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Time3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

This history-packed tour of Roman catacombs and crypts is also a cool reprieve from the heat during summer months. Be sure to take in the artful display of the monks' bones at the Capuchin Crypt with your own two eyes — photography is not allowed. Not for people who are effected by claustrophobia.
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.

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M
, Oct 2018

Very informative and enjoyable tour!

d
, Oct 2018

Sean was our tour guide for the Crypts and Catacombs as well as Pompeii and Vesuvius. His knowledge went beyond that of your standard tour. He was very personable and genuine on both tours. No matter the question, he had the answer. He single handedly made the tour for myself and my 5 other companions. So thank you City Wonders for providing us with the best of the best and Thank you Sean!

N
, Oct 2018

The Cappuchin Crypts and Catacombs are absolutely amazing! The Crypts are a once in a lifetime opportunity and photos don’t do it justice! You have to see it in person while you have the opportunity. Our guide, Andrea, had a great sense of humor, was extremely knowledgeable. He made the experience even more unforgettable! I went through the Crypts once on my own prior to the tour. The information provided by Andrea made the Crypts even more interesting. Hands down my favorite tour in Rome!

S
, Sep 2018

The staff ( Sean was our City Wonders guide and partnered with Andrea leading a second group travelling with us ) was friendly, organized and excellent English speakers. The guides were easy to identify at meeting point, tour commenced on time and included 3 locations. staff entertained us with information while enroute to each location and were very engaging.information provided was very informative. The tour includes a lot of walking so guests should wear appropriate shoes, a lot is packed in to a 3.5 hour tour and is a good value.

c
, Sep 2018

Very knowledgeable tour guide and easily the best way to do these sights. We had kids of 12, 10 and 8, and they managed to stay engaged

U
, Sep 2018

I partly chose this tour to get out the Italian sun and partly because I'm intrigued and a bit creeped out by these ancient practices of burial. This was a really interesting tour that took me to some places in Rome that I didn't know existed. The tour guide was really knowledgeable and explained the stories of each place in a really fun and engaging way. She was also more than happy to answer any questions. The tour was really well organised and the meeting point was super easy to find/get to. Definitely recommend this tour to see the creepy catacombs and more! of Rome.

M
, Sep 2018

Marco/Flitch was an incredibly knowledgeable tour guide. He made it lively despite the topics being catacombs and crypts all death-related!. It is remarkable to learn the history of lasagna layers of Rome right in front of your eyes. Impressive.....

K
, Sep 2018

Nice, Knowledgeable, personable tour guide. Great choices for a tour. Unfortunately, no pictures allowed.

e
, Aug 2018

Angela was such a treat to be with. She was so passionate and knowledgeable on everything we saw on this tour and I appreciated her for how she ran the tour! I highly recommend to do any tour with Angela!! This tour was definitely different than what you think Roman tourism is and I'm so happy that we took it because it gave us a different view of Rome!

M
, Aug 2018

My family loved the tour. Not only were the crypts and catacombs interesting to see, but Helen, our guide was fabulous!! She was entertaining and knowledgeable. The other tour guide (I hope she forgives me for forgetting her name) was extremely informative and entertaining on the bus. Would absolutely recommend this tour.


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