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Capuchin Crypt (Cripta dei Frati Cappuccini) Tours

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Capuchin Crypt (Cripta dei Frati Cappuccini)
The hauntingly beautiful chapels beneath Rome’s church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini served as the burial chambers for Capuchin friars for centuries. As there were more bodies than space, older graves were dug up, and bones of the dead were used to create intricate designs decorating the chapel walls and ceilings.

The Basics
The Capuchin Crypt (Cripta dei Frati Cappuccini), a series of six small chapels used to bury Capuchin monks who died between 1528 and 1870, ultimately held around 3,700 bodies interred in the crypt’s sacred soil brought directly from Jerusalem. You can walk through the bone chapels to admire the unique decorations created by the skeletal remains of the deceased, said to be a reminder of the fleeting nature of mortality. 

The best way to understand the historical and religious context of this remarkable site is to join a small-group crypts and catacombs tour. These tours typically visit the Capuchin Crypt and accompanying museum along with the ancient Roman catacombs under the Basilica of San Clemente with a tour guide. To avoid the daytime crowds, you can also opt for an private tour with exclusive after-hours access to the crypt.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • This is a slightly macabre stop, so is not recommended for children or anyone who is claustrophobic or squeamish about human bones.
  • Book a skip-the-line tour to avoid long waits, especially in the summer months.
  • The crypt is not a haunted house, but a sacred burial space. Wear modest clothing, covering shoulders and knees, and maintain a respectful decorum.
  • Photography is not allowed.
  • The crypt is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

How to Get There
The Santa Maria della Concezione church is on Via Veneto, not far from the Piazza Barberini metro stop on line A. The Capuchin Crypt is underneath the church and has its own designated entrance. 

When to Get There
The Capuchin Crypt is open year-round; check the website for hours. The underground site is a cool reprieve from the summer heat, yet can be very crowded during this time.

Underground Rome
Modern Rome sits on top of thousands of years of history, which is why the capital of Italy is known as the Eternal City. One of the best ways to explore the city’s remarkable past is by taking guided tours through Rome’s many underground sights, including remains of villas and monuments from ancient Rome as well as medieval crypts and catacombs.
Address: Via Vittorio Veneto 27, Rome, Italy
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Capuchins Crypt Tour and Concert in Rome

Capuchins Crypt Tour and Concert in Rome

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The Capuchin Crypt—monk-bone-laden chapels underneath the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione—is one of Rome’s most macabre attractions. It’s also, it turns out, a great place to see religious art. With this tour, skip the stuffy Vatican and head for a guided visit of the Capuchin museum and church, home to a Caravaggio painting, and then sit for a concert of Gregorian chants and polyphonic sacred music.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Underground Tour of St. Clements Church & Capuchin Crypt for Families with Marco

Underground Tour of St. Clements Church & Capuchin Crypt for Families with Marco

Go underground in Rome during a walking tour designed for families. Keep the kids involved with games and quizzes as you explore beneath St. Clement’s Basilica. See temple ruins dating back to ancient Rome and visit the Crypt of the Capuchins, home to several rooms decorated with the bones of over 4,000 monks, beneath the Our Lady of the Conception church.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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

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Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a half-day 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.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group or Private Crypts, Bone Chapel and Catacombs Tour

Small-Group or Private Crypts, Bone Chapel and Catacombs Tour

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Peel back the layers of Roman history—quite literally—with a thrilling exploration of its underground tombs and chapels. Visit Roman Catacombs, home to stunning frescoes and thousands of centuries-old bones. Learn about early Christianity from your guide while meandering the endless darkened tunnels. Next up is the Capuchin Crypt, where you find the artistically displayed bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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Capuchin Crypt Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

Capuchin Crypt Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

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Explore the Capuchin Crypts with a passionate guide. The crypts or as locals call them Bone Chapels is a truly dark and mystical place, decorated with the bones of about 3700 Capuchin friars. However, without a professional guide, it might be difficult to understand and appreciate the significance of it. On this walking tour, we will not only explore this macabre site, but will also discuss religious symbols, life style and mindset of the Capuchins, and even the ghost stories that surround this place.
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  • 30 to 50 minutes
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Underground Rome:Capuchin Crypts And Museum Entrance Tickets

Underground Rome:Capuchin Crypts And Museum Entrance Tickets

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Visit the Capuchin Crypt, officially the Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars, using a skip-the-line admission ticket. With timed entrance to the Crypt you’ll avoid the crowds in Rome. Follow a Blue Badge guide for a 45-minute tour through the underground chambers containing the bones of some 4,000 people amassed over five centuries.
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  • 45 minutes
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Small-Group Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour Including Capuchin Crypt

