Guided tour

Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel & Transferss

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel & Transferss

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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From US$ 58.03 per person

Likely to sell out

Descend into the chill of Rome’s mysterious underworld on the city’s longest running crypts and catacombs tour. Travelling in an air-conditioned coach, you’ll skip the line into three of the city’s strangest discoveries.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the eerie Capuchin Crypt, decorated with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin Monks
  • See a painting by Caravaggio and relics from the life of St. Francis at the Capuchin Museum
  • Explore the Basilica San Martino ai Monti and see the Chapel of Our Lady of Carmel
  • Enjoy a stress-free experience with skip-the-line entry at all three sites, and transfer between them in air-conditioned luxury
Full description

Discover Rome's hidden layers of history beneath its streets. Travel by an air-conditioned coach and use skip-the-line access directly into three fascinating archaeological finds. Visit the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this network of secret tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs made of solid rock, your local expert guide will describe the intriguing history of this sacred spot.

Next, travel to Basilica of San Martino ai Monti. Dating back to the 4th century, this church is located near the edge of the Parco del Colle Oppio. Admire the stunning frescoes by artists such as Pietro Testa, Matteo Riccione, and Giannangiolo Canini that adorn the church walls, and see the Chapel of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. Finally, visit the Capuchin Crypt. Capuchin monks used the bones of their nearly 4,000 brothers to intricately decorate the floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of "the Bone Chapel." Your guide will tell you the theories, but ultimately you will decide on 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.

Includes
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 16 people or less
  • Admission to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum
  • Admission to the Catacombs
  • Admission to the Basilica San Martino ai Monti
  • All transfers by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in the centre of Piazza Barberini, by the large Triton fountain to begin the activity. Piazza Barberini is located at the metro stop Barberini on metro line A (red line).

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Baby carriages

Know before you go

  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check and comply with the official COVID-19 travel advice and restrictions on each country's government website. The tour provider will not be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, hills, and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Guests with wheelchairs, strollers, baby carriages, or any impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated.
  • The churches require a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for everyone. The tour operator cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1086 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Angela was a delightful guide! She seemed to genuinely enjoy talking to us and answering our questions, and admitted when she didn't have an answer to something (which didn't happen often). She was obviously very passionate and knowledgeable about the sites we visited. The catacombs and bone chapel were eerie yet beautiful. It felt like a privilege to visit such relics.

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August 21, 2022

Tour was fantastic! We were divided into smaller groups of 14 which made it easy to hear the guide and ask questions if required. Small amount of walking required to bus to transport between locations. Bus clean with good air conditioning. Catacombs are very interesting to visit and are a must! Our tour guide "Alan" was amazing and great at answering questions!

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August 20, 2022

The tour is well set up and the places are impressive. Places in Rome that you don't see very often. The guide has a lot of detailed knowledge. However, we can still work on the English pronunciation and better articulation, because we were unable to understand more than half. Otherwise a wonderful tour.

August 15, 2022

Product ID: 13997