The Catacombs of San Callisto are just one of the many catacombs of Rome, five of which are regularly open to the public. These Catacombs were used by Christians as subterranean burial places.
Built in around 150 AD, the Catacombs of San Callisto span five floors and hold over half a million bodies, making them the largest of their kind in Rome. Whilst some believe that the practice of underground burials derived from the persecution of the Christians and thus the need to keep the graves safe, others think that this was just the custom at the time and due to the fact that they owned little land.
The most famous residents of the Catacombs of San Callisto are a number of popes of the third century, but not Pope St. Callixtus after whom the catacombs are named. Instead, this pope was responsible for part of the construction and expansion of the Catacombs of San Callisto.
The Catacombs of San Callisto are located in the south of Rome and accessible via bus routes 118 and 218. The nearest metro station is Colli Albani - Parla Appia Antica (line A) but this is quite a walk away (around 30-45 minutes).
The Catacombs of San Callisto are open daily except Wednesdays, 9am-5pm (closed from midday to 2:30pm). They are closed in February, on 25 December, 1 January and at Easter. Admission plus a guided tour costs around €8 or €5 with concession.
Via Appia Antica, 126, 00179 Rome, Italy
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