Rome: Capuchin Crypt & Museum Tour with Choral Concert

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Rome: Capuchin Crypt & Museum Tour with Choral Concert

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Explore the early Christian history of Rome on a 1-hour tour of the underground burial chambers of the Capuchin Crypt. Learn more in the Capuchin Museum and Church of Santa Maria Immacolata. Then, attend a concert of Gregorian chants.

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Duration 70 minutes
Starting time 5:15 PM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the early Christian history of Rome
  • Visit the eerie Capuchin Crypt and see the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks
  • Attend a choral concert in the restored Basilica of Santa Maria Immacolata
  • Learn how Christianity was once considered a cult and its members executed as heretics
  • Discover stunning works of art by Caravaggio and Domenichino
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Tour Rome's underground burial chambers and crypts to discover a history that predates Christianity, and post-dates the Renaissance. This 1-hour tour takes you back to a time when Christianity was considered a cult and its members were executed as heretics and buried as martyrs. You will see hundreds of burial chambers, from modest single sites to extravagant family tombs, in the long corridors of the underground city. First, visit the Capuchin Crypt and Museum for an encounter with Caravaggio’s magnificent “St. Francis in Meditation” canvas, along with masterpieces by Domenichino and Reni. See relics from the life of St. Francis and some of his followers. The Crypt is decorated with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks, including a real skull and crossbones and chandeliers made of human vertebrae. Then, attend a choral concert by the renowned Schola Romana Ensemble inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Immacolata. The program is rare and valuable, and alternates the archaic mysticism of Gregorian Chants - the most ancient form of Occidental music - with the best polyphony compositions by the Roman School, including masterworks by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
Includes
  • Entrance to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum
  • English-speaking art historian guide
  • Transportation

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Capuchin Museum, Via Vittorio Veneto 27, Rome

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4.3 / 5

based on 26 reviews

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Terrific tour. Knowledgeable guide. We did feel a bit rushed through the museum and crypts; the tour could have been about 20 minutes longer for that. Also could not always hear the guide, especially in the crypts where we heard absolutely nothing, the headphones that are sometimes used would have made it all perfect.

December 5, 2019

It started at the agreed time. The guide picked us up in the church and then went with us through the museum. There we got explanations about some exhibits, but we were only able to look at most things in passing. The crypt was very interesting, but unfortunately you were not allowed to take pictures. There are only 4 rooms decorated with bones. The guide, a young man, described everything very well, but not all the people in the room could get together, the last ones could not get in until the first ones left. The concert afterwards was really impressive, the four singers are first class!

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September 30, 2019

Both the tour and the concert were amazing! The crypt was a bit cramped for the number of people in the tour but manageable. The only thing that can be improved in my opinion is the audio machine. There was a lot of static noise, but it was only a minor nuisance.

July 25, 2018

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