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

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

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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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Skip-the-line access to the Christian Catacombs of Rome
Air-conditioned vehicle
Small groups of up to 20 people or fewer
Access to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum
Access to the Basilica San Martino Ai Monti
Professional, English speaking guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point 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.
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.
  • All customers will need to wear a FFP2 mask throughout the bus journey.
  • 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.
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.
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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Complete waste if time and money
, Jan 2022
We paid to see the catacombs and they did not tell us until we were 20 min into the tour that the catacombs they were going to take us to were closed. Then, they took us to a crypt museum and did not let us come in because our “vaccination” was expired. It was 7 months since our last Covid shot and everything we had read said our vaccination was good for 9 months. They believed it was 6 months. They were a complete waste of our time.
An interesting and moving experience! A+++
, Jan 2022
This was such an efficient, fun and interesting tour. The guides were excellent; friendly and knowledgeable. The group size was small and we had a great time.
Great Tour
, Jan 2022
The tour was very interesting and educational. We saw some very interesting places and learned a lot about the history of the catacombs.
A lot more then I expected
, Dec 2021
I was a lot more then I expected. Not only a crypts and catacombs tour but a history lesson about Rome. Tour guide was great. Very informative.
Great family experience
, Dec 2021
Excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable. We had three kids in our tour (ages 14,12, and 10) and she kept them engaged.
Amazing experience
, Dec 2021
This tour is well worth the money! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and funny. We were able to see areas that weren’t well known to tourists. You need to go on this tour.
Excellent tour
, Dec 2021
Excellent tour! You do travel on a bus to get to the destinations. Beautiful scenery along the way and friendly knowledgeable tour guide. A truly unique experience!
Smaller group would be better.
, Dec 2021
Tour guide was personable but the experince was quite fast and not as expected. Largest complaint was the size of the group... when entering the crypts , it was very hard to fit everybody in with a good view.
The local guide is very good but Viator fails to inform customers properly
, Dec 2021
The guide, Max, is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guy. Kudos to him. I’m not the first time in Rome but I’m still learning from him. For Viator - you must warn people but they can’t take photos in some places of the trip. Actually, that should be applied to every tour organised - it’s not a first time, I’m being smashed by “no photos” option on tours organised by Viator
A must-see
, Dec 2021
Fascinating seeing the Capuchin bone church. Really has to be seen to be believed. Our tour guide (Max) had so many interesting stories from history to share

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