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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

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 July 2015

We had a fantastic time on this tour! Our tour guide was very educated and was able to answer any question anyone had.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Melanie was fantastic! She knew so many details about each place we visited. I would highly recommend this tour. Very well paced with time at each place. We stayed behind at the crypts and went back in for a little extra time. Was also a great cool temperature tour on the hot days of Rome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

My favorite tour! Our guide was very knowledgable and was obviously quite passionate about his subject which made the material all the more exciting. San Clemenente was just incredible. Highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful tour with very knowledgeable tour guide. Enjoyed it immensely!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide mike was excellent!! Made this one of the best tours we did in Italy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a great tour. Our guides were wonderful, extremely knowledgeable and interesting. You can tell they love what they do. Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very happy with our guide, Massimo. His stories helped us understand what we were seeing, and thus to remember it. We would recommend him. The tour itself was well worth the cost.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide, Michael from So. Cal. was great, as was his companion tour guide Rebecca. Not your typical tour, in that you see a side of Rome that is generally not part of the usual recommended Rome sites. Very informative and interesting. I went to Rome about 30 years ago, and was given an insider's tour by a professor at the American University there, and had seen the Basilica of San Clemente and was glad to be able to share that experience with my kids. I only hope that this tour doesn't become a victim of its own popularity by becoming too tourist-y because it was a great experience. Thanks Mike from Tustin!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided a great tour. Would highly recommend the tour.

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