Crypts and Catacombs and Dark Heart of Rome ComboSaver Tour

Combo Saver Tour
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  • Duration
    8.15 h.
  • Start time
    14:30
  • Meeting Point
    Piazza Barberini (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language
    English
Ancient ruins, macabre crypts and catacombs buried deep beneath the dark heart of the empire - hidden beneath Rome’s modern streets bustling with people, shops and museums, lies dark and sinister secrets –executions, murders and perhaps a few hauntings. Join us on an eerie adventure where we leave no burial stone unturned.

We really enjoyed this tour! It went beyond other typical "ghost tours" we have taken on other trips. There was lots of great information and insight on Roman history.

Jennifer

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the chilling Capuchin ‘Bone Chapel’
  • Descend below the 12th century Basilica San Clemente
  • Explore the ancient tunnels of the Catacombs of Rome
  • Free time on own to explore or enjoy an authentic Italian dinner
  • Expert, English-speaking guide to accompany you throughout
  • Small groups of only 20 people or fewer
  • This tour is divided into two parts. Between the first and the second part there will be some free time
San Clemente Mosaic

Catacombs of Rome

Explore these dark and mystifying 2nd century tunnels and the dark artwork they house. Walk in the footsteps of a time when Christianity was illegal and only practiced in the secrecy and shadows of Rome’s underworld.

San Clemente altar

Basilica San Clemente

Begin in a 12th century Basilica and descend through darkness to the original 1st century Roman street level with an aqueduct. These untold layers of history are also home to a 5th century church and a 4th century cult temple.

Capuchin skulls close up

The Capuchin ‘Bone Chapel’

Located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, this eerie underground chapel is decorated with the bones of over 4,000 monks.

Description

Delve into Rome’s strange and eerie history. Layers below the bustling city streets and deep within the dark heart of the capital lay centuries-old crypts and catacombs. See three of the most unusual and mysterious sites with your expert local English-speaking guide whose narration will bring the Eternal City’s dark and sinister side back to life.

We begin this ancient ghost tour in the 2nd century Roman Catacombs. An exhaustive spider web of tunnels which snake beneath the city, these macabre passageways were once the hiding places of early Christians who practiced their taboo religion in their shadowy safety. At the time, Nero banned the newly-forming faith and tortured and killed anyone found worshiping it. Here in the hidden haven the first Christians held celebrations and buried their dead.

The tour continues on to the rarely-visited 12th century Basilica San Clemente. Hear the tale of the priest almost driven mad by the sound of running water no one else seemed to hear. Several years and countless hours sledge hammering the solid structure later, he and his brothers discovered layers of Roman history buried beneath. Now you have the chance to tour through a 5th century church, a 4th century cult temple and descend ultimately to the original 1st century street level where you’ll discover the ancient aqueduct that had plagued the once-peaceful priest.

Finally, we creep over to the Capuchin Crypt, or ‘Bone Chapel.” Lined with the skeletal remains of over 4,000 monks, see the empty eye sockets of history staring back at you from the craggy walls and ceilings. Stand in front of a real skull and crossbones, cower beneath vertebrae chandeliers, and crouch beside fully enrobed skeletons as you ask yourself whether what you have witnessed is priceless art or dark arts. Either way, it is an experience that might haunt your dreams forever.

We’ll then allow you some free time to enjoy an authentic Italian dinner or to continue to explore the area on your own (if you dare). Watch as the vibrant colors of the city glow in the golden hours of sunset. But as darkness descends, Rome shines in a new and wondrous way - each window sparkling like the stars high above them. From the Middle Ages to the Inquisition, the Renaissance to ancient mythology, with our expert English-speaking story teller, you will cross the Tiber and into cobblestone piazzas, listening to tales of murders, intrigue, executions and treachery. Then stand in awe before the home of the most notorious murderer Rome has ever known before visiting the legendary bridge where the ghost of the female Pope is thought to take residence.

With an intimate group of only 20 people or fewer, let your imagination run wild as you are treated to the tales of gore and ghouls, grounded in genuine history. This is Rome’s crypts and catacombs, but only City Wonders can truly resurrect their gruesome grandeur.

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What's included

  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Tickets for the Catacombs of Rome, Basilica San Clemente and The Capuchin ‘Bone Chapel’
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned coach (only for Crypts & Catacombs Tour)
  • Guided storytelling tour of Rome’s historic center

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Transfers between two tours
  • Food/Beverages

Meeting Point

Important notes

  • Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.

FAQs

  • I have mild/moderate claustrophobia, is this tour claustrophobic?

    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.

  • Is an advanced booking necessary or can I just show up at the meeting point?

    We strongly advise against arriving at the meeting point without a booking as we cannot guarantee that there will be space left on the tour. Our guides are unable to accept payment for tours so any bookings made on the spot will still need to be processed over the phone with payment by credit card.

  • How can I book a tour?

    Reservations for all tours can be made on our website. Just pick a day and time that works well for your schedule. For your comfort, our Customer Care Team is also happy to take your reservations over the phone, or via our Live Chat application.

    If you are organising a tour for a larger party and you have any special requests, we would be happy to assist you over the phone, via email or Live Chat.

Crypts and Catacombs and Dark Heart of Rome ComboSaver Tour Reviews

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Dimitri was excellent...

Dimitri was excellent. Great attitude, very informative and really organized. We wish we would have done this first as they gave great tips as far as moving arround the city and Rome culture. Dimitri and john by far exceeded expectations and made this the most interesting and valuable experience. This must and worth every penny.

En mycket trevlig och lärorik tur...

En mycket trevlig och lärorik tur, guiden var fantastisk berättade med inlevelse och var mycket trevlig och underhållande. Kan verkligen rekommendera denna tur.

Excellent knowledge...

Excellent knowledge, conveyed in a unique style, polished, poetic and concise. Over the week, had many guides but this man was in a different league to the others. 10 out of 10 for Dmitri.

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