Civitavecchia, Rome The Catacombs

Ahh I feel sad just like I did the last few days on the ship, our cruise is winding down now with only a handful of ports left to visit. 


Goodbye Naples

goodbye Napoli

 

We arrived in Civitavecchia, Rome on Monday Morning.  

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Today's excursion is a long one, 9 hours.  First to the catacombs San Callisto in Rome Italy, then a trip to the beautiful small town of Castelo Gandolfo in Lazio where the Pope vacations, and finally a private lunch at a ristorante in Lazio.  It was hotter than heck today.  You know, when your kneepits are sweating?  Hot and humid.  

The Catacombs of San Callisto

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Located outside the city of Rome.  

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good to know where the WC is

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 wall outside the catacombs

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beautiful things to photograph

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The stairs to the catacomb of San Callisto.  NO MORE PHOTOS! (I'm bad)

 

I know they are blurry, but I was scared ;) 

San Callisto Catacombs

I used no flash in the taking of these forbidden photographs

 

The catacombs were built around AD 150.  They were built outside the city of Rome because it was strictly forbidden to bury the dead within the city limits. The tunnels and tombs are carved out of soft volcanic ash that hardens once exposed to air.

 San Callisto Catacombs
The catacombs is an elaborate maze of tunnels where Christians worshipped in secret. This is also where early Christians buried their dead.  It is a beautiful maze of underground tunnels and the tour guide takes you down stairs and into a few rooms of the catacombs, all the while reminding you that photography is strictly forbidden.  

However, touching was not forbidden, and that made no sense to me, the relics were more likely to be damaged by the oils in human skin, but whatever.  I snuck a few photos that didn't turn out so well because it was very dark in there.  It was also pleasantly cool.

By now we were used to touring in the heat and humidity so going into the catacombs was a welcome break from the hot sun.  We went into a room that had an altar that was surrounded by crypts of dead Christians.  A lot of them were small, and the guide told us that the small rectangles were children.  The atmosphere inside the catacombs, along with the volcanic ash make the tombs turn to rock.  I'm not sure how many years it took to do that.  

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window

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fountain

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ledge

 

Today it is a tourist attraction.

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Next Stop is Castel Gandolfo in Lazio, Italy.

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