The Pontifical North American College

Scavi and Catacombs

Scavi Tour

Commonly known as the Scavi tour, the tour of the excavations of the necropolis beneath Saint Peter’s Basilica and the burial place of Saint Peter himself is a marvellous experience for pilgrims in Rome.  For more information on the Scavi tour and its history, click here.  Only approximately 200 pilgrims can enter the excavations per day. Therefore, reservations should be made a few months in advance of your visit to Rome.

A written request for a Scavi tour must be sent directly to the Scavi Office by email, fax, or mail.  If you receive no response or if your email bounces back to you, it usually means that the daily quota is already full. Since the Scavi office prefers to work directly with their pilgrims, we are unable to request tours on your behalf.  Request letters should include the following information:

NUMBER of visitors;

NAMES of the visitors (in case of groups, the composition and provenance of the group is also needed [e.g. university, parish, etc.]);

LANGUAGE in which the requested tour will be given;

DATES in which the individual/group is available; the precise time of the visit will be determined by the Excavations Office;

CONTACT INFORMATION (an e-mail address, fax number, or full postal address) so that the Excavations Office may advise you about your visit.

Email your request to: scavi@fsp.va

Fax: 011.39.06.6987.3017

Catacombs

There are currently five Catacombs of the Ancient Christians in Rome that are available for pilgrims to visit: the catacombs of Saint Agnes, the catacombs of Priscilla, the catacombs of Domitilla, the catacombs of Saint Sebastian, and the catacombs of Saint Callixtus.
1. The catacombs of St. Sebastian: 00179 – via Appia Antica, 136 – tel. 06 788 70 35 / fax 06 784 37 45VISITING HOURS are 9:00 – 12:00 * 14:00 – 17.00 (closed on Sundays)
2. The catacombs of St. Callixtus: 00179 – Via Appia Antica, 126 – tel. 06 513 01 51 – fax 06 513 01 567VISITING HOURS are 9:00 – 12:00 * 14:00 – 17.00 (closed on Wednesdays)
3. The catacombs of St. Agnes: 00162 -Via Nomentana, 349 tel. 06 861 08 40VISTING HOURS are 9.00 – 12.00 * 16.00 – 18.00 (closed on Sunday mornings and on Monday afternoons)
4. The catacombs of Priscilla: 00199 – via Salaria, 430 – tel. & fax 06 86 20 62 72 VISITING HOURS are 9:00 – 12:00 * 14:00 – 17.00 (closed on Mondays)
5. The catacombs of Domitilla: 00147 – via delle Sette Chiese, 282/0 – tel. 06 511 03 42 / 06 513 39 56 fax 06 513 54 61VISITING HOURS are 9:00 – 12:00 * 14:00 – 17.00 (closed on Tuesdays)

For more information about each catacomb, visit the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeaology website.

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