Undergrounds & Crypts

Explore the underground of Rome. There is a whole new world to discover just right under your feet.  

Sat. Callixtus

San Callisto Catacombs Rome

As the name suggests Catacombe di San Callisto are the Catacombs of Sat. Callixtus. It is one of the many catacombs along the Appian and ancient Appian Way. This is a very special one because it is known to contain the crypt of the Popes. The Popes from the 2nd and 4th centuries had their tombs placed here. The tomb is said to have been created by Pope Callixtus I when he was a mere Deacon of Rome.

San Sebastiano

San Sebastiano Catacombs in Rome

Catacombe di San Sebastiano is more commonly called as the Catacombs of San Sebastiano. These are underground cemeteries along the Ancient Appian Way outside Rome. These catacombs remain to be one of the very few accessible Christian burial places. Time has taken its toll and the first four floors are almost nothing but ruins. This underground graveyard were once Pozzolan mines. The dip along the ground level still exists today and can be seen clearly from the Appian Way.

Capuchin Crypt

The Capuchin Crypt

Crypta Cappuccini or the Capuchin Crypt is a tiny space in Rome which has many small chapels. It sits under the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. It is located near Piazza Barberini on the Via Veneto. The Crypt supposedly houses 3700 skeletons of Capuchin Friars which were cremated by their order. According to the Order it is not meant for people to see but it should serve as a constant reminder of how fast life passes.

Crypta Balbi

Crypta Balbi Rome

Crypta Balbi, better known as the Crypt of Balbus is a block in the historic city of Rome. It is an ancient structure which was created in 13 BC by Cornelius Balbi. It is a major part of the Roman National Museum. The walls of the Crypta was engraved with various texts. Most of them pertain to coeval texts. These texts also sport the findings from the urban excavations which happened a few decades ago.