Crypts, Bones & Catacombs: An Underground Tour of Rome

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3.5 hours

Max 18

Why take this tour?

Highlights

  • Uncover the history behind Rome's 'City of the Dead'
  • Visit the Capuchin Crypt, nicknamed 'The Bone Chapel'
  • Journey through the city's labyrinth of catacombs and hear stories of the people buried there long ago
  • Travel around the city via private, air-conditioned transport to and from sites
  • Drive along the ancient, airy Appian Way (Via Appia Antica), and follow in the footsteps of Romans as far back as 312 B.C
  • Stop off at the spectaclar Roman Aqueducts, and learn about one of the greatest achievements of the ancient world
  • Sites Visited
  • Catacombs of San Sebastiano
  • Capuchin Crypt (aka The Bone Chapel)
  • Appian Way (Via Appia Antica)
  • Roman Aqueducts
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Entrance ticket to Catacomb of San Sebastiano
  • Entrance ticket to Capuchin Crypt
  • Transportation (Minibus with air conditioning)

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Wonderful tour, particularly thanks to our guide, Federico, who was so knowledgeable and engaging. Only complaint is that the tour ended quite far from the starting point requiring a 2 mile walk back to our hotel (no taxis to be found and we were avoiding public transport). Wish that would have been clearer on booking (although our guide told as at start of tour but was too late at that point to plan around this).

Amazing tour. Really interesting. Andrea our Tour Guide was informative and amusing - the whole thing was excellent.

Great way to get out of Rome and see something different. Great storytelling guide.

Very fun and informative tour. Our guide Liam was great as he knew a lot about Christian art and symbolism, helping to provide context for the art we saw. The air conditioned bus was on time and a nice relief from the hot sun too.

Great tour. The guide was very knowledgable and passionate about the content. It was a great way to see some areas you might not normally see. Our only feedback is they should let you know where you will get dropped off in the description. It was a bit far out and we had to adapt our plans.

Meeting Point

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Meeting Point
Piazza Barberini. Please meet by the Triton Fountain in the middle of the square. The closest metro stop is Barberini.

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

FAQs

Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.
IMPORTANT: What should I wear?
The Capuchin Crypt is a holy place so attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. It is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.
Am I guaranteed to visit all three sites on this tour?
Although it is very rare, we advise our clients that San Nicola, which is the last site we visit, is subject to closure during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will run an alternative itinerary including other sites of equal value. End point in this case may vary, however it will always be centrally located. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts for this particular substitution.
Can I take pictures at the sites visited on the Crypts and Catacombs tour?
Taking pictures in the Cappuchin Crypt is strictly prohibited because the monks do not want their dead being photographed. In the Catacombs, pictures are allowed but you are not allowed to shoot any frescoes with flash photography because of the effect that flash has on the paint. Finally, it's totally fine to take photos in San Nicola in Carcere.
I'm claustrophobic, will I be okay on this tour?
The Roman Catacombs are composed of narrow passagways that run deep underground. These can definitely cause problems for people who suffer from claustrophobia.