Small-Group Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour Including Capuchin Crypt

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Step into a shadowy world beneath the streets of Rome for a guided tour of the city’s crypts and catacombs. With a guide, you’ll visit the Catacombs of San Sebastiano or San Callisto, exploring subterranean tunnels and burial sites that are steeped in macabre history. Venture onward to the Capuchin Crypt with its bone-lined walls and skeletal remains, then visit the Crypt of the Three Skeletons for an intro to the myths of Ancient Rome. Numbers are limited to just eight per group for a small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Rome Catacombs and Capuchin Crypts Small-Group Tour

Rome Catacombs and Capuchin Crypts Small-Group Tour

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On this Rome Catacombs tour, explore a centuries-old burial site home to fascinating ancient human remains. Uncover the darker side of Rome and explore what many deem as one of Rome’s best hidden gems.
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  • 3 hours
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Rome Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Crypts and Catacombs plus Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour

Rome Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Crypts and Catacombs plus Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour

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Discover the dark side of Rome on this Super Saver that combines two bestselling tours into one fascinating and fearsome sightseeing experience. You’ll start with a tour to the Appian Way to visit Domitilla Catacombs, where you’ll skip the line with priority admission. Learn about burial customs in Ancient Rome, and visit the Basilica of San Clemente and the Capuchin Crypt for a look at a chapel made entirely of bones. Then explore central Rome on a night tour that introduces you to the Eternal City’s many ghosts and mysteries.
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  • 8 hours
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Capuchin Crypt Christmas Baroque Concert in Rome

Capuchin Crypt Christmas Baroque Concert in Rome

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Gain exclusive after-hours access to the Church of S. Maria Immacolata and the Capuchin Crypt during this concert experience in Rome. Celebrate the holidays by listening to a beautiful performance by the Schola Romana Ensemble, who specializes in a capella. Plus, get a special tour of the crypt, which is famous for containing the skeletal remains of more than 3,000 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Roman Catacombs and Bone Chapel: Small Group and Skip-the-line

Roman Catacombs and Bone Chapel: Small Group and Skip-the-line

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Visit the largest Catacomb complex in Rome and the fascinating Bone Chapel with a small group and a professional guide. You will begin your journey through the dark and mysterious side of ancient Rome with a guided tour of the Capuchin Crypts. An unusual and unique site in Rome, Capuchin Crypts reveal the mysteries of the order of Capuchins. Gaze in awe at the macabre display of thousands of human skeletons used by the friars to decorate their cemetery located under a baroque church. The next destination is the Catacombs of Santa Domitilla. The largest and the oldest underground graveyard located near the Appian Way. Let your expert guide take you through the dark and narrow tunnels to the burial chambers, artworks and places of worship dug in the soil of Rome. After the tour of the Catacombs, your rebooked taxi will be waiting to take you back to the city center.
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  • 2 hours
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Underground Rome: Capuchin Crypts Guided Tour

Underground Rome: Capuchin Crypts Guided Tour

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Skip the line and go straight to the human remains when you purchase your ticket for the Capuchin Museum and Bone Crypts in advance. After breezing past the long line outside, begin with a detailed tour of the unique attraction. With a small group size of maximum 15 people, you’re able to freely interact with your guide. Afterwards, enjoy time to explore the crypt and museum on your own.
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  • 1 hour
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Haunted Rome Private Walking Tour

Haunted Rome Private Walking Tour

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Take a walk on the creepy side with this fascinating tour of Rome’s spookiest places. Together with an experienced RomAbout guide, you’ll unearth some of the Eternal City’s darkest secrets, discover the ghost stories of landmarks such as the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Castel Sant’Angelo, and come face to face with the skeletal remains of some of Rome’s previous residents at the Capuchin Crypt. This walking tour is an intriguing dive into Rome’s long and twisted history. Please note that children under 12 are not allowed.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Rome Night Catacombs with Exclusive Access | Semi-Private and Private Tour

Rome Night Catacombs with Exclusive Access | Semi-Private and Private Tour

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Wander through the Capuchin crypt at night during this small-group tour. Grab a flashlight and follow your guide through the crypt that displays the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks. Move on to the funerary complex of Catacombs of St. Agnes and the Santa Costanza Mausoleum, the burial ground of Emperor Constantine's daughter. The tour also includes exclusive access to three restricted rooms rarely seen by the public.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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