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Tour code: 3731CRYPTS
Go underground to see the ancient sights of Rome’s catacombs and crypts. On a 3.5-hour walking tour, visit the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente with skip-the-line access, plus visit the Capuchin Crypt, where you’ll see a Caravaggio painting and marvel at a chapel made entirely out of human bones. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship spots during this fascinating exploration into the history of Rome.

Highlights

  • 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

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

Capuchin Bone Chapel, Rome

Your walking tour starts at Piazza Barberini, where you’ll meet your guide and walk over to the Capuchin Crypt at the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione. Begin your visit here at the crypt museum, home to St Francis in Meditation, a painting by Caravaggio, as well as other artifacts about Italy’s patron saint, St Francis. Then walk into the crypt, where you’ll find small chapels made entirely out of the bones of Capuchin monks. Learn about the history and significance of this unusual design aesthetic before returning to ground level to continue to your next stop.

While you walk along the Appian Way, one of Italy’s oldest roads, hear about its history, including the catacombs that make up nearly 186 miles (300 km) of underground tunnels. Learn about how they were used at burial chambers by early Christians, as well as secret places to worship when Christianity was prohibited in Rome, as you enter one of the largest—the Domitilla Catacomb (Catacomb di Santa Domitilla)—with skip-the-line access. Head below ground with your guide to discover what lies beneath the Eternal City, including wall paintings and a 4th-century church.

Finally, visit your last site of your walking tour, Basilica of San Clemente, which is made up of three structures from the 2nd, 4th and 12th centuries built on top of one another. Skip the entrance line outside and go straight in with your guide to take in the different eras of Roman history and see Renaissance frescoes and mosaics. Your tour ends here, where you may stay on your own to explore more, if you wish. 

Customer Reviews

Daintychristo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Mike, the native New Yorker, is now a native Roman. His explanation and commentary was so above any other guide I listened to that I believe he should be given a coach/mentor role in your company to assist the others to build their commentaries. This is because some of your guides are a little wooden in delivery
He a,so knew his subject, was witty, relevant and wise, knew when to give information and whe. To tell a story. He goes to another level, and should be paid more to teach the others.

Barbara G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is a different tour but very interesting. We did not have any of the problems other people spoke of. Yes you do have to ride a bus for a bit, but you go somewhere you probably would not find on your own. They could spend a little less time at the church at the second stop and maybe shorten the day a little. The catacombs and crypt were definitely worth the tour though.

mimzee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Had a great tour! The guide was awesome and the tour was incredible!

Kathryn A B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour! The guide was awesome as well. Very good English and fun!

dawntreader.bruce Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Rebeca our guide was very knowledgeable and enthused about her subject. As a bonus, we did not have to do so much walking as expected, as a bus delivered us to the more distant sites and returned us to our meeting point.

Carla B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very , very interesting tour. Tour guide was excellent..

Edward J S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Dimitri was knowledgeable and entertaining. He had an excellent grasp of the subject matter and conveyed it in an interesting and informative manner. It was a heat tour.

lisa s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was well worth it and I can honestly say that without this tour I doubt I would have seen the crypts and it is certain I would not have appreciated the whole visit anywhere near as much. It was a small group that joined another small group just for the bus journey and it worked very well.
The guide Dimitris was amazing, his English was perfect and as a guide incredibly knowledgeable and funny. I would highly recommend this tour.
I booked primarily for the Catacombs but the crypt really impressed me, it is not for the faint of heart as these are human skulls and bones but it is something else.
The catacombs were well explained and without a guide I doubt we would have really appreciated them. They are just outside the city walls and a short bus journey but the other general information you get on route is an added bonus.

Ian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent. A different view on death!! Guide had a superb and broad knowledge base coupled with a good sense of humour. I would recommend to anyone.

Aaron G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

fantastic tour, very insightful and great guides. just a shame you cant take photos in most places

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