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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

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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  • "There is a good amount of walking involved so if you have mobility issues, beware." See review

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Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
MariaG
, Jul 2021
Our guide Devon was very professional and funny. He shared lots of great information. I could tell that the subject matter was important to him and that made the tour awesome.
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City Wonder Guides (Chris) Always Getting After It!
Gregory_Nobles
, Jul 2021
City Wonder provides the best tour guides that consistently organized, professional and knowledgeable. For this tour, Chris maximized every moment to discuss the Catacombs and Crypts visited. His background is noteworthy and is an honest and courteous guide.
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Great
Raul_M
, Jul 2021
Great tour with even better guides. Great information and amazing history that needed to be learned.
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Cool (literary) experience
rosean123
, Jul 2021
It was very interesting experience. We visited 3 sites, it was on time, very knowledgeable guide. No pictures were allowed to take on two sites. It was very hot outside and cool temperature underground.
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Great tour!
Victoria_S
, Jul 2021
This tour was awesome and our tour guides were excellent. We learned so much on this tour. Rome was very hot in July and the air conditioned bus ride and cool walk in the catacombs made our vacation so much better. My family and I had never heard about the catacombs and we were so astounded at the history linked to this tunnels. Seeing the bones was very interesting and unique. This tour did not disappoint.
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Catacombs and Crypt
Cori_E
, Jun 2021
Fascinating. Guide was very informative. Not only did he have extensive knowledge about the things we were seeing, but he also shared with me other points of interest in Rome and Florence.
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The history of this Tour was incredible
Adam_M
, Dec 2020
For me this was my best trip in Rome. It was simply fascinating I was told About booking this before I arrived I’m so pleased I did it was simply superb.
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super friendly guide - ask me anything atmosphere
Marianne_S
, Oct 2020
Nice tour, with loads of information. Our Tour guide was really nice, and you could ask anything. The catacombs are a wonderful experience, the group was a good small size. If you want to emerse yourself in Romes underground history, this tour will give you a good overview
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Really informative!
Atlanta
, Oct 2020
Really amazing tour! Despite the pandemic and some places being closed, we were well accommodated. We visited the Catacombs of Santa Domitilla and the Capuchin crypt, which were every bit as amazing as you could imagine! Our group had a private bus that picked us up from the departure point and drove us to all the sites. Our tour guide (John) was so passionate about Rome and had answers to any and all questions that were asked. This tour was worth every penny and i cannot recommend it enough! John is an asset to the company :)
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Great tour, interesting and informative
Susan_R
, Sep 2020
Andrea was an excellent, enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide who made the tour very interesting. If you like the history of Rome and to learn about the background to the catacombs, then this tour is for you. Having someone to answer your questions and interpret all you see, especially for the Capuchin monks was vital to fully appreciate it all. Being there at this time meant a small group which only enhanced the experience more. I would thoroughly recommend this tour
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