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Guided tour of Roman Crypts and Catacombs at night time
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Full-Day Combo: Crypts & Catacombs and Legends & Ghosts of Rome Tour

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8h 15min

  • Combine two of our iconic Rome tours and discover the darker side of the Eternal City in a small group, accompanied by an expert guide. You’ll even have free time for dinner!
  • Head below the city and discover the catacombs - ancient tunnels used for burying the dead - as well as an audio-guided tour of the Capuchin Crypt, decorated with the bones of 4,000 monks. You’ll see the Basilica of San Martino ai Monti too, a rarely-visited church with a lot to see.
  • After dinner, meet back up with the group for a night-time walking tour and allow the spooky side of Rome to be revealed as your guide tells you the city’s ghost stories while you admire some fascinating landmarks…

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Tickets for the Catacombs of Rome, Basilica San Martino ai Monti
  • Entrance ticket and audio guide to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned coach (only for Crypts & Catacombs Tour)
  • Guided storytelling tour of Rome’s historic center
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Catacombs of Domitilla, San Callisto or San Sebastiano
  • The Basilica of San Martino ai Monti
  • The Capuchin Crypt and Museum
  • Seen from the outside: Campo dei Fiori, Tiber River, Castel Sant'Angelo

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.

Venture into the Eerie Roman Catacombs

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.

Discover the Less-Known Basilica of San Martino ai Monti

The tour continues to the rarely-visited ancient Basilica of San Martino ai Monti. A less-known church in the center of Rome. The current church dates from the Carolingian era, but remains of a 3rd-century pillared hall have been located below and adjacent to it. Discover the relics of Saints Artemius, Paulina and Sisinnius under the major altar where are preserved; and admire the magnificent frescos painted by famous artists such as Pietro Testa, Giannangiolo Canini and many others.

Explore the Macabre Capuchin 'Bone Chapel'

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 audio-guided experience that might haunt your dreams forever.

Enjoy an Authentic Italian Evening Meal

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 storyteller, 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.

Experience the Dark Side of Rome in Smaller Groups

With an intimate group, 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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