Carcer Tullianum Museum

Prison of Saint Peter

The Carcer Tullianum reopens!

one of the most secret places in Rome reopens its doors

On Friday December 21st 2018 at 12.30 PM the site will be opening again to the general public
after a forced closure due to the collapse of the ceiling of the "Saint Joseph of the Carpenters" church on the upper floor.

The opening ceremony will be presided by His Em. Cardinal Angelo De Donatis,
Vicar of the Pope for the Diocese of Rome and President of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi.

The Carcer Tullianum is one of the most important and fascinating monuments of the Republican Roman period. It holds a great historical and archaeological treasure for over 3,000 years.

It is located below the Church of St. Joseph of the Carpenters - XVI century - overlooking the Roman Forum, one of the most impressive views of the city.

The complex consists of two distinct parts: the Carcer, the upper area, of the period of Anco Marzio (640-616 BC) and the Tullianum, the lower area, of the time of Servius Tullius (578-534 BC). The first signs of the place date back to the IX century BC.

In the Tullianum waters were left to die the enemies of the Roman people, including some major historical figures, like Vercingetorix, the prince and leader of Gaul.

About the Tullianum, an ancient tradition tells of the miraculous action of St. Peter, which with a stick struck the rock and made water gush, and used it to baptize inmates and jailers; during the centuries this place was, therefore, also much visited as a pilgrimage place of great devotion from those who arrived in Rome.

The visit to this exceptional archaeological site is enriched with a multimedia tour that also includes the use of tablet; you can see the reconstruction of the original environment and read insights on what was found during the recent excavations.

Find more information on the website:

Photographs by Riccardo Auci

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Our proposals

Opening Days
Monday - Sunday

10.00am - 5.00pm

The ticket office closes one hour earlier


The tour with multimedia devices (tablet) takes about 1 hour.

Avilable languages: italian, english, spanish

Individual adults rate € 10,00
Individual child rate (6-17 years) and students until 25 years
(presenting their student card or International Student Card)
€ 5,00
Religious/Nuns/Priest € 5,00
Children from 0 to 5 are free  
Disable people with wheelchairs can't access to the Archeological area but only to the Museum
People with 74% disability FREE


Rates reserved to Roma Pass holders

For the complete tour (Museum+Carcer Tullianum+multimedia device)                           € 7,00


Group tours: to book entry with guided tour for groups, contact Roma Cristiana email


Tickets and reservations available online on ORP website or at ORP Info points click here


It has been activated, in partnership with Coopculture, the new access (turnstile) to the archaeological area Roman Forum, located near the Carcer, accessible on the opening times of the archaeological area.
The access is reserved to the holders of the combined ticket Tullianum Carcer + Archaeological areaRoma Pass holders, Omnia Card holders, ticket to the archaeological area only.


We remind you: free admission for the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill on the first Sunday of the month. On this occasion is possible to buy at the Carcer Tullianum  the combined ticket Tullianum Carcer + Archaeological area at the price of  € 7,00.



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St. Peter's Office
Palazzo dei Propilei

Piazza Pio XII, 9 (Piazza San Pietro) - 00193 Roma

Opening to public

From Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm

Sunday to 9am to 1pm

Special Openings 

24 December 2018 9am - 4pm
25 December 2018 9am - 1pm
26 December 2018 9am - 1pm
31 December 2018 9am - 4pm
01 January  2019  11am - 4pm

Call an operator

+39 06 69896.1

From Monday to Friday

9 AM - 1 PM and 2 PM - 5:30 PM (CEST)



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