Guided tour

Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel & Transfers

Activity provider:City Wonders Ltd.
Guided tour

Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel & Transfers

Activity provider:City Wonders Ltd.
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From US$ 63.21 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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  • 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 on an audio guide tour. 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". Open your eyes to the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Admission and audio guide 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

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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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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • Guests with wheelchairs, strollers, baby carriages, or any impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated.

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 1586 reviews

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Our guide, Paula was fantastic! She shared perspectives of landmarks while we were on the bus as well as when we got to our destination. She was funny, engaging, energetic and so much fun to tour with! She was extremely knowledgeable about all the subjects and I learned so much from the tours. I would highly recommend Paula to anyone wanting to do a tour.

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May 26, 2023

The trip to the crypt was outstanding. The Cappaccine priests story is very interesting. The four crypts were captivating. The back story of the catacombs is incredible. The visit to the church covering multiple centuries and three buildings was very interesting. Vanessa was a very knowledgeable guide and related to everyone on the tour.

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May 21, 2023

Laura was a very friendly host. She went above and beyond giving tips on how to experience Rome in the best way. She also gave a wonderful lesson on the history of Rome and important and free places to see art. The negative of the trip was how fast we were rushed through the tours. We did not get a chance to take our time. We were unable to stop in any of the gift shops afterwards because we had to hurry to the next tour. Also, I feel like the last stop did not really fit with the bone and catacombs theme. Perhaps visiting something else having to do with tombs or necropolis would be a better fit.

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May 21, 2023

Product ID: 13997