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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great experience. Very educational.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I really enjoyed the catacombs. Standing on ground that existed in the year 100 is truly special. The running water is amazing and the way that the crypts are explained to you by Dimitri is worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I took my 12 year old on this tour and we both loved it. Time traveling in the Basilica of San Clemente was incredibly interesting. Highly recommend this tour. You go on a bus to the catacombs then come back to Rome where a bus takes you between the other two destinations. The guides were super knowledgeable and we got more than expected.

Fernando S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tour Guide Sabrina was very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter. The trip to and from the Catacombs by coach and the commentary along the way were a huge bonus.

Gerald M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Laura was awesome! Very knowledgeable, friendly, fun and passionate about the sites that we saw. She provided information above and beyond the scope of the trip. Information you would never be able to get on your own. I hope to be with her again!

Heather G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Put this tour at the top of your list! Our guide, Sabrina, was so knowledgeable that she made the experience even more fascinating! The crypts and catacombs were breathtaking and I will be thinking about them for a long time! I didn't realize the tour also included a tour through the Basilica di Saint Clemente, which was like walking back through time as we investigated one church built on top of another, on top of another. This would have never been as interesting without Sabrina's historical knowledge and storytelling! LOVED this tour and highly recommend you go!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

All around awesome experience. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, but the highlight of the tour was getting to roam inside ancient catacombs. It was the kind of thing that was both awe-inspiring and super creepy--it made you want to learn more about the history while simultaneously making you want to jump out and scare everyone that walked by.... or maybe that was just our group. Be advised there are lots of steps, so not wheelchair accessible. If you can do this tour, do it! The preservation of the monks is incredible!

Penny G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Mike/Mark....i can't remember his name, was very entertaining and very knowledgeable. in fact he knew his subject matter in depth and I really appreciated his observations. He was also entertaining and fun. The trip was great, the stories amazing, and the bones awesome!

Stanley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Most enjoyable tour we have had with a friendly, knowledgeable guide.

Claire L W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide Katrina and Luka was the highlight of all of the tours I took. She was originally form California so her English was perfect also speaks Italian and some German just as easily. She has really studied her history and gave us some much information along with questions about what we thought things were that it became a history discussion instead of just a guided tour. Myths, legends, the actual facts, who the gods were and then the name changes, how things became what we know today - wow. She was the best guide I've ever had in all of my travels! The catacombs were fascinating and we were luck enough to witness several Masses being held in there - a rare sight since they usually happen when closed to the public. I was with Katrina's side so really didn't interact with Luka except when he lectured on the bus but he was also great.If you're going, I'd recommend asking for her. We also went to a small church St Clement - and the church under it from the 12th century and the one under that from 400AD - amazing, and then the Osuary with the bone art - some people didn't really like it, but looking at it from the art side, what they did with the bones was amazing and beautiful and then to hear the story behind it and the reverence that these monks have for it, they go in and pray each day with their ancestors. Well worth it.

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