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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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour.

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Crypts and Catacombs- A must see
Mark_G
, Sep 2021
This was a very informative tour. We learned so much more about Rome and its history. Our tour guide was very pleasant, professional, and very much in the know. We highly recommend this tour.
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J was excellent in...
Marc_L
, Sep 2021
J was excellent in explaining the history and background of the catacombs and crypts. The information was new and fascinating !
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Great tour, great tour guide (Max), very worth the time and money!
Clint
, Sep 2021
Max from City Wonders tours was amazing! What a great guy, very well informed, entertaining, and helpful. He gave us a wonderful experience on this tour. We really enjoyed seeing the bone church and the underground catacombs, but he added so much extra knowledge which made it all worth it.
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Great tour. One of the highlights of our trip
Kathy_D
, Sep 2021
Guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was very interesting. The only part that we did not understand is why we had to walk several blocks to get the bus from the meeting point and then before the last venue
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Catacombs
Sabrina-James
, Sep 2021
The underground catacombs was an amazing thing to see. I wish we could have gone down to the lower levels as well.
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A morbid yet fascinating and surprisingly beautiful tour
David_S
, Sep 2021
Tour was fascinating, a must see for anyone travelling to Rome. Our guide John was brilliant - very knowledgeable and brought some levity to what is no doubt a fairly morbid side of the city. He also recommended some fantastic spots for food and gelato 😀
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The crypts come alive!
Amy
, Sep 2021
What a great tour! Our guide (Divan) added so much to our experience. He provided an entertaining talk giving us history, context, and meaning of these unusual historic sites! Well worth the time.
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Life changing
Courtney_K
, Sep 2021
Life changing event. Tour guide was knowledgeable and funny ! Would recommend everyone to go. Worth the time and money
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Best tour guide
Tina_M
, Aug 2021
We had the best tour guide. Devon was so knowledgeable and did an amazing job! I left the tour feeling amazed by the experience
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Wowzer of a tour!
Lorri_H
, Aug 2021
John was our tour guide and was wonderful… he was so knowledgeable about the history and the sites we saw and injected humor into his presentation. Would highly recommend this company, this tour, and John as a tour guide!
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