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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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

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 October 2015

Perfect, if you like bones, and if it's a really hot day I definitely recommend this tour as its really cool inside, also don't do if you are claustriphobic as it can get very tight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Awesome tour!! The guide was knowledgeable and the sites were interesting. I would highly recommend booking this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Definitely have become a fan of the 'Skip the Line' tours...worth every penny especially if time is short.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved the tour! Excellent, Peter is a very knowledgeable guide. He kept us on the edge of our seats and there was never a dull moment. The tour takes you outside the ancient walls of Rome, and Peter was able to tell us the history of many of the places we passed by. During the tours, he gave us solid, factual information without a bias.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a very interesting tour. Our tour guide was excellent! Good half day tour of something different. I would recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide was very knowledgable and extremely informative on the historic elements. As well as being comedic, and keeping us entertained. He never tired of answering all of our endless questions. I would suggest this tour to my friends, that are coming to Rome in the Spring.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved Katarina, our guide. She was excellent, very knowledgeable and personable. Definitely put this tour on your list you will not be disappointed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour, so very different. Angela the tour guide,was wonderful, knowledgable to the max. Born in NY, easy to understand and very friendly.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had Lucan as our tour guide on the afternoon of 18/09/15, Lucan was fantastic, really engaging, informative and passionate. Lucan took his time to answer all questions and was generally great!
I would definitely recommend this tour, it was enjoyable to see the other side to Ancient Rome and the city below which isn't really touched upon on other tours!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It was an amazing afternoon and extremely interesting. Our guide, Rebecca was very knowledgeable and courteous.
We would highly recommend this tour to others visiting Rome.

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