Rome Underground: Panoramic Bus Transfer to the Catacombs + Guided Tour

Roma, Italy

From USD 52.29

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Head beneath the Eternal City for a VIP tour of Rome’s Catacombs. Wander through an eerie network of tunnels below the city streets, once both a burial ground and worship site for Rome’s first Christians. Tours include minibus transfers from Piazza Venezia, both live commentary and an audio guide, and headsets for extra mobility.
  • A VIP guided tour of Rome’s Catacombs
  • Get access to the CityAPP audio guide to listen to in-depth background on Rome’s underground
  • Choose from morning and afternoon departure timings for extra flexibility
  • Enjoy complimentary use of an audio headset so you won’t miss a word of the commentary

What's Included

  • Panoramic open bus return transfer from the city center to the Rome underground of the catacombs
  • Assistance at the TOURISTATION meeting point
  • 30 minutes guided tour at the Catacombs
  • Morning and afternoon departure timing
  • 25 min Ancient Rome Multimedia Video
  • Trevi District Underground if selected
  • Navona Underground if selected
  • Drink and food
  • Pick up from the hotel

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazza d'Aracoeli, 16
    Piazza d'Aracoeli, 16, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    Meet at Touristation Piazza Venezia next to Piazza Venezia. Facing the Vittorio Emanuele II monument, the office is on the right-hand side and there is a small fountain just in front.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Catacombs of Saint Callixtus

