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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Guided Tour with Transfers

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


The Catacombs of Rome are a popular attraction—bypass the long lines outside with this Roman Catacombs and Crypts Skip-the-Line Small-Group Tour. This tour also gives you skip-the-line access to Capuchin Crypt and Basilica San Martino Ai Monti, making it a great pick for travelers short on time. See Rome's mysterious side with a guide who knows the history well so you can get more out of your visit.
  • Skip the line at three eerily wonderful attractions in Rome
  • Explore the Catacombs of Rome in a small-group tour limited to just 16
  • Go inside the Capuchin Crypt, which houses the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks
  • Learn about the history of Basilica San Martino ai Monti from beneath the church

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Visit the Capuchin crypt and two lesser-known gems—all with priority access.

What's Included

  • Skip-the-line access to the Christian Catacombs of Rome
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Small groups of up to 16 people or fewer
  • Access to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum
  • Access to the Basilica San Martino Ai Monti
  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Fontana del Tritone Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

    In Piazza Barberini, at the Tritone fountain located at centre of the square.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required for entry into some of the sites on this tour. Knees and shoulders must be covered
  • No photos can be taken inside the venue during the tour
  • Please note this tour involves a fair amount of walking, as well as a large number of stairs, comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This activity is not suitable for people who suffer from claustrophobia
  • Please note that the visit to the Basilica of San Clemente will be replaced by a visit to the Basilica of San Martino Ai Monti until further notice.
  • All customers will need to wear a FFP2 mask throughout the bus journey.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for those who are effected by claustrophobia
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Guided Tour with Transfers?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

