The Catacombs of Sant’Agnese in Rome are part of a bigger structure including the Basilica of Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura (“Sant’Agnese outside the Walls”) and the Mausoleo di Costanza, which was built around the year 350.
Sant’Agnese Catacombs Rome
Address, opening hours and admission
The address of the Catacombe di Sant’Agnese is Via Nomentana, 349 Rome (tel. +39 06 86205456). Bus: 60, 60L, 82, 90, 168, 310 544, N2L, N4, N13. Opening hours: Thursdays and Fridays from 09.00 to 12.00 and from 15.00 to 17.00. Saturdays from 09.00 till 12.00 and from 15.00 till 19.00; Sundays from 15.00 till 18.00. Closed: January 1st, Easter, May 1st, December 25th. Admission: 10 Euros. Children 1-13 and handicapped people. (The Catacombs are closed during the Covid-crisi.)
History and description
The mausoleum was intended to receive the bodies of Costantia and Helen, two daughters of Constantine.
There is a vast area underneath and around the basilica that houses the hallways of a catacomb. This catacomb, which was by chance discovered in 1865, already existed before Sant’Agnese was buried there, as can be testified by several inscriptions along the walls and on the tombs themselves.
It consists of three levels which are divided into four areas. The oldest one of these areas is on the left hand side of the basilica. The fourth area is under the atrium of the church. There are no frescoes in the Catacombs of Sant’Agnese.