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Tour code: 3731CRYPTS
Go underground to see Rome’s ancient 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

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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 how they were used as 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 the 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

Anita H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour! Our tour guide Amanda was so knowledgeable. She knew everything about Roman history and was so interesting! We learned so much on this tour and I would highly recommend.

mgascasd .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Loved our tour and tour guide!

Andrea M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My guide was very knowledgeable

Coyne Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour covered three locations all of which were very interesting. Our guide did a tremendous job of sharing the history and stories from all locations. We would happily go on another tour with him. He was fun, informative and friendly while still professional.

Jozsef P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really interesting tour

Elizabeth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful tur guide.

Melvyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

very informative would recommend this tour for something different

Sally M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and interesting, she was patient and helpful when a member of the group had a problem.

kellylynncin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

holly.zorn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Good tour, our tour guide Rebecca was very nice and informative!

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