Discover the real dark heart of Rome on this combination tour. Visit the ancient part of the city that’s buried beneath the busy streets and join in a nighttime adventure that leaves no stone unturned and unveils the Eternal City’s unseen history.
What to Expect
Delve into the unusual aspects of Rome’s history on 2 unique tours that introduce you to the ancient city's darker dimensions. Kick-off this full day with a crypts and catacombs tour that visits 3 unforgettable sites in the Eternal City.
Your tour begins at the ancient Roman Catacombs. Dating back to the second century A.D. this extensive network of tunnels winds it way beneath the city. Established in the days when Nero was torturing Christians, the tunnels became a place of burial, as well as refuge and celebration.
The next stop is the Basilica San Clemente, another site that few visitors ever see. Descend from a 12th century Basilica down through a huge 4th-century basilica, a 2nd-century sanctuary of the mysterious Mithraic cult and, finally, to ruins dating back to the reign of Nero and the Great Fire of 64 AD.
Finish off this part of the tour with a visit to the Capuchin Crypt, known locally as the Bone Chapel. The Capuchin monks used the bones of 4,000 of their brothers to decorate the walls and ceilings.
Between excursions, enjoy some free time to have dinner or go for a stroll in the historical center of Rome, taking in the magnificent sunset.
As the sun sets over Rome a new city comes to life. Having survived the Middle Ages and the Inquisition, the city has stories to tell that are far from average bedtime tales.
For 90 minutes you’ll wander through piazzas in the dark heart of Rome with an expert English-speaking storyteller, listening to stories of murders, executions, and betrayals.
See the house of the most notorious murderer ever to work in the Eternal City and visit the bridge that, according to the legend, is haunted by the ghost of the female pope.
- English-speaking expert guide
- Small group tour (maximum of 20 people)
- Admission to the Catacombs of Rome, Basilica of San Clemente, and the Capuchin Bone Chapel
- Transfers by air-conditioned coach
- Guided storytelling tour of Rome’s historic center
What's Not Included
- Hotel pick-up/drop off service
- Transfers between the 2 tours
- Food and beverages
Meeting time: 14:15
Start time: 14:30
Location: Piazza Barberini, at the Triton Fountain in the center of the square
GPS coordinates: 41.903658 - 12.488498
Meeting time: 21:00
Start time: 21:15
Location: The steps of the Church of San Andrea della Valle located on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, about 150 meters from Largo di Torre Argentina on the left-hand side heading towards the Tiber River. The church is adjacent to Piazza Vidoni.
GPS coordinates: 41.896446 - 12.47438
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Know Before You Go
Comfortable shoes are highly recommended for this tour.
Unfortunately, the tour cannot accommodate guests with wheelchairs, mobility impairments, pushchairs, or strollers.
Appropriate dress is required to enter some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders, and backs must be covered.
The small group nature of the tour (maximum of 20 people) means that you will be able to ask your expert guides any questions that come to mind.