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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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