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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

Lynette V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour, I guess not for everyone but was extremely interesting, and the tour well done and the guides fantastic.

Alexandros R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was amazing!!! our tour guide Rebecca, made everything easy to understand and she is able to provide a lot of information about rome.

Donna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very interesting tours with knowledgeable guides. There is a lot of information about Rome and the churches.

Janet S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour, our guide was very knowledgeable on the history and he had a great sense of humour. The tour finished by the colosuem , so we opted to stay around there rather than going back on the bus to Piazza Barbierini. Highly recommend this tour!

robynandbruce4 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Being on a tour and with a guide who knew a lot about the places we visited is precious and valuable.

Jeremy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Best tour I did in Rome. These are places were incredible and I probably wouldn't have visited them myself. The tour guide, Claudia, was fantastic!

Skip the super tourist-trap tours and get a skip-the-line pass but definitely consider paying for this full tour experience.

Maria E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Because of our tour size, two tours were combined and we ended up with two tour guided that were very interesting and engaging and made the whole experience fun. Rome is a city with so much character and history and these tour guides gave us a lot of information we will remember. The Catacombs were fascinating. Bu showing us how the building were built one on top of each other was impressive. They pointed out details which would have been missed if we were doing a self guided tour.
Rome is built like a lasagna with many layer of history. One needs these type of guides to help us learn about this great


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide was a young lady from Ireland and was a joy and had lots of interesting history and information to share with us.This is probably like nothing you've ever seen before. The crypts are decorated in human bones so if you think you can't handle it, you could probably wait outside for the group or just visit the gift shop. The Catacombs are amazing! The pick up and drop off point is the same, easy to get too, I found out some of the tours aren't like that. I would recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent. Tour guide very knowledgable.

paula m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour guide was great and very knowledgeable . Was a wonderful , informative tour

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