes from the early days of Roman civilization. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn about one of the most interesting sections of ancient Rome.