Melanie was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She clearly loves her job and brings you right along with her. The catacombs are incredible, wish we could have seen more. The crypts are very interesting, and incomparable. However, the highlight of the tour was St Clement's with all the historical significance and amazing travel through time
I loved this tour, especially the catacombs and the Cappuchin crypt. Amazing. Our guide, Kinga, was my favorite for all of the tours we took. I highly recommend this tour.
The best tour and guide we have EVER had. The guide Rebecca was informative friendly knowledgable . A true pro. Please ask for her. The catacombs were amazing. At one point there were 500,000 bodies buried there. I am recommending Rebecca to anyone I know. She is with Rome Dark City Tours.
This was a great way to see the Crypts and Catacombs. It sounds a bit macabre but it provides an interesting education around the history of the Christians and Roman's. The tour is by tour bus and starts with a short trip to the catacombs which is about 20 min by tour bus just outside of the city walls. There are 2 more stops - both were equally fascinating especially as you walk down the different 'layers' of the history. Its quite amazing to walk down hundreds of years of development. The last stop is the most macabre with the various skeletons re - designed into art by the monks. We found it really interesting and the kids were engaged (16 and 13) in the whole tour. As always the tour guides knowledge of these places really helps to bring alive the history. It wouldn't be the same to tour these on your own unless you had really researched the history behind these places on your own. Highly recommend this tour.
Nice tour! Great information about the Catacombs (we visited San Callisto Catacombs in Rome) and information on Christian Rome. We spent just the right amount of time there and then traveled to the Appian Way and Acqueduct Park. For us, this was the highlight of the tour. We marveled at the size and just ingenious nature of those structures! Beautiful and amazing!
This was a great tour! We had a small group, a nice mini-bus and an American guide. The catacombs were very interesting.
This tour is very interesting, from the walk through the catacombs to the visit to the Capucin skulls via the underground visit of the Basilica of St-Clement - all must see attractions. Our guide, Peter, was very knowledgeable and brought great insight to this tour.
You don't actually see any bones in the catacombs. I suppose it was still worth the 45 minute ride out of the city. The last part of the tour with the church decorated with bones was the most interesting. The guide was excellent.
Our group of about 40 left from the meeting site to board a bus to go to the catacombs on the Appian Way. On the way, our guides, Michael and Peter, gave a running commentary about the history of various places we passed along the way and about the catacombs we were about to see. It was easy to hear since the guides used microphones. At the catacombs we broke into 2 smaller groups; ours was led by Peter. As we toured the catacombs Peter shared much about the history and culture. He was very open to questions and was a an excellent guide. After the catacombs we drove to the San Clemente Basillica church for another tour led by Peter, who again proved very knowledgeable and open to questions. Our third stop was at the monastery of the Capuchin monks to see the "bone" tributes. It was sobering to observe the bones of so many now dead, but Peter expressed a reverence and appreciation for their solemn beauty that made the tour quite memorable. Overall, a very good tour, well worth the money. A few notes: There is a fair amount of walking and traversing old, uneven or steep steps, so be forewarned. The guides did provide time for a bathroom break and souvenir run at the catacombs. Peter clearly revealed a great appreciation for the sites we toured and we were very impressed with the depth and breadth of his knowledge. And, finally -- keep in mind that these very talented guides who work hard to keep you informed and entertained for 4 hours would appreciate a small tip!
Amazing! I loved everything about this tour. The catacombs are a must see, but very difficult to get to. This tour takes you to the catacombs and provides a guide to explain what you are seeing. What I also loved about this tour is that we stopped to see the Apian Way, and we went to the aqueduct park, where you can see a well-preserved section of aqueduct. This park would be very difficult to get to on your own. The inclusion of the aqueduct park along with the catacombs is why I gave this tour 5 stars. A very enjoyable morning.
Yes we enjoyed this tour of the Catacombs side.
Clearly the best catacomb choice. I would not recommend the catalyst tour of the relics of bone decorations. Cultures and religious beliefs aside it was a disturbing show of great evil.
The guides were excellent
this was a wonderful tour!! We went to three sites--all incredible and amazing. We did feel a bit rushed by the sheer number of other groups forcing us to move on perhaps before everyone had a chance to see what our guide was telling us. We would have liked to have spent a less hurried time in the Capucchin museum, but again that is more a problem with the extraordinary number of tourists all vying to see the same things. Highly recommend. It was pouring rain when we left, so as a result our group was smaller than the usual 18 which was great. It would be nice if size could be limited to 12-15, since it can be difficult to hear at times in the Catacombs.
Simply fantastic! You'll see and learn a lot. It was a comfortable coach and when in the catacombs and other sites you'll be amazed. Mike our guide was brilliant. He's funny, educational and knows a lot. We both highly recommend this tour and tour company.
Our trip to the Crypts and Catacombs was excellent. Our guide Karina was very knowledgeable and friendly. As a bonus on our trip we were able to see the San Clemente Basilica, which was very intriguing. It was amazing to be able to tour the 14th century Basilica, the 4th century Basilica below it and then the 1st century Basilica below that. This trip was well worth the time and money. I would definitely go again as there is so much to learn.
Best of our 4 tours! Our tour guide, Vivianna, was certainly an expert in the history of the San Calisto catacombs and made the tour a great experience. Apian Way visit was just ok, as unfortunately, it was a holiday and the traffic/parking was awful.
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