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Priscilla Catacombs

Typology: Catacombs


Address: Via Salaria, 430
Zone: Quartiere Trieste (Roma nord)


Opening times

Daily, 9.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00;

Closed: Monday, 1 January, 25 December, Easter 

Last admission 15 minutes before closing time.


Full: €8.00
Reduced: €5.00

School groups, presenting a letter of introduction from their School;
Children from 7 to 15 years of age;
Soldiers and security forces in uniform or with identification cards;

Free entrance:
Children up to the age of 6;
Professors, teachers and catechists accompanying students groups – one per 15 students allowed;
The disabled, with a carer;
Guides and drivers of groups paying full-price tickets . Tickets can not be transferred to others member of the group;


The catacomb of Priscilla is the oldest general cemetery of Early Christian Rome and the best preserved. It is located along the via Salaria. The first nucleus of the catacomb - among the largest in Rome - dates back to the second century, as proven by several inscriptions with the names of Peter and Paul. It takes its name from Priscilla, the mother of the Senator Pudens in whose house St. Peter, according to ancient tradition, found refuge. Not far from the modern entrance to the cemetery is the elegant subterranean chapel or crypt known as the Capella Greca, from two Greek epitaphs found there; this crypt is ornamented with very ancient symbolic frescoes, the most important of which is the celebrated Eucharistic painting in the apse, known as the Fractio Panis, because in it a figure (the priest) is breaking bread and giving it to persons seated at the same table. There is also here a very ancient fresco of the Blessed Virgin holding to her breast the Infant Jesus. In the fourth century a basilica was raised on this site - known as S Silvestro - now mostly rebuilt.
Note: It is possible for groups to celebrate mass in the catacomb with their own officiant, by telephone booking a few days before.Guided visits in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish for small groups with no booking required. For groups over 10 people, it is advisable to book beforehand.


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Last checked: 2018-05-15 9:35