• 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

Capuchin Bone Chapel, Rome

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

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Very interesting and unusual tour. It's a lesser known but very fascinating part of Rome's history.

yahoo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Our tour guide, Demetri was awesome! He was very informative and passionate about the history and it translated into his tour. Greatly appreciated his extensive knowledge. Would highly recommend him!

Melissa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Alessandro was enthusiastic and made the whole trip really enjoyable. Loved it!

Melissa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Alessandro was an enthusiastic guide and it was a fantastic experience! Loved it!

Jing Fang X

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Love the enthusiasm of the tour guide, Alessandro. The tour is very well organized.

Don A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The guide was great. Really enjoyed it

Odie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our guide, Mike, was excellent. So much knowledge to share! We had tried to do this tour the last time we were in Rome and it was fully booked the entire time that we were there. Now we know why! We learned a lot about the Catholic Church and Rome itself during this tour, however it was always presented in an entertaining and dynamic way. Definitely a must when in Rome!

coachaustin25

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Amazing tour! Great price, knowledgable guides, unbelievable history!

Nena F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

An incredible tour- we learned a great deal and were impressed by the knowledge of our guides.

William H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

What an amazing tour. We learnt so much about the history and why all these places came into being. The history we learnt was absolutely amazing. Once on the tour they took us to an extra location in the Basilica Clemente. Here we got to see and learn about the lasagne factory that Rome is. In this Baslica we got to go down 60 metres and see four layers of others buildings that were on site and it showed us how the story of Rome has been made. Provided another insight that you don't always think about.

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