Capuchin monk and skulls

Private Rome Catacombs and Crypts Tour

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  • Duration
    3.5 h.
  • Start time
    14:30
  • Meeting Point
    Piazza Barberini (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language
    English

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the Roman Catacombs, Basilica San Clemente, and the Capuchin 'Bone Chapel'
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Transportation between sites by air-conditioned coach
  • All tickets and reservation fees included

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Descend beneath the surface of modern Rome to explore its hidden secrets – like the 'Bone Chapel', the Roman Catacombs where Christians worshipped in secret, and below Basilica San Clemente, built over an ancient cult temple. Your private guide will unveil it all!
Capuchin skulls close up

Holy or Macabre?

Explore the underground Capuchin ‘Bone Chapel’, famous for its singular décor - the bones of nearly 4,000 friars!

San Clemente Altar

Step Back in Time at Basilica San Clemente

Travel through time as you descend the basilica’s numerous layers of history – marvel at a 5th century church, a 4th century cult temple, the 1st century street level, and an ancient aqueduct.

San Clemente Mosaic

Experience the Roman Catacombs

Explore the long, dark tunnels of the 2nd century Catacombs of Rome, used by early Christians to practice their forbidden faith and bury their dead.

Tour Description

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.

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What's included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance ticket to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum
  • Entrance ticket to the catacombs
  • Entrance ticket to the church and undergrounds of Basilica San Clemente
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned coach bus

Sites Visited

  • Catacombs of Domitilla, San Callisto or San Sebastiano
  • The Basilica of San Clemente
  • The Capuchin Crypt and Museum

Meeting Point

Important notes

  • Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.

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.

  • What forms of payment do you accept?

    Online bookings can be prepaid via PayPal, MasterCard, Visa or American Express. Phone and Live Chat bookings can be paid via MasterCard or Visa. Regretfully, our guides are unable to process cash payments in-destination due to local laws and regulations..

  • 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.

Private Rome Catacombs and Crypts Tour Reviews

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Very knowledgeable, fun...

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Very knowledgeable, fun, and entertaining. We didn’t want the tour to end!

Jonathan was great...

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Jonathan was great. Knowledgeable, outgoing, established good rapport with us, helpful with “side recommendations” (eg, places for dinner — we really enjoyed Nona Betta :) I noticed other guides had flashlights; there were a few moments where a flashlight might have been helpful, but overall I would not want to ding Jonathan for this. He was really great. I’d also like to add that we had Robert for a CityWonders group tour to Pompeii, and Michelle (?) last Monday morning for the Vatican Museum. Both of these guides were also outstanding. We had a non-CW guide for the Coliseum and Palatine Hill, and then a few non-CW in Venice. Whatever CW is doing to recruit / train guides, keep it up — you guys seem far better than any of the others we experienced. Thank you!!

Guide and driver were excellent...

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Guide and driver were excellent. Very knowledgeable, entertaining and enthusiastic. Would definitely book again.

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