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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Discover Rome's hidden delights and quirky sites on a 3.5-hour walking tour of the underground catacombs, Capuchin Crypt and the Basilica of San Clemente. The intriguing tour showcases the best of Rome's underground attractions, such as the crypt made from Capuchin monks' bones and the Domitilla Catacombs where early Christians worshiped in secret. Finish with a visit to Basilica of San Clemente to see a church like no other, and marvel at the centuries of history displayed through its architecture.


  • 3.5-hour Rome catacombs tour including the Capuchin Crypt and Basilica of San Clemente
  • See Caravaggio’s St Francis in Meditation painting in the Capuchin Crypt Museum
  • Learn about the Capuchin monks who used human bones to build and decorate their crypt
  • Visit the Domitilla Catacombs underneath the Appian Way
  • Explore the Basilica of San Clemente and see Rome’s history displayed through layers of architecture

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The informative guide shares so much intriguing information about early Christianity on this walking tour. Great off-the-beaten-track attraction!

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What You Can Expect

Best Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour

Capuchin Bone Chapel, Rome

Meet your guide at Piazza Barberini in central Rome, and stroll to the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione to discover the Capuchin Crypts. Start by entering the crypt’s museum to see an incredible Caravaggio painting – St Francis in Meditation – as well as other relics about St Francis (Italy’s patron saint), and then head into the jaw-dropping crypts. From its arched walls to the picture frames that hang upon them, the chapel is made entirely from human bones. The mesmerizing display was created by the Capuchin monks who used the remains of their departed brothers to decorative effect.

Hear the history and then head back above ground to stroll to the Appian Way. One of the world’s longest roads, it’s also known for being home to the catacombs – nearly 186 miles (300km) of underground tunnels that were used as burial chambers by Rome’s early Christians. Skip past any entrance lines and go below ground with your guide to visit the largest one – Domitilla Catacombs (Catacomb di Santa Domitilla) – and marvel at the treasures that lie deep beneath the city. Christianity was once banned in Rome and so the catacombs provided a peaceful sanctuary where they could worship. Marvel at the Christian wall paintings and see an underground 4th-century church, too.

Head back above ground and walk to your tour’s final highlight, the Basilica of San Clemente. A one-of-a-kind church, the basilica actually comprises three buildings – from the 2nd, 4th and 12th centuries – each built on top of the other. Skip the lines outside and as you explore with your guide, you’ll see different slices of Rome’s history, noting how the architecture gets grander in each building. Admire magnificent Renaissance and 11th-century frescoes and pose for pictures under an eye-catching mosaic.

Your tour finishes inside the Basilica of San Clemente, and you can stay longer if you wish to soak up the splendor of the church at your own pace.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Mike was absolutely fantastic- so informative and with a wonderful sense of humour- Great narrator, would do another tour with him anytime, best we've ever had!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour overall. Rebecca was just great - loved her personal touch by taking time to remember everyone's names. We had sufficient time to visit the three sites. Lots of information provided at each location. Kids loved it. This tour should not be missed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It's a good tour, full of information. The tour leaders were great, I do recommend it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Rebecca was enchanting. Not only did she show enthusiasm and a real passion for her work, but she inspired us to learn more.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was the highlight of our trip to Rome. So interesting. Our tour guide was Gio, she was class.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fully worth it. The bus was comfortable and the guide Dimitri was knowledgeable, detailed, patient and funny. It was well paced out and definitely the highlight of our trip to Rome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Tour was fascinating for both the catacomb part and the crypts. Left me wanting to do more research and reading about both.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I apologise for not remembering the name of the guide but she was absolutely brilliant even down to remembering everyone's name to make the tour more personal and individual.
The Capuchin Crypt was macabrely beautiful. The structure of the catacombs was impressive, it was hard to believe there were four more layers below us. In the Basilica San Clemente the guide peeled back the layers to bring each era to life.
I would fully recommend this tour - it was my favourite of the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Unexpectedly excellent tour with a great tour guide !!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an impressive tour. The tour guides were excellent and friendly. A very moving and insightful tour.

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