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Traveler Tips

There is a good amount of walking involved so if you have mobility issues, beware.
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fascinating tour
Karen_S, Oct 2022
We went with our teenage son who had a ton of questions afterwards due to such a unique experience and great tour guide, Peter. It’s always a plus if you can get a younger person’s interest in the past! Fascinating to see all the layers of Rome and history represented.
It was amazing
NIKOLAOS_S, Oct 2022
It was amazing. A 'must do' if you come to Rome. Francesca was an amazing tour guide, knowledgeable, understandable, funny and fluent in English. The crypt and the catacombs that we went gave an amazing experience.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Hope you get host Francesca!
tabasatown, Oct 2022
Our host, Francesca, was A M A Z I N G! This young woman was very intelligent, super informative, and really witty. She was the best host we had while vacay in Rome. Fluent in Latin, Greek, English, and of course Italian. Wish I could share pictures of the amazing experience but pics are not allowed on the tour. It’s all in my photographic memory 😉 Andreas was a terrific shuttle driver too. Safest driver in that chaotic traffic. Would recommend to everyone.
Creeping through the crypts!
Jeff_O, Sep 2022
Very fun way to spend a few hours under the streets of Rome. Easy to find meeting spot. Guide was knowledgeable, friendly and informative. Pace was good where you could look around to see everything without having to rush through.
A bit "dark" but truly a cool experiance.
Angelo_S, Aug 2022
This was a great tour. I was worried that my wife and 10-year old daughter wouldn't be into it, but they really enjoyed as well. Just amazing to see and hear on all the history of Rome, in which this was a part of it. In addition, during our bus rides, the tour guide provided us a lot more useful historic information on Rome, with some key sights.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Alternative tour of rome
Simon_N, Mar 2022
Starting at the catacombe di Santa Domitilla, you only get to see a small section of a vast network of tunnels due to safety reasons, but to walk through yourself was interesting with the guide (no written explainations so having a guide was invaluable). No bones or bodies to look at which I think pictures for any of these advertised catacombs tours give you the impression there might be. Second stop was Basilica dei Santi Silvestro e Martino ai Monti. A church built on top of other period churches which as any church in rome is grand and full of amazing art and architecture. Finally the Bone Chapel, macabre but amazing to look at. Definitely the tour highlight to witness the artwork created from countless skeletons. Doing the catacombs before this helped understand why the some bones was arranged in particular ways. I'd recommend this for anyone looking for something different to do in rome. One member of the tour group did get claustrophobic in the catacombs and had to leave so bare that in mind.
This was a fascinating...
Maria_A, Nov 2022
This was a fascinating tour. So much history in the 3.5 hours. When I return to Rome with my family next year, I will be taking them on this tour.
Best tour guide in rome
july_v, Nov 2022
Heather was amazing, kept the tour light and fun (ish) lol, loved the dad jokes and she was very informative. Learned a lot and definitely worth the trip. It's a different side of Rome!
Eleni_N, Nov 2022
Fascinating and our guide Heather was fabulous Have been to Rome many times and never seen this before. Well worth a visit
Bone chilling (in a good way)
Yvette_U, Nov 2022
Paula was very knowledgeable and friendly. She willingly answered questions not only about the tour but also anything about Rome including the best restaurants in the area.
A whole new side of Rome!
Kia_K, Nov 2022
The tour was a lot of fun and it showed us a whole new side of Rome. Our guide Paola is a good storyteller and the group size was perfect! Grazie!
Fantastic Tour
gary_C, Nov 2022
Our tour guide Francesca was an amazing tour guide,. She was knowledgeable and fluent in English. This was a great tour and I would highly recommend it.
The tour was informative...
Ann_T, Nov 2022
The tour was informative the guide was respectful. I was pleased to see the ancient crypts and catacombs.
Great tour with excellent guide.
Michael_H, Nov 2022
Andrea was an excellent guide, with vast knowledge of what we were seeing and of the history and art of Rome. Great itinerary and plenty of time for the stops.
Time well spent!
Scott_R, Nov 2022
Very interesting tour that was brought to life by our guide, Francesca. She did a great job in explaining the background to each of the places we visited and bringing the history to life. The three+ hours passed very quickly but we came away feeling we had learned a lot with someone who has an obvious passion for the history of Rome.
Creepy Cool!
AlexandraGrace_K, Oct 2022
We started by seeing the Capuchin Fryers, which was truly unbelievable and then took a bus to the Catacombs and went down about 65 steps to tombs. It was quite remarkable, however, there were only empty graves and no bodies, only area to see the bones was the first stop. The guides were fun and knowledgeable!
Fascinating tour with Peter the best tour guide!
Sabih_F, Oct 2022
The Capucin monastery and the crypts were fascinating. Peter made this the best tour we took in Rome(out of 3 tours). He provided very relevant and interesting commentary and information during the tour. Definitely do this tour, you will love it. Thanks again Peter!
Worth Your Time
Theresa_K, Oct 2022
This is an unusual yet informative tour. If you want to experience something different while in Rome, this is the tour to take!
Sign up to hear about Roman oddities. Stay for the rich history and stories.
Jack_D, Oct 2022
Although the Crypts and Catacombs can be enjoyed by themselves, Heather from City Walks did an outstanding job a painting an elaborate picture of the transition from Pagan Rome to Christian Rome through each of the stops on the tour. In particular, Heather shared unique stories about every element on the tour while throwing in a few harmless laughs along the way. During the tour, there were a few hiccups like ill-timed bathroom breaks and heavy traffic. Heather, used every momentary delay during the tour to connect with the attendees and provide advise and area recommendations. I highly recommend this tour to anyone that appreciates the more dark side Roman history.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hey Jack_D, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us an amazing review! Our entire team is thrilled to hear that you loved your tour as well as your guide Heather. We would all like to thank you for the kind words and for choosing City Wonders. We hope to see you again on any of our other unique tours in the future. Kindest regards, Edgar J. City Wonders
Perfect tour for October
Kristina_O, Oct 2022
Given its the month of everything spooky, creepy and dark history, Crypts and Roman Catacomb tour was a definite must to experience in October. Finding the tour guide/group was easy as we met at the well known Fontana del Tritone in Barberini (Easy to travel to via Metro/Bus). Our tour guide Fiona was amazing and very informative throughout the entire tour and very enthusiastic of everything about the locations we visited. The crypt was macabre but very interesting to see in person and learn the history of from Fiona. To note, photography is strictly prohibited for inside the crypts and the catacombs in respect of the locations. This also includes having shoulders/knees covered aswell (you will be provided a covering if needs be) Aswell as ticket admission and skip the line being included, transfers to the catacombs and the historical church were greatly organized and conditioned for the very warm day it was for the tour! The catacombs were a experience in itself. Cold, dark but full of fascinating history. Even though the part of the catacombs we toured on was well air conditioned and lit on the bumpy walkways, it would not be the most pleasant experience for those easily claustrophobic. Fiona had a well lit torch to show the way through the catacomb tunnels and parts of the catacombs of interest that were not lit. The last stop on the itinerary was the historical Basilica of San Martino Ai Mont and it was a massive treat to experience and even met the main man himself Father Lucio briefly who looks after the Basilica! Overall as a couple, we thoroughly enjoyed the tour and well guided by Fiona! The tour felt like an hour and not two and half so hours it was that fascinating throughout!


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