Alone in Rome's Catacombs: Exclusive After Hours Tour with Bone Chapel

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2 hrs 30 mins

Max 18

Why take this tour?

After the Rome Catacombs close for the evening we enter for a special, peaceful exploration of this ancient Christian city of the dead. You'll also visit the Capuchin Crypt, decorated with the remains of some 4,000 monks.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Explore the Capuchin Crypt and immerse yourself in its eerie atmosphere
  • Created with Sketch.Examine the Catacombs's extensive network of tunnels
  • Created with Sketch.Ponder the story behind the Catacombs in peace and quiet
  • Created with Sketch.Acquaint yourself with the artifacts housed within the Catacombs

Take a torch: Explore Rome's Catacombs after closing

The Rome Catacombs, where ancient Christians buried their dead, are often filled with visitors during the day; but each afternoon they clear out. For the first time ever, this tour avoids the daytime crowds entirely by taking you into the Roman Catacombs after they close for the most atmospheric and intimate experience possible.

Your tour starts in a different sort of burial ground: The Capuchin Crypt. Here, an order of monks has festooned a burial-chamber-come-chapel with the mummified remains of 4,000 of their brothers. It's eye-opening, unsettling, and more than a little creepy to the outside observer. But as your expert guide will explain, this macabre site connects intimately to the ...

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The Rome Catacombs, where ancient Christians buried their dead, are often filled with visitors during the day; but each afternoon they clear out. For the first time ever, this tour avoids the daytime crowds entirely by taking you into the Roman Catacombs after they close for the most atmospheric and intimate experience possible.

Your tour starts in a different sort of burial ground: The Capuchin Crypt. Here, an order of monks has festooned a burial-chamber-come-chapel with the mummified remains of 4,000 of their brothers. It's eye-opening, unsettling, and more than a little creepy to the outside observer. But as your expert guide will explain, this macabre site connects intimately to the Capuchin's (surprisingly hopeful) views of life and death.

Afterwards, you will be taken into the extensive labyrinth of Roman Catacombs. As we have exclusive access to them after hours, you and your guide will explore the vast system of tunnels all by yourselves. As you go deep into the ground, your guide will explain the various sights and artifacts that you encounter.

Descending into this city of the dead, you'll hear stories of how the first Christians dug these tunnels as a way to observe their (at the time) unique death rights outside the limits of the old city. Unfortunately, they didn't quite escape the long arm of the tax collectors. Traveling in a small group of 18 people through the Catacombs, the gloomy tunnels will be restored to the eerie quiet that reigned over them thousands of years ago, when they were still used as active burial grounds.

  • Sites Visited
  • San Sebastiano Catacombs (after closing)
  • Capuchin ‘Bone’ Crypt
  • Capuchin Museum
  • Tour Includes
  • Special access to Rome Catacombs
  • Tickets to the Capuchin Crypt & Museum
  • Round-trip transport between sites
  • Small groups limited to 18 people
  • Expert fluent English-speaking guide
Human remains in Rome's Capuchin Crypt
4,000 monks' remains are on display in the Capuchin Crypt
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My 12 year old son loved this tour and considered it one of the highlights of our trip to Italy. Definitely a different and unique slice of history that is a must see.


FAQ

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.
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.
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.
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.