The Original Rome Crypts & Catacombs Tour
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The Original Rome Crypts & Catacombs Tour

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Tour Highlights

 

  • Discover the Crypts & Catacombs of Rome, where early Christians practiced their forbidden faith
  • Visit the eerie Capuchin Crypt – a fascinating chapel decorated with the bones of 4,000 Monks
  • Descend through the layers of San Clemente Basilica, built on top 3 ancient churches dating back to the 1st century
  • Enjoy expert commentary from your local, English-speaking tour guide
  • Beat the heat with transport between sites in an air-conditioned coach

 

 

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Uncover ancient secrets hidden beneath the surface of modern Rome, including the 'Bone Chapel', a pagan shrine, and subterranean catacombs where early Christians buried their dead.
Capuchin skulls close up

VISIT THE OMINOUS CAPUCHIN ‘BONE CHAPEL’

See the famous Capuchin 'Bone Chapel', a religious sanctuary where friars have used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their fellow Capuchins for decoration.

San Clemente altar

Step Back in Time at Basilica San Clemente

Descend from a 14th century Basilica to the 1st century Roman street level, through an ancient cult site and countless layers of history.

San Clemente Mosaic

EXPLORE ANCIENT TUNNELS & ARTWORK

Discover the 2nd century Catacombs of Rome, testament to a time when Christians were the minority. In these long, dark tunnels they celebrated their religion and buried their dead.

Tour Description

Join our Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour and descend deeper into the unusual history of Rome, far below its busy streets and towering monuments to the concealed side of this ancient city. The itinerary includes three unforgettable stops with one thing in common – they are some of the most uncommon and mysterious sites the Eternal City has to offer.

Uncover More of the Catacombs with Our Expert Guides

The tour begins with a trip to the ancient Roman catacombs. Dating back almost 2,000 years to the 2nd century AD, this extensive network of tunnels was once both a burial ground and a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome. With an expert, English-speaking guide on hand, you’ll explore tombs carved right out of the rock, and hear the fascinating history of these sacred places.

Discover the History of the Basilica of San Clemente

From here you will be taken near the Colosseum to the Basilica of San Clemente, easily the best example of exactly how deep you need to go to understand Rome's history. In the 1860s, a priest discovered that the structure we see today sits on top of two millennia of foundations, including 12th and 4th-century basilicas, a 2nd-century cult temple, and ruins dating back to Nero's Great Fire in 64 AD. Underneath all of this history lies a functioning aqueduct, in which water still flows today. Like the catacombs, you will see it all with in-depth commentary from your expert guide.

Explore the Macabre Capuchin 'Bone Chapel'

The tour ends with the 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. 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. The museum annex is also home to Caravaggio's 'St. Francis in Meditation'.

Get ready to have your assumptions about Rome turned upside down on this incredibly unique journey of discovery!

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What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Entrance ticket to the Capuchin Crypt & Museum
  • Entrance ticket to the catacombs
  • Entrance ticket to the church & 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 & Museum

Important Notes

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

  • How far in advance should I book my tour?

    Our tours are very popular amongst visitors to Italy, Paris and London, so we suggest booking your place on them at your earliest convenience. If you are not ready to book yet and have some questions, we would be happy to help over the phone, via email and Live Chat. It is our mission to ensure that you get the most out of your visit!

  • Do you accept last-minute bookings?

    We are happy to accommodate all last-minute bookings - availability permitting. You can check our website for availability, or get in touch with our Customer Care Team directly. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, the tour may be sold out. Perhaps we can recommend something else, or offer you a suitable alternative, so please do get in touch!

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