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

Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Tour
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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 12th-century church.

Finally, visit the last site of your walking tour, Basilica of San Clemente, which is made up of three structures from the 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

Gregory H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This was an excellent tour! Our guide was very knowledgable about every aspect of the locations. All three locations were amazing to tour.

Cody N P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

John was a great guide with great knowledge of the attraction and perfect English. I wish he was my guide on all the tours I did in Rome.

Kristian D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The catacombs tour was one of the highlights of our visit to Rome. Our tour Guides (14.07.18) offered a refreshing take on Rome’s early Christian history, and managed to engage the whole group through the three sites visited. Would recommend!

Mary Ann S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Angela our guide was informative and we love the Catacombs

Anna L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My guide, Rebecca, was extremely friendly, gracious, and knowledgeable. She knew the answer to every question and provided tremendous detail about the sights but was never boring. The catacombs were a great way to escape the summer afternoon heat of Rome. Highly recommended!

andreastawitcke

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

I had always wanted to do a catacombs tour - although most of my family thought I was nuts! Fortunately, my sweet brother-in-law was game so the two of us took this tour. It was amazing! a bit scary, a bit creepy but really interesting and informative. Our guide, Louise, was just the best!! She was funny, upbeat, super knowledgeable and did a superb job of guiding our group underground. She always explained everything and knew the answers to any questions our group had.
Would highly recommend this tour! You get a very different view of this eternal city!!

David G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

April 18, 2018, afternoon tour. Our guide was outstanding. He had a great fund. of knowledge
mixed with dry levity. Number of people in our group slightly large for a few of the exhibits.
Supplier: City Wonders Ltd.

Victoria C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Very good guide, very diferent that most tours,summer very hot for all the walking, but very good

Konacallahans

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

First off, our tour guide, Asha, was the best tour guide we had over the two weeks we were in Italy. She kept the tour informative and fun for my wife and I and our two kids. The sites themselves were fascinating and we were so glad we booked the tour. It was one of the favorite tours we took in Italy and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

robinphillipus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We really enjoyed this tour. The crypts were very interesting and unusual. The catacombs were really worth it also. Our tour guide was Sabrina and she was wonderful. I would definitely as for Sabrina if you do this tour.

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