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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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Roma, Italy
Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a half-day tour. Visit the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente with skip-the-line access, plus visit the Capuchin Crypt, where you’ll see a Caravaggio painting and marvel at a chapel made entirely out of human bones. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship spots during this fascinating exploration into the history of Rome.
  • See Caravaggio’s St Francis in Meditation painting in the Capuchin Crypt Museum
  • Learn about the Capuchin monks who used human bones to build and decorate their crypt
  • Head inside the Basilica San Martino ai Monti, adorned with frescoes, and see the Chapel of Our Lady of Carme

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Visit the Capuchin crypt and two lesser-known gems—all with priority access.
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Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Group of 21 people max
Skip-the-line access to the Christian Catacombs of Rome
Access to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum
Access to the Basilica San Martino Ai Monti
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

P.za Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

In Piazza Barberini, at the Tritone fountain located at centre of the square. For Spanish Guided tour Arrive at 8:45am to start your tour at 9.00am. For English Guided tour Arrive at 2:15pm to start your tour at 2.30pm.

Departure Time

2:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your walking tour starts at Piazza Barberini, where you’ll meet your guide and board and air-conditioned coach to the Christian Catacombs.

Descend into the chill of Rome’s mysterious underworld with Skip-the-Line access to three of the city’s strangest discoveries.

Unmask a new side to the Eternal City as you explore the eerie Bone Chapel, adorned with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks, and the Christian Catacombs, a series of hidden tunnels where early Christian’s practiced their forbidden faith.

Then travel beneath the Basilica San Martino ai Monti to discover layers of ancient foundations offering an insight to civilizations long fallen.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
Escape the noise and heat of Rome as you explore its cryptic past on the city’s longest running crypts and catacombs tour. Beat the heat with air-conditioned travel and Skip-the-Line access directly down into cool, shadowed spaces that hide layer upon layer of history. First, you’ll visit the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this secret network of tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs carved out of solid rock, your guide – a local, expert English-speaker – will relate the fascinating history of this sacred spot.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
San Martino ai Monti
When you exit the catacombs, your bus will take you back within the city walls to the Basilica of San Martino ai Monti. Near the edge of the Parco del Colle Oppio, this unassuming church dates back to the 4th century - it has been rebuilt over the years, but is filled with a great sense of history just waiting to be discovered. Stunning frescoes adorn the walls, from artists such as Pietro Testa, Matteo Riccione and Giannangiolo Canini.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
Your final destination is the Capuchin Crypt. Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate this somber space in intricate floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of ‘the Bone Chapel’. Your guide will tell you the theories, but it’s up to you to draw your own conclusions about the meaning of the crypt’s robed skeletons and vertebrae chandeliers. Open your eyes to the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required for entry into some of the sites on this tour. Knees and shoulders must be covered
  • No photos can be taken inside the venue during the tour
  • Please note this tour involves a fair amount of walking, as well as a large number of stairs, comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This activity is not suitable for people who suffer from claustrophobia
  • Please note that the visit to the Basilica of San Clemente will be replaced by a visit to the Basilica of San Martino Ai Monti until further notice.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for those who are effected by claustrophobia
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour.

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star-3
Prague’s Sedlec Ossuary or the Paris catacombs are better
Heather_C
, Oct 2021
This tour consisted of going through empty catacombs and seeing four small rooms of Capuchin bone displays. While it was cool it isn’t nearly as interesting or shocking as the Sedlec ossuary in Prague or the Paris catacombs. You also aren’t allowed to take pictures anywhere, which I thought was silly. While our guide was nice and knowledgeable I think based on what we received this tour was the least value for the money of the three my friend and I did.
star-5
Learned a lot!
Andrea_M
, Oct 2021
We enjoyed the crypt and the catacombs the most. Devon was very informative and engaging. Great day in Rome!
star-5
A Must See!!!
Marcy_F
, Oct 2021
I loved hearing about the symbolism of the bones in each room of the crypt. Very enlightening. Devan did an amazing job presenting. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and fun
star-5
Both tours guides were...
Kellie_T
, Oct 2021
Both tours guides were amazing!!!! They had knowledge beyond what I could of asked for!! Bravo guys!!!!
star-1
Ripe off
ronald_t
, Oct 2021
5 minutes late for tour and they left. Called and asked if we could catch a cab and join group and was told no. It's all about the money.
star-5
In a very good - great...
Morten_K
, Oct 2021
In a very good - great Company with Alain - we explored a part og Rome . Thanks for the tour and thank to Alain!
star-5
Great Experience
Rick_W
, Oct 2021
I truly enjoyed the experience, our guide was EXTREMELY knowledgeable, and very willing to answer any, and all questions. He truly wanted to ensure that we had a great experience, and took his time going through each location.
star-5
Great tour
Katie_H
, Oct 2021
Tour guide was very knowledgable and made everyone feel comfortable with asking questions. Time well spent.
star-5
Alan our huid is...
Safeya_C
, Sep 2021
Alan our huid is knowledgeable and funny. He answeres all quetions and made the morbid parr of the tour very interesting.
star-5
Excellent tour. Max &...
Paul_O
, Sep 2021
Excellent tour. Max & Alan were fantastic tour guides with a lot of knowledge and wit thrown in Catacombs were very interesting and so were the church’s we visited a very good tour

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