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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

Kate United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was excellent! The sites were amazing places to visit and our guide was very knowledgeable with an awesome sense of humor and engaging personality. I highly recommend this tour!

stevehouston1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A very interesting tour, including a bus to get to the catacombs farther away. No pictures inside catacombs.

stevehouston1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Very interesting tour which includes a bus to get you to the catacombs outside the city. No pictures inside catacombs

Jason E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

They took care of everything, the tour was excellent, and the guide was very interesting.

daae3

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Valentina was a fabulous guide. The catacombs and Basilica were interesting, but the star was the bone church.

Matthew M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Escellent!

Mary C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Wonderful tour. Great tour guide. Travel to locations on a bus made the journey better as we had time to rest our legs. So much to see.

Andrew D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great. I loved it.

Jeffrey R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide, Andy, was really amazing! His knowledge, passion and enthusiasm was really apparent throughout the tour. My husband and I really enjoyed all of the stories and humour. This tour, which could easily have been somewhat morbid and disturbing was really my favourite part of being in Rome.

Yari

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide Peter was knowledgeable, professional and lots of fun!!

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