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Rome: Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour of Rome's Dark Side

Rome: Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour of Rome's Dark Side

Rome’s history isn’t all just emperors and gladiators. As with any city, there’s plenty of hidden history that gives a completely different perspective, especially after the sun goes down. For every grand palazzo and opulent church, there can be a darker tale hidden behind the stones. Come along on a night-time stroll with our passionate storytelling guides to discover a history of Rome that could leave you chilled or amused, but definitely fascinated. Hear tales that include the execution of one of history’s best scientific minds, try and spot the ghost of a Count who cavorted with Marie Antoinette, and learn the incredible story of a woman known as ‘the female Pope’, who is said to haunt the bridge you’ll stand on. From the house of a notorious poisoner to a church with a rather macabre story to go with it’s grim decoration, explore the backstreets of the city, where you will discover the stories of a completely different side of Rome. Our guides are expert storytellers and passionate about their city, and guests both young and old will be left with lasting fascination for this very different history of Rome and her people.

Catacombs guided tour and Capuchin Crypt with Transfer

Catacombs guided tour and Capuchin Crypt with Transfer

Get ready to have your assumptions about Rome turned upside down on this incredibly unique journey of discovery. The itinerary includes some of the most uncommon, mysterious and outlandish sites the Eternal City has to offer. Start your experience at Touristation office in Piazza d'Ara Coeli 16 and take the Panoramic Bus to reach the Catacombs. Embark on a fascinating underground tour of the Catacombs, taking you into the unusual history of Rome. Learn about how dating almost 2,000 years to the 2nd century AD, this extensive network of underground tunnels was once a burial ground and a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome. After the guided tour at the Catacombs, the dedicated transfer will bring you to the famous Capuchin Crypt in Via Veneto. Visit on your own with the audioguide. The Crypt is inside a museum attached to the Baroque church of Santa Maria della Concezione, close to Piazza Barberini. Explore the museum collects and exhibits about some significant aspects of the Capuchin friars in general. Learn about the simple lifestyle, closeness to the poor and spirit of fraternity that characterize the religious order, whose history is recounted from its origins in the 16th century to the present day. The Crypt is a singular work of art with a macabre all-Baroque taste, lending it the macabre nickname of "the Bone Chapel". Walk in the long corridor with five chapels, decorated on the vaults and walls with the mortal remains of nearly 4,000 friars dating from between the 16th and the 19th centuries, composed in such a way as to form rosettes, pilasters, stars, hourglasses, clocks and butterflies, chandeliers and crosses. Admire on the walls piled thousands of shinbones, femurs and skulls turned into building materials to create niches and architectural structures that house skeletons dressed in the habit of some of the friars. Each chapel bears the name of the bones with which the decorations were made and contains, according to tradition, holy earth transported here from Palestine or Jerusalem.

Dark Heart of Rome - Facts, Legend & Mystery Walking Tour

Dark Heart of Rome - Facts, Legend & Mystery Walking Tour

When the sun sets in Rome another side to the city comes to life. This darker, more mysterious Rome is one where facts and legends are intertwined to stimulate the imagination as much as the eye. On this 90-minute evening tour, you'll discover the sunset Rome known only to a select few! Your guide will bring the Eternal City’s most enthralling historical and supernatural mysteries to life in a highly entertaining and informative tour. You will stroll along winding lanes in the city's historic center and hear ghostly tales that form part of a lesser-known history of Rome. Departing from Sant'Andrea Della Valle Church, you will walk in the shadows of sights such as the Campo de Fiori, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Via del Governo Vecchio, Via Giulia, Piazza Farnese, and Castel Sant'Angelo. Prepare to be a little spooked, but expect to be highly entertained!

