• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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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.

Highlights

  • 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

chevynurse

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Rebecca was a fantastic guide through the catacombs, church and crypts. I love the church they chose for us to see. Never would we have chosen to see it on our own but so educational my 8 year old son is still talking about it. I'm amazed by the wealth of knowledge Rebecca had. She is not just a tour guide, she is a historian. There is a difference. And, she remembered the entire groups names. That makes things so personal and special. Thanks for the memories!

anthony d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Amazing tour and guide was very knowledgable of each area visited and his personality made the tour even more enjoyable

Helena S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

An interesting tour,

Adrienne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Amazing and very informative

kay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Extremely informative and interesting, but was very very long. Of note, the only catacombs with bones for viewing is the Capuchin Crypts...The rest are tunnels and churches.

Leslie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great tour, excellent guides. Highly recommend.

Clint S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was amazing! We highly recommend it. Our guide Rebecca was excellent. I loved learning about the history of the early church in Rome. This was an unexpected treat. Now the bones in the Capuchian crypts...? I gotta say I found that pretty weird and creepy, but utterly fascinating. Do it!

Helen J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Words will not do justice for this tour. Amazing, jawdropping, mind blowing etc etc. The guides were extremely knowledgeable. This is a must do tour from the normal tours in Rome. Thought I might have been a little clausophobic heading underground however didn't notice it as the place was so interesting.

Laura P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was a a great tour! Marco was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable and I learned a lot that I couldn't just get from googling the sites beforehand.

Ian T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Peter was our guide and was excellent also, very amusing and the time passed very quickly.
There's so much to see in Rome but, this should be on your list. The crypts of the Franciscan monks is especially poignant.
Religious or not this demonstrates their devotion to each other and God in a way that will move you.
Catacombs are vast but, with inside from our guide very interesting and the time flew by.
Great trip well worth a visit.

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