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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.


  • 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 4th-century church.

Finally, visit the last site of your walking tour, Basilica of San Clemente, which is made up of three structures from the 2nd, 4th and 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The whole family enjoyed this tour of the crypts and catacombs. Our tour guide was very enthusiastic and informative. I highly recommend this tour for people of all ages.

Cheryl Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was short but it was very informative and interesting!

Shamalie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Andy was our tour guide and he's simply fantastic!!!

Kerry J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We both loved this tour. Our guide Shannon was friendly, knowledgable and very clearly spoken. All three sites were amazing and extremely interesting. We especially loved the Basillica and know we wouldn't have found it without this tour. I would recommend this tour without hesitation.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Angela Militello is a great guide. She is very knowledgeable and friendly. Also, she always waits until everyone is together before she begins.

William G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very interesting tour, unfortunately photos weren't allowed in all the places they take you.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very unique experience. Dimitri our guide had tons of info to share and answered all our questions. My kids are still talking about it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent experience and lovely, knowledgeable tour guide, if you are lucky you will get Rebecca. All was well organized and interesting. Please note there is a dress code, so it is of utmost importance to wear long trousers and have your shoulders covered toofor both males and females. Make sure to ask about Gelato place, it is amazingly tasty. Thank you for nice experience and memories. Regards, Vic

Amanda S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The best! A must do!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Bus was air conditioned... you need this in the summer. Really good company city wonders they have such great leaders for them, so informative

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