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Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel Visit

Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel Visit

From $81.19 per person

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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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
Beneath the sun-baked streets of Rome lie cool, shadowed spaces that hide layer upon layer of history. Beat the heat with air-conditioned travel and Skip-the-Line access directly down into three different, but equally fascinating archaeological finds. First, you’ll 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 carved out of solid rock, your guide – a local, expert English speaker – will relate the fascinating history of this sacred spot. From here, the coach will take you back within the city walls to the Basilica of San Martino ai Monti. Located near the edge of the Parco del Colle Oppio, this unassuming church dates back to the 4th century. 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. 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.
Includes
  • Tour as per description
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 20 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
  • Gratuities
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 who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meeting time: 14:15 Departure time: 14:30 Meet in the center of Piazza Barberini, by the large Triton fountain. 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

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, hills, and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Regrettably, guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated. Strollers or baby carriages must be left at home.
  • Entry into churches requires that you follow a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. The tour operator cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.
  • Please note, from August 6th 2021 all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 to present a COVID-19 green certificate in Italian or English and an ID, proving that they are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine), or that they have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48 hours, or that they have recovered from COVID-19 (with a PCR or antigen test result) at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1014 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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Loved the tour! Team Devon was awesome, very enthusiastic about each part of the tour, in fact both guides seemed to enjoy their jobs, and it showed. The side visit to a church (can't remember the name) was a hidden gem, and of course the catacombs too! However, the bone church stole the show!

August 13, 2021

This tour was fantastic. Our guide Eivin (I hope I spelled that correctly) was adorable. He was cracking jokes the whole time while also being knowledgeable, passionate and informative. You can tell he loves Rome and loves being a guide. These locations are once in a lifetime experiences, and I highly recommend it! Wear comfortable shoes, and know there is a lot of walking in tight spaces.

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August 4, 2021

I absolutely loved this itinerary! My guides were thorough, friendly, and super engaged. This was the perfect way to experience this side of Rome. I had a free day while my husband had to work, and I felt very comfortable and looked after as a solo traveler for the day. Highly recommend!

July 19, 2021

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