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

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Italy, Lazio, Rome
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

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 Clemente to discover layers of ancient foundations offering an insight to civilizations long fallen.

Highlights

  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included

Itinerary
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Stop At: Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, Via Vittorio Veneto 27, 00187 Rome Italy

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

Stop At: Basilica of San Clemente, Via Labicana 95, 00184 Rome Italy

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

Stop At: Catacombe di Santa Domitilla, Via delle Sette Chiese 282, 00147 Rome Italy

Visit

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Museum and Crypt of Capuchins, Via Vittorio Veneto 27, 00187 Rome Italy

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

Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Skip the Line Access
  • Entry/Admission - Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica of San Clemente
  • Entry/Admission - Catacombe di Santa Domitilla
  • Entry/Admission - Museum and Crypt of Capuchins

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • 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
  • Not recommended for those who are effected by claustrophobia
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Departure Point

Fontana del Tritone, Piazza Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 hours 30 minutes

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

User's Reviews

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Amber S

I booked this out of curiosity, mostly and was very impressed with everything we saw. We visited 3 locations. I don’t want to post any spoilers because the experience is very unique and culturally valuable and insightful. Our guides, Camila and Andrea have personal buy-in as they are grad students studying related subjects so their explanations were accurate and meaningful.

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lorirae24

Matteo was a great tour guide! It was a lot of fun and he was considerate of my 7 month old on the trip which I really appreciated. He knew a lot of fun things and it was a great experience

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Duke P

Our guide (Matteo) was extremely knowledgeable and energetic as was his partner with the second group. He handled a small conflict with a smaller group private guide with class and professionalism. She was being aggressive as if we were supposed to listen to her instead.

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loefflere

This was one of the coolest things that I’ve seen in a long time. The bone crypt is awesome. Max was our guide and was funny, knowledgeable and energetic. He also helped me track down a pair of sunglasses that I lost on the tour. Definitely request Max if you can! Would absolutely recommend to everyone.

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Jimmy R

My girlfriend and I were blown away by this tour. The flawless way that Isa managed our group was superb. She was very clear and concise about every step of the tour but the wealth of knowledge and the way she presented was the most impressive. The actual sites were breathtaking but the way Isa presented her information was ultimately transforming. Thank you guys for hiring such an outstanding tour guide, we both felt we learned from an Ivy School professor rather than someone just spewing information, Bravo!!!!!!!!!!

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