Catacombs of Rome

Popularized by the movie Indiana Jones, the Roman Catacombs are ancient underground burial places underneath Rome and its outskirts (there are at least forty, some of them discovered only in recent decades). Those kilometers of underground cemetery are some of the oldest burial tunnels in the world. Situated just outside the city of Rome, the catacombs were created in response to a shortage of land for deceased’s remains. Today the narrow tunnels are eerily quiet but full of Roman history, including some of the best-preserved early Christian frescoes and sculptures. Some of the catacombs are well known and open to visitors, while others are still scarcely explored.