Travel deep – literally and figuratively - into Rome’s extraordinary history on our Crypts & Catacombs Rome Private Tour. Far below modern Rome’s bustling city streets are the ancient roots of the Eternal City…and three amazing sites not seen by most tourists. Although you’ll experience the incredible passage of time, your private tour will take only three hours!
With your private guide, you’ll explore the network of dark tunnels that make up the 2nd century Roman Catacombs. These subterranean tunnels were a safe place for early Christians to practice their forbidden religion and bury their dead, a much-needed refuge from the tortures and punishments of Nero. Your expert guide will share the intriguing history of the Catacombs as you explore their tunnels lined with stacks of ancient crypts.
Close to the Colosseum is the Basilica San Clemente, its discovery as remarkable as the site itself. Your guide will explain how a priest kept hearing water running inside the 12th century basilica. When he and his brothers took a sledgehammer to the floor, they discovered a 5th century church and a 4th century cult temple. Beneath these was the 1st century street level with a working ancient aqueduct – the source of the sounds of murmuring water. Together with your guide, you’ll explore the areas now open and re-imagine the basilica’s myriad layers of history.
One of Rome’s most unusual sights is the Capuchin Crypt or the ‘Bone Chapel’. The Capuchins decorated its walls and ceilings with the bones of 4,000 of their monks. You’ll see a real skull and crossbones, chandeliers made from vertebrae, and berobed skeletons. Is this art or “cutting edge” design? You be the judge! Whatever it is, you won’t soon forget it.
Our private Crypts & Catacombs Tour reveals sights not seen by most visitors - a glimpse of the fascinating, often macabre, layers of history hidden beneath modern Rome.
Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.
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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