Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a half-day 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.
Half-day 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
Visit the Capuchin crypt and two lesser-known gems—all with priority access.
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.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, May 2019
Divan walked us back in time and showed us places that normally I wouldn't be interested in seeing. It wasn't scary like I thought it would be because of how he explained it in story form. I loved how his stories connected with our other tours. A+++
What an amazing experience which was all made possible due to our wonderful guide! John was so knowledgable and interesting and answered every question people posed to him. I would strongly recommend this service it made the trip!
The tour was OK, and efficiently conducted. Our guide Max was pleasant and welcoming; his English was average and he did keep making some regular mistakes so it may have been hard for some to understand.
The tour was supposed to be a small walking group, however the crypt was packed so it felt like we were with a large group... on the next leg of the tour we were with a larger group.
The other tours guide did seem more knowledgeable, and added some fun facts.
Personally I would not recommend this tour, not because it is not interesting or well conducted.... but just because there are plenty of other interesting things to see in Rome.
This is a great alternative tour. The guide Alissandra was great. Very passionate about her country's history. 3 sites visiteded each as good as the last. If you want something a bit different from your traditional tour this is the one!
This trip was really well organised and our guide was brilliant. Funny and full of knowledge.
Really good value for money as it was a good 4 hour trip with the entrance to three museums included.
Such a fascinating tour, would really recommend