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

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2 hrs 45 mins

Max 18

Why take this tour?

After the 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.Enjoy an exclusive, intimate VIP visit to Rome's San Sebastiano Catacombs - after official closing time
  • Created with Sketch.Discover the extensive network of tunnels and hear fascinating stories from your expert Catacombs guide
  • Created with Sketch.Learn about the intriguing artifacts and embellishments that punctuate Rome's underground burial chambers
  • Created with Sketch.Immerse yourself in the eerie atmosphere of the Capuchin Crypt aka 'The Bone Chapel' with captivating insights from your knowledgeable guide
  • Created with Sketch.Travel between sites in comfort with private air-conditioned transport

Explore Rome's Catacombs after closing on this extra-special VIP tour

As visitors emerge from underground and disperse for the evening, a peaceful atmosphere settles over Rome's Catacombs. It's then - as the doors officially close to the public - that you and your small group will step inside for a VIP visit like no other...

Because we have exclusive access after hours, your small group will explore the vast system of tunnels all by yourselves - with the help of an expert Catacombs guide. And as you go deeper into the ground, you'll learn all about the unusual artifacts and decorations that adorn the area.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions - this is as intimate as it gets!

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As visitors emerge from underground and disperse for the evening, a peaceful atmosphere settles over Rome's Catacombs. It's then - as the doors officially close to the public - that you and your small group will step inside for a VIP visit like no other...

Because we have exclusive access after hours, your small group will explore the vast system of tunnels all by yourselves - with the help of an expert Catacombs guide. And as you go deeper into the ground, you'll learn all about the unusual artifacts and decorations that adorn the area.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions - this is as intimate as it gets!

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 tunnels will be restored to the calm and quiet that reigned over them thousands of years ago, when they were still used as active burial grounds.

A short, comfortable drive in your private air-conditioned transport is just the time you need to reflect on your Catacombs experience, before it's on to an altogether more eye-opening experience of Roman burial customs.

Not for the faint of heart, The Capuchin Crypt aka The Bone Chapel is (likely!) unlike anything you've ever experienced. Here, an order of monks has festooned a burial-chamber-cum-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 Order's surprisingly uplifting views of life and death!

  • Sites Visited
  • San Sebastiano Catacombs after closing
  • Capuchin Crypt aka The Bone Chapel
  • Capuchin Museum
  • Tour Includes
  • Special VIP access to Rome Catacombs
  • Tickets to the Capuchin crypt & museum
  • Guided tour of the Capuchin crypt
  • Private round-trip transport between sites
  • Small groups limited to 18 people
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Expert Catacombs guide
Human remains in Rome's Capuchin Crypt
4,000 monks' remains are on display in the Capuchin Crypt
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Tour was enjoyable and Julia was a great guide

Our guide was wonderful and we really enjoyed the tour. I have recommended it to my family. Our guide, Marta, was very knowledgeable and gave us a very good understanding of the sites we visited and why they are meaningful.


FAQ

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.
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.
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.

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