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted
  • Not recommended for travellers who may get claustrophobic due to the small spaces.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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91 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Overpriced and not worth what was charged.
Ian_M, June 2023
What we were charged versus what it cost. Having spent £96 for 2 people I was vastly dissatisfied and disappointed. Viator charged £42 per person. The tour first involved a walk to the tour operator to collect tickets and then another walk to the panoramic bus which was a bus with an open roof and windows. It was just a bog standard bus smaller than the tour busses other providers operated. You can ride them for about 20 euros all day. We went to the catacombs and got our tickets, some brief descriptions of what we saw in the city. We then waited around half an hour for the tour. The catacombs are only €10 entry each if you pay on the day. The catacombs themselves were great, but there are no skulls or things like that to see. We had included in our ticket price the piazza Navona which we went to the next day. I absolutely loved it and recommend the €4 virtual reality which includes a view of the Colosseum as it was supposed to look. We had to make our own way to the Piazza Navona and back and it would have only cost €8.50 per person. €20 x 2, + 10 x 2, +8.50 x 2 = €77. This is if we'd included in the price a hop on hop off bus which we could have travelled to the piazza Navona on as well. As that wasn't what was provided I can only value the bus ride there at €12 per person max. So we paid £96 for €61 worth of tour. I advise anyone thinking of using Viator to read their returns policies, reviews that mention them and relevant information about how they overcharge. We've had similar experiences on several tours they are selling at massively inflated prices.
Awesome Tour!
Michelle_D, June 2023
This tour was wonderful! The process to register was super easy and Yasmine who directed us to the bus for pickup was so kind, funny and easy to follow!!! The driver was amazing and so personable!!! The catacombs were very Interesting. Loved this tour!
Missed the tour but staff was so helpful!
sweetmanmichelle, May 2023
We were 15 min. late, Jessica was so very kind and rescheduled us for the next morning. And then our hotel told us what time to come for a taxi and taxi’s were all delayed by an hour so we missed our second opportunity to see the catacombs.
Too much unneeded walking to get on the bus! The tour at Catacombs was wonderful
Mary_C, May 2023
The catacombs were marvelous. I loved how Christians made sacrifices to grow their faith! Today’s Christian’s need to know how much sacrifice was made them. Today we think it difficult to drive 5 miles in air condition car to attend a service if we fell like it or have nothing to do!
Dimly lit underground tunnels with beautiful paintings among the graves
Megan_P, May 2023
The tour was rather short, but it was very enjoyable! I loved seeing the dark tunnels of the catacombs and the paintings on the walls!
Waste of time and money
Jacob_M, May 2023
We were so excited… but we’re wildly disappointed. started with a 30 min video that was a glorified slideshow of buildings in Rome (nothing to do with catacombs)… the bus driver was quite efficient with traffic and amusing. Tour was 20 min and they only showed us 3 rooms and the group was so large we couldn’t hear at the back and they wouldn’t allow pictures or anything so a toTal waste of money to see holes in rocks as all artifacts have been removed.
Just take a taxi instead
David_S, Mar 2023
Skip it. This is just a bus to the place. Take a taxi and buy your own ticket once there. This provides you no benefit.
We wanted to do a...
Simone_M, Mar 2023
We wanted to do a Catacomb tour at the last minute, but most of them are a ways out of the city. This tour bussed us there and then I believe the guided tour was run directly by the catacombs, but it got us where we wanted to go and back - so we had a good time. We added on the Trevi Underground which wasn't too impressive.
would recomend but be prepared o have all your paper wotrk ready and tourist office queues were a bit painful checking i
Andrew_F, Mar 2023
great trip to the Rome however a lot of paper work and checking in required at the various tourist offices which could be a bit more efficient
Great experience
Leona_F, Mar 2023
Don our guide, was so knowledgeable with his information. Gave us loads of time to see and explain everything.
John_M, Mar 2023
Tour of the actual catacombs was very interesting however thought the price of the tour was expensive - cost of catacomb admission was only 10 euros. Included half hour video on Rome before the trip started which thought wasn’t necessary.
We arrived to the pick up...
Katrina_W, Feb 2023
We arrived to the pick up point in very good time but had to hun a long queue that was very disorganised. We watched a very good video that brought ancient Rome to life but was not linked in any way to the tour. We were then left to stand around outside for a while before we were directed to our transport. We were transported in silence to the tour to find that we were late and the tour had already started. The tour itself was brief and unremarkable really. Tour guide was knowledgeable however and was able to explain well and answer questions. There was a small gift shop and a toilet there but we felt a bit pressured from other travellers to get back to the minibus quickly. It was an okay tour but not as well organised or slick as the other viatour trips we have been on.
Catacombs tour was great everything else as poor
Jeff_C, Oct 2022
While advertised as an English tour the only English was at the catacombs by the tour guides there. That part was great. The tourism bureau was poor at best. Great movie but on half the group watched because of poor communication. Bus driver spoke no English, gave us our catacomb tickets and grunted at us. We had to figure out where to go to start tour. Bus driver dropped us where he picked us up which was six blocks from tourism office. Most didn’t know how to get back. Take a bus or taxi to catacombs, take their tour and enjoy the area.
Ramon_A, Sept 2022
We took the English tour for the Saint Callistus catacombs. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a lot of passion for the history. I recommend 100%
Excellent couple of hours learning about early Christianity and it’s burials in Ancient Rome
Andrew_a, Aug 2022
The catacombs part of the tour was amazing, a nice trip up on an open sided bus down the appian way to the site. Once their the tour guide father Danesh was wonderful very informative and knowledgeable throughout the two floors of the catacombs currently open to the public. The Navona side of the tour is for you to do on your own and is slightly disappointing so I would just pay for the catacombs tours instead. All in all lovely few hours.
Good tours
Margaret_G, Aug 2022
The Trevi Fountain underground is beautiful! It is a short tour. The catacombs is interesting but don’t expect bones!
Great tour!!
Edward_S, Aug 2022
We had a wonderful Tourguide who was not overly very knowledgeable but witty. We will definitely do the story again.
Don't take this tour as it is not a great value of your money.
Maurine_C, July 2022
I don't recommend this tour as it is not worth the money. I was expecting to visit at least 2 catacomb site, but unfortunately this tour will just make you visit 1 catacomb site (San Callisto) and the tour guide was from San Callisto itself. This tour will just make you pay for the ride that you will have to San Callisto, that's it! Another thing is that the staff in the touristation wasn't very nice and friendly. They didn't even entertain us in a friendly manner as if I was asking them a favor. Kudos to our driver to the catacombs who was nice and friendly. Don't take this tour. I suggest you book a taxi to San Callisto and pay a tour ticket to San Callisto itself. They have different tour available every hour and in different languages. This will save you money, otherwise just look for a tour that includes visit to 3 catacombs places I think that's a good value of your money.
Response from Host, July 2022
Dear customer, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are disappointed to hear that your tour did not meet your expectations. We work in order to ensure that our clients receive the highest quality experience. Thank you again for your input and we hope to earn your business back the next time you’re in Rome. Best regards, Touristation Team
Must do visit for history buffs!!
JOHN_B, July 2022
Transportation was great and limited to 8 travelers so not crowded. Driver was polished and Mercedes van very comfortable. Ticket also included to Catecombs. A little less than an hour tour with outstanding guide!
Response from Host, July 2022
Dear Customer, Thank you for your time. Your feedback is important to us. Kindly, Touristation Team
Amazing… inspirational!
Greg_K, July 2022
Don was amazing! His passion for the subject matter and the way he wove factual info into stories about icons of the past was very impressive. My whole family (including five teenagers) were captivated by his narrative. This has been the highlight of our Italy trip!

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