City Wonders' Crypts and Catacombs tour with Exclusive After-Hours Access takes you deeper into the unusual history of what lay under the modern city of Rome. Gain exclusive after-hours access to the Catacombs of Priscilla, visit the hidden parts of this ancient city with an itinerary combining two of the most uncommon and mysterious sights that the Eternal City has to offer.
We begin with the impressive Capuchin Crypt – known locally as the ‘Bone Chapel’. Here, Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate the walls and ceilings in intricate designs. You’ll see a real skull and crossbones, vertebrae chandeliers and full skeletons in their robes before drawing your own conclusions on the meaning of this macabre yet intriguing place of prayer.
After being transferred by air-conditioned bus, you begin by visiting the ancient Catacombs of Priscilla. Here you have the privilege of experiencing the Catacombs when their doors are closed to the general public, as the site is only open to City Wonders during your visit. This allows for a special experience while you discover this incredible treasure in a small group.
With an expert, English-speaking guide on hand, you’ll explore extensive tunnels lined with tombs carved out of the rock, and hear the fascinating history of these sacred places. Dating back almost 2,000 years to the 2nd century AD, this extensive network of tunnels snaking underground was once both a burial ground and a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome.
Get ready to have your assumptions about Rome turned upside down on this incredibly unique journey of discovery.
Yes. Please note that the Crypts and Catacombs are located in small, dark areas , with narrow paths and low ceilings. As the venues are underground there are no windows. We do not recommend this tour if you are claustrophobic.
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