Capuchin Crypt Tours

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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, 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.
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Address: Via Vittorio Veneto 27, Rome, Italy
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Exclusive Catacombs After Closing and Bone Chapel Tour

Explore the Roman Catacombs after dark on a 2.5-hour night time walking tour of the Museum and Crypt of Capuchins, or Bone Chapel, and the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla. Hear stories from the early Christian era in Rome, and enjoy a rare, crowd free experience of the historic site—you’ll be visiting when the catacombs are closed to the public. This 2.5-hour catacombs tour includes all entrance fees, and is limited to 15 people for a personalized experience.
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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Tour Crypts the Bone Chapel and Catacombs

Peel back the layers of Roman history—quite literally—with a thrilling exploration of its underground tombs and chapels. Visit the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla, home to stunning frescoes and thousands of centuries-old bones, including those of two Catholic popes. Learn about early Christianity from your guide while meandering the endless darkened tunnels. Next up is the Capuchin Crypt, where you'll find the artistically displayed bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks. Finally pay a visit to Nicola in Carcere and be surprised of how many layers this incredible "lasagne church" has. 
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Roman Catacombs & Bone Chapel - Small Group, Skip-the-line

Discover three of Rome’s most unusual attractions on this small-group tour. Pick between morning or afternoon departure times, and meet your guide in the Piazza della Repubblica. You’ll travel via air-conditioned coach to the Roman Catacombs, located along the ancient Appian Way. Venture inside and see the final resting place of popes and other important figures. Next, visit the Basilica San Clemente, where numerous eras of history can be witnessed in one building. Finish the tour at the Capuchin Crypt, which is constructed from thousands of skeletons.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Capuchin Crypt Christmas Baroque Concert in Rome

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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Capuchins Crypt Tour and Concert in Rome

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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Capuchin Crypt and Catacombs After-Hours Tour with Exclusive Access

Visit the Capuchin Crypt, also known as Rome's Bone Chapel, and discover the city's bygone secrets, tucked away beneath the streets. You'll then enjoy a walk around the church to see its bone decorations up close. Continue to the centuries-old Catacombs of Priscilla where Rome's early Christians gathered to pray and bury their dead, with special exclusive access after the doors close to the general public.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Rome Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Crypts and Catacombs plus Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Small-Group Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour Including Capuchin Crypt

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Rome Night Catacombs Small Group Tour with Exclusive Access to Secret Rooms

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 Catacombs of Priscilla, home to ancient tombs, paintings, and carvings. The tour also includes exclusive access to three restricted rooms rarely seen by the public.
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Private Tour of Underground Rome Including Crypts and Catacombs

See the darker side of Rome on this 3.5-hour private tour to the Appian Way, the Catacomb of San Callisto, and the Basilica of San Clemente. You'll also see the 'Bone Church,' where the skulls of Capuchin friars cover the walls. The tour ends at Piazza Barberini; hotel pickup is included but not drop-off.
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Skip-the-line Underground Rome Private Tour of Crypts & Catacombs w Hotel Pickup

It is amazing what there is to see beneath the streets of Rome. Meet the guide at your hotel and enjoy this private 3,5-hour tour to discover a labyrinth of underground crypts and catacombs. An Archaeologist will take you on a subterranean journey from the Catacombs to the Crypt of the Capuchins.  With the use of an iPad your guide will give you a vision of what these places originally looked like ,travel though Rome’s underworld and to see temples, homes and cemeteries in a whirlwind adventure unique tour.
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Underground Rome Tour

Visit the underground attractions of Rome on a 4-hour private tour. The comprehensive itinerary would be difficult to complete in one day by public transit or taxi. Instead, start from your hotel and let your private driver comfortably transport you to a number of locations. Explore each attraction independently, including the Catacombs of St. Callixtus and Capuchin Crypt. Listen as your driver explains monuments you pass along the way.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Piazza Navona: Christmas Baroque Concert

Get the most out of your time in Rome during the festive season by going to a Christmas Baroque Concert in Piazza Navona. You won’t have to worry about waiting in long entrance lines as admission tickets are included. Enjoy an informative guided tour, which takes you to the Capuchin Crypt, before the concert begins at the Church of Sant’Agnese. You’ll hear music of the Sistine Chapel composers performed live by Schola Romana Ensemble. The venue has outstanding acoustic, and you’ll enjoy an impressive A cappella program.
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To discovery of the Undergrounds for Kids

If you have been to Rome already or you prefer a not ordinary tour for your kids, we think they will love our 3 hours tour to discovery of Rome’s Undergrounds. Our super child-friendly guide will drive them  into the  dungeons of Crypt of the bones, Vicus Caprarius and Domitian Stadium, fascinating them with the intriguing stories hidden behind these beautiful monuments and ruins.
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