• Tour code: 5835CATACOMBS
  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
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Go underneath Rome’s ancient streets on a fascinating private tour of the Jewish catacombs. With a private guide, you’ll explore the Vigna Randanini catacombs, one of only two Jewish catacombs in the city that are open to visitors. Hear about their interesting history from your guide, who will translate the Greek and Latin epitaphs on the marble tombs. As you take in the mortuaries and burial chambers along the narrow walkways, learn how Jewish catacombs differ from Christian and pagan tombs.

Highlights

  • 1.5-hour private tour of Rome's ancient Jewish catacombs
  • Head underground to explore the Vigna Randanini catacombs, believed to date back to the 2nd century
  • Follow an expert guide through the vaults and mortuaries of the preserved burial chambers
  • Marvel at Latin and Greek inscriptions still visible on the walls
  • Learn the differences between Rome's Jewish and Christian catacombs

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Rome’s Jewish Catacombs

Explore Rome's underground catacombs

After meeting your guide, your private tour of the Vigna Randanini catacombs begins as you head underground. Thought to date back to the 2nd century, these Jewish catacombs, which sit underneath Rome’s ancient Appian Way, were unearthed in the 1800s.

With your guide, a historian and archaeologist, walk along the narrow passageways, passing by mortuaries and vaults in remarkably good shape. Take a close look at the Greek and Latin inscriptions (which your guide can translate) visible on the well-preserved marble tombs, and hear about the interesting differences between Jewish catacombs and those of pagans and Christians that are also found around Rome.

Your tour ends when you return to street level.

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