The Catacombs of Commodilla
how to reach them from Trastevere
As we have said on several occasions, the Trastevere district is one of the most beautiful, fascinating and bohemian districts of Rome, but this is full of architectural and artistic beauties that span thousands of years of history and that deserve to be visited.
With this in mind, we like to be able to provide you with a complete overview of what you can do throughout the city of Rome even if you are staying in Trastevere, so we started analyzing the relationship between this district and other areas of the city, in order to help you. to create a rich and fascinating itinerary during a visit to this city taking Trastevere as a base.
Among the things you can do in Rome, you cannot miss a visit to the catacombs, that is the underground cemeteries built in Rome and composed of a network of underground tunnels on whose walls the dead were buried, in niches placed one above the other. But the catacombs are much more than simple underground cemeteries: these, in fact, were often adorned with frescoes depicting the dead, their families or religious scenes. In other words, the catacombs are also a place that testifies to the artistic development of this city, albeit in a place reserved for the burial of the dead.
Unfortunately, not all the catacombs of Rome can be visited, but in our articles we will take care to tell you about those that can be seen by tourists.
In today’s article, we present the Catacombs of Commodilla, with a brief overview and telling you how to reach them from the Trastevere district.
The Catacombs of Commodilla
The Catacombs of Commodilla are located in the Ostiense district of Rome and, as often happens, they owe their name to Commodilla, that is to say the woman who offered the land in which they were built.
The Catacombs of Commodilla are developed on three levels, the second of which is the oldest and most interesting from an archaeological point of view as the martyrs found their burial in an underground basilica.
The interesting fact is that if on the surface there is no monument that can be considered connected with these catacombs.
The Catacombs of Commodilla were probably built around the middle of the 4th century AD but its use for the burial of the dead soon ended, as already from the 5th century AD they covered only a devotional purpose for the cult of martyrs.
These catacombs remained secret until the end of 1500, when they were rediscovered, although the most important restorations took place only in the 20th century.
The peculiarity of the Catacombs of Commodilla are the well burials, that is, deep burials with superimposed niches and its architectural and artistic poverty.
However, the underground basilica dedicated to Saints Felice and Aduatto and the cubicle of Leo escape this extremely poor register.
Another interesting element of the Catacombs of Commodilla is the graffiti inscription
“Don’t say ille secrita a bboce“
Which, translated, means
“Do not say the secret (words) aloud (aloud)“
and refers to the secret prayers or mysteria and it is one of the first forms of the vernacular spread in the Middle Ages.
How to visit the Catacombs of Commodilla
As often happens with the catacombs of Rome, the Catacombs of Commodilla can also be visited on request.
If, therefore, you want to visit these catacombs you must contact the institute or association that manages the visits.
To make your search easier, we have searched for the right link for you to find all the contact information here.
How to reach the Catacombs of Commodilla from Trastevere
After reading the article, are you curious to know how to reach the Catacombs of Commodilla from the Trastevere district?
Then here are the methods to do it!
The Catacombs of Commodilla are not very close to Trastevere but the means of transport allow you to reach the place in a short time.
- According to our research, the best way to reach the Catacombs of Commodilla from Trastevere is to take bus 75 from Dandolo / Casini to the Aventino / Albania stop and, from here, take bus 715 from Santa Prisca to Passino. From there you can reach the place where the Catacombs of Commodilla are (Via delle Sette Chiese, 42) and visit these catacombs, a visit that you have previously booked, as we told you.
Here we are at the end of our article on the Catacombs of Commodilla.
We hope that this article has helped you to know more about this historical, artistic and funerary place and that it has stimulated your curiosity enough to encourage you to visit it.
In the next articles we will also talk to you about the other catacombs of Rome, so stay connected or search the articles on the website to find out more about them too: you will see that you will not be disappointed.