catacombe_domitillaRome, 7th June 2017
The Catacombs of Domitilla, close to the Appian Way, are a 12 km long network of tombs and passageways. This extensive network of galleries began in the private cemetery of Domitilla, whose uncle, the emperor Domitian (81-96), belonged to the rich Flavian family. In 95 Domitilla’s husband, Flavius Clemens was denounced as a Christian and executed on Domitian’s orders. Domitilla was exiled to the Isle of Pandataria (now called Ventotene).
Domitilla’s catacombs became famous in the fourth century when a basilica was built over the graves of St Nereus and St Achilleus.
The Catacombs have been restored with the use of new laser technologies, removing layers of dirt, algae and smoke left behind by oil lamps.
The process revealed stunning old frescoes from both pagan mythology and Christian faith.
The painting of a scene focused on the movement of grain from the Mediterranean sea, to Rome’s port at Ostia and then up the river Tiber to the city.
They’ve even unveiled Renaissance-era graffiti drawn by archaeologists who just couldn’t help but add their own names to the historical record.
In the end, a new museum for the catacombs will be soon inaugurated.


Via delle Sette Chiese, 280/282


Full: 8.00

Guided Visit: 0.00

Reduced: 5.00


Fax: 0039 06 5110512

Telephone: 0039 06 5110342

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Multilingual guided visits


Daily from 9.00 am - 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Last admission 15 minutes before closing time
Closed: Tuesday, December 25, January 1, Easter and from mid December to mid January