Rome Excursions: Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire on a 3-hour coach tour of the Catacombs of St. Sebastian and Appian Way, and see the Cecilia Metella Tomb and Aqueduct Park.
13 participants maximum
Depart for the catacombs by air-conditioned coach, traveling in groups of no more than 16 people. Drive into the beautiful Latium countryside, stopping en route at the Basilica of St. Sebastian. According to legend, the basilica’s catacombs once held the bodies of the apostles of St. Peter and St. Paul during the persecutions.
Your guide will give you an introduction to the church façade, before taking you inside to see the tomb and sculpture of Saint Sebastian. Then, descend to the catacombs, the 1st burial site of the Appian Way. See where the bodies were buried in the loculi and niches of 5 levels.
Continue along the Via Appia, looking for the marks of chariot wheels from the Roman Republic. Arrive at the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, built in the 1st century BC to honor the daughter of the Roman Consul, Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus. Learn how it later became a castle for the Caetani family, a princely family with close ties to the papacy.
Next, go to see the largest aqueducts of the Roman Empire at the magnificent Aqueduct Park. See an aqueduct that still supplies water to this day, and gaze at the aqueduct arches as they stretch over miles.
The tour includes:
Transportation by modern air-conditioned coach
Entrance fees to the Catacombs of St. Sebastian
The tour does not include:
Photos of this tour
Tour meeting point
Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, Piazza della Repubblica, 00185 Roma, Italia
Meet your guide in front of the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, close to the "Repubblica" Metro station. Your guide will be holding a "Mea Tours" sign.
Tours end at the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, unless otherwise advised at the start of the tour