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Via Appia Antica, Rome, Lazio 00179, Italy | +39 060608

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Quirky/offbeat, Off the beaten path

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Appia Antica
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Only a small portion of ancient Rome can be seen in open-air excavations; the rest of it lies hidden below street level. There are more than sixty catacombs, and most, including San Sebastiano, San Callisto and Santa Domitilla, are found around the Appia Antica and Ardeatine zone. Catacombs were first dug as burial sites, eventually becoming shrines to martyrs and destinations for pilgrimage from all over Europe. There is a small amount very interesting early Christian decoration (sculptures, frescoes, and epigraph), which offer insight into the rites and customs of the early Church years.

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The Catacombs

Only a small portion of ancient Rome can be seen in open-air excavations; the rest of it lies hidden below street level. There are more than sixty catacombs, and most, including San Sebastiano, San Callisto and Santa Domitilla, are found around the Appia Antica and Ardeatine zone. Catacombs were first dug as burial sites, eventually becoming shrines to martyrs and destinations for pilgrimage from all over Europe. There is a small amount very interesting early Christian decoration (sculptures, frescoes, and epigraph), which offer insight into the rites and customs of the early Church years.