Secrets of Rome: Historical True Crime Small Group Tour

Secrets of Rome: Historical True Crime Small Group Tour

Step back in time and uncover the hidden mysteries and dark secrets that lie beneath the cobblestone streets of Rome on our exclusive Historical True Crime Walking Tour. Starting in the bustling heart of Campo De' Fiori, this captivating journey will take you through the enchanting backstreets of the Eternal City, where each corner holds a tale of intrigue, betrayal, and scandal. Led by our expert storytellers and historians, this immersive small group (max 15 per group) tour is not just a stroll through history – it's a gripping adventure into the underworld of Rome's most notorious characters. From the fiery demise of the heretic philosopher Giordano Bruno in the Campo De' Fiori square to the clandestine activities of the enigmatic Cagliostro, you'll be transported to a time when the city's shadows whispered secrets. As you wander through the labyrinthine alleys, your guides will regale you with the scandalous stories of Donna Olimpia Maidalchini, the influential power player of 17th-century Rome, and Giulia Tofana, the notorious poisoner whose dark arts sent shockwaves through the city. No true crime tour of Rome would be complete without a nod to the infamous Borgias, a family synonymous with treachery and cunning. Hear tales of their Machiavellian plots, scandalous affairs, and the dark deeds that left an indelible mark on the city's history. But the intrigue doesn't end there. Walk in the footsteps of Beatrice Cenci, the tragic figure whose story is steeped in betrayal and tragedy. Explore the very streets where these historical figures lived, loved, and met their fates. Our guides are not just historians; they are expert storytellers who bring these tales to life with passion and flair. Prepare to be captivated as they transport you to a time of forbidden romances, political machinations, and heinous crimes. Join us on the historical true crime walking tour and unlock the captivating stories hidden within the city's ancient walls. Be entertained, informed, and enthralled as you discover the darker side of Rome's rich history. Book your ticket now for an unforgettable journey into the shadows of the Eternal City.

Rome: COMBO Dark Side Tour and Bone Crypts & Dark Centre

Rome: COMBO Dark Side Tour and Bone Crypts & Dark Centre

Discover the dark side of Rome on two guided walking tours conducted by knowledgeable and captivating storytellers. Be led into the heart of darkness, where the shadows of history dance with the flickering street lamps of Rome. PLEASE NOTE: These tours are both 2 hours long, with the option to take both in the same evening with an hour break in between, or on separate evenings. Our team will be in touch when you book to find out your preference. Delve into one of Rome’s most unique attractions at the Capuchin Crypts, home to an estimated 3,500 skeletons – some still standing and dressed, while some are recycled as decoration. Discover the hidden symbolism behind this rather macabre but fascinating spectacle. The tour then delves into the dark stories that linger in Rome’s city centre, from tragic Second World War events to the ghostly legends at some of Rome’s major highlights. You’ll discover the supposed inspiration for Sweeney Todd, and never look at the Trevi Fountain the same way again. Next, embark on the dark side tour, a night-time stroll that could leave you chilled or amused, but definitely fascinated. Hear tales that include the execution of one of history’s best scientific minds, and try and spot the ghost of a Count who cavorted with Marie Antoinette. Learn the incredible story of a woman known as ‘the female Pope’, who is said to haunt the bridge you’ll stand on. From the house of a notorious poisoner to a church with a rather macabre story to go with it’s grim decoration, explore the backstreets of the city, where you will discover the stories of a completely different side of Rome.

Dark Heart of Rome: Facts, Legends, and Mystery Tour

Dark Heart of Rome: Facts, Legends, and Mystery Tour

When the sun sets in Rome, another side of the city comes to life. It is an older and more mysterious Rome, where facts and legends are intertwined to stimulate the imagination as much as the eye. This 90-minute evening tour is the tour to take if you want to discover that Rome, known only to a select few! Your guide will bring the Eternal City’s most enthralling historical and supernatural mysteries to life in a highly entertaining and informative tour. You will stroll along winding lanes in the city's historic center, and hear ghostly tales that form part of Rome’s lesser-known history. Departing from Sant' Andrea Della Valle Church, walk in the shadow of sights such as the Campo de Fiori, where public executions used to take place. Walk down the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, and through the Piazza Farnese, dominated by fountains formed out of granite stone basins. See the Castel Sant’ Angelo, site of the Mausoleum of Hadrian, and walk down the Via Giulia, one of the first planning projects in Renaissance Rome.

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4.6
(363 reviews)

Joined this tour at the last minute and couldnt have been happier. Our tour guide Ivana was absolutely fantastic....a real highlight of our trip to Rome. Fun, friendly and a great story teller who brought the darker side of Rome to life. Such a great way to see Rome's dark back streets at night and hear a side of history otherwise unknown. The wine break mid tour was also a big hit! We both agreed that we would have paid three times as much for such a tour...value for money is an understatement! Cannot recommend it enough if your looking for something fun and different to do while visiting the eternal city. We actually might do the tour again of we return it was that enjoyable.

It was a wonderful tour, even though we were a bit unlucky with the weather. I can highly recommend it: a beautiful route through hidden corners that you don't necessarily get to as a tourist. Many thanks to Ben!

Great Tour, lots of interesting facts about Rome’s dark side. Our guide Ben did a great job pointing out historical details and adding haunted stories to the places visited. Very entertaining and good expertise 👍🏻

The guide me Ben was very knowledgeable. He has given all information about dark side which all shud know . Overall good experience

Ben was absolutely great! Very knowledgeable and funny. He made the tours fun and interesting.