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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 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

timothy h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The catacombs are interesting, and the crypts of the Capucin monks are fascinating in their macabre way, but the highlight of this tour is the multi-level look at San Clemente. It's a basilica from the middle ages built on top of a 1st century basilica on top of a Villa from ancient Rome, and you can explore the different layers, moving down through the centuries. Really fascinating look at Roman and religious history.

Emogene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Well organized tour with a very knowledgeable guide and wonderful bus driver who got us through the Roman traffic! Interesting stops both inside Rome and outside as well. Beautiful 12th century church with a 4th century church in its lowest levels. The bone display was a little creepy.

Ann M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Brilliant! Not at all what you would expect, nothing macabre about the Tour at all - exact opposite it was an wonderful experience, the first crypt was beautiful. Our Tour Guide Rebecca was great, she has a way of giving the information without you losing interest, and bringing in light hearted details which keep you wanting more. Thank you Rebecca. Well worth the time and money to go through some unusual and interesting history of Rome.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It was an amazing tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. Actually, it wasn't an all walking tour because we were bused to the various locations. Walking was minimal. I definitely would recommend this.

Wesley D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great Guide and very informative tour!

JoDee J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

fabulous tour, terrific engaging and informative guide! i would recommend this tour enthusiastically!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Again an amazing experience. Demitri was our tour guide and he was excellent. The tour is very interesting. Especially when going into the crypts. The catacombs are amazing and you can feel the history. The Romans certainly celebrated life but also death and this is relayed to the tourist.

Andrew H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We travelled to the catacombs by coach, as it is just outside the city. It was an amazing experience We returned to the centre of Rome and visited the crypt, Wow. It was a unique experience that touched me deeply. It was one of the highlights of our visit to Rome. Unfortunately the church above the crypt had an event and was closed to the public, we will return to the crypt and church next time we visit Rome.

Andrew V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is so off the beaten path in sightseeing but so worth it

Gregory Vacations United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was one that my husband picked but I was glad that we did it. The history and information was pretty amazing.

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