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

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Roma, Italy

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

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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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
  • Visit the Domitilla Catacombs underneath the Appian Way
  • Explore the Basilica of San Clemente and see Rome’s history displayed through layers of architecture

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Visit the Capuchin crypt and two lesser-known gems—all with priority access.
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Skip the Line Access
Group of 21 people max
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Fontana del Tritone, Piazza 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.

Hear about the history of the Appian Way, including the catacombs that make up nearly 186 miles (300 km) of underground tunnels. Learn how they were used as burial chambers by early Christians, as well as secret places to worship when Christianity was prohibited in Rome, as you enter one of the largest — the Domitilla Catacomb (Catacomb di Santa Domitilla) — with skip-the-line access. Head below ground with your guide to discover what lies beneath the Eternal City, including wall paintings and a 12th-century church.

Next, your coach will take you to Basilica of San Clemente, which is made up of three structures from the last 2000 years built on top of one another. Skip the entrance line outside and go straight in with your guide to take in the different eras of Roman history and see Renaissance frescoes and mosaics.

End your tour at the Capuchin Crypt at the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione. First see the crypt museum, home to St Francis in Meditation, a painting by Caravaggio, as well as other artifacts about Italy’s patron saint, St Francis. Then walk into the crypt, where you’ll find small chapels made entirely out of the bones of Capuchin monks. Learn about the history and significance of this unusual design aesthetic before returning to ground level. Your tour ends here, where you may stay on your own to explore more, if you wish.
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 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica of San Clemente
From here, the coach will whisk you within sight of the Colosseum, to the Basilica of San Clemente. To descend below this structure is to move backwards through time. You’ll travel through the remains of 12th and 4th century basilicas, a 2nd century cult temple and ruins dating as far back as AD 64, when Emperor Nero watched the city burn. Incredibly, the ruins include an aqueduct that still works, after lying buried for centuries.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Catacombe di Santa Domitilla
Duration: 5 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 30 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This activity is not suitable for people who suffer from claustrophobia
  • 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.

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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.
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.

Traveler Tips


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

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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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star-5
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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star-5
Great Tour
Steve
, Sep 2020
Great tour, with friendly and knowledgable guide. Very well organised and chance to see things away from the normal tourist trail.
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star-5
Enjoyable and worthwhile
Amanda_S
, Aug 2020
We had a great time on the trip. The guide, Andrea, was very knowledgeable and friendly. He even talked about some of the places we passed in the bus that would be good places to visit if we wanted less crowds. He was so helpful that if we were here longer I would definitely go on another tour.
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History and Art
Shugen_T
, Mar 2020
It was an amazing tour. So much history. We had a small group so it went by easy. Andrea was very knowledgeable and answered our questions. Will refer friends to this tour if they decide to visit Rome one of these days.
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star-5
Love Matteo!
Donna_P
, Feb 2020
This tour was great! Matteo was very knowledgeable and interacted with the group extremely well. Highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the area.
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star-5
Excellent tour. Serena is a wonderful guide
Maria_C
, Feb 2020
This tour was so interesting. Would highly recommend it. We felt very privileged to be able to visit the crypts and catacombs, so much history and mystery. Our tour guide Serena was very enthusiastic explained everything perfectly.
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Crypt tour February 2020
Scomibo
, Feb 2020
A good tour that scratches the surface of three different sites. Felt a little rushed at each location. Walked by many seemingly interesting spots that were passed over for discussion. Shawn (guide) was entertaining and friendly.
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A highlight of our trip
Rhiannon_Jones
, Feb 2020
An excellent afternoon and highly recommended! Serena was knowledgeable, funny, informative and just brilliant. We saw some fascinating things, that we'd never have found without the tour and it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
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Product code: 3731CRYPTS

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