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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a half-day tour. Visit the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente with skip-the-line access, plus visit the Capuchin Crypt, where you’ll see a Caravaggio painting and marvel at a chapel made entirely out of human bones. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship spots during this fascinating exploration into the history of Rome.
  • See Caravaggio’s St Francis in Meditation painting in the Capuchin Crypt Museum
  • Learn about the Capuchin monks who used human bones to build and decorate their crypt
  • Head inside the Basilica San Martino ai Monti, adorned with frescoes, and see the Chapel of Our Lady of Carme

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Visit the Capuchin crypt and two lesser-known gems—all with priority access.
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Skip-the-line access to the Christian Catacombs of Rome
Air-conditioned vehicle
Small groups of up to 20 people or fewer
Access to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum
Access to the Basilica San Martino Ai Monti
Professional, English speaking guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Fontana del Tritone , P.za Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

In Piazza Barberini, at the Tritone fountain located at centre of the square. For Spanish Guided tour Arrive at 8:45am to start your tour at 9.00am. For English Guided tour Arrive at 2:15pm to start your tour at 2.30pm.

2:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your walking tour starts at Piazza Barberini, where you’ll meet your guide and board and air-conditioned coach to the Christian Catacombs.

Descend into the chill of Rome’s mysterious underworld with Skip-the-Line access to three of the city’s strangest discoveries.

Unmask a new side to the Eternal City as you explore the eerie Bone Chapel, adorned with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks, and the Christian Catacombs, a series of hidden tunnels where early Christian’s practiced their forbidden faith.

Then travel beneath the Basilica San Martino ai Monti to discover layers of ancient foundations offering an insight to civilizations long fallen.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
Escape the noise and heat of Rome as you explore its cryptic past on the city’s longest running crypts and catacombs tour. Beat the heat with air-conditioned travel and Skip-the-Line access directly down into cool, shadowed spaces that hide layer upon layer of history. First, you’ll visit the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this secret network of tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs carved out of solid rock, your guide – a local, expert English-speaker – will relate the fascinating history of this sacred spot.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
San Martino ai Monti
When you exit the catacombs, your bus will take you back within the city walls to the Basilica of San Martino ai Monti. Near the edge of the Parco del Colle Oppio, this unassuming church dates back to the 4th century - it has been rebuilt over the years, but is filled with a great sense of history just waiting to be discovered. Stunning frescoes adorn the walls, from artists such as Pietro Testa, Matteo Riccione and Giannangiolo Canini.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
Your final destination is the Capuchin Crypt. Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate this somber space in intricate floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of ‘the Bone Chapel’. Your guide will tell you the theories, but it’s up to you to draw your own conclusions about the meaning of the crypt’s robed skeletons and vertebrae chandeliers. Open your eyes to the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required for entry into some of the sites on this tour. Knees and shoulders must be covered
  • No photos can be taken inside the venue during the tour
  • Please note this tour involves a fair amount of walking, as well as a large number of stairs, comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This activity is not suitable for people who suffer from claustrophobia
  • Please note that the visit to the Basilica of San Clemente will be replaced by a visit to the Basilica of San Martino Ai Monti until further notice.
  • All customers will need to wear a FFP2 mask throughout the bus journey.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for those who are effected by claustrophobia
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour.

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  • "There is a good amount of walking involved so if you have mobility issues, beware." See review

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Tour
Leanne_P
, May 2022
Interesting tour. Sad the crypts had been routed . Would have loved to see them with all of their beauty.
star-3
Should have just gone on our own
tapi
, May 2022
The tour was simply too large. The guide was well meaning but it was like herding cats. While the catacombs were cool in retrospect we should have just gone to the Capuchin tombs on our own. It was a slow afternoon.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour!
John_S
, May 2022
On time, professional, English guide was great. Highly informative - a complete history class! Full explanations of everything we saw.
star-5
Andiamo
Geraldine_K
, May 2022
As always. A good trip. Thank you. Looking forward for more tours someday. As Barbara said, make the most of our lives.
star-5
Excellent
Medhat_A
, May 2022
Allan and Sonia were great, very informative and helpful. Allan needed to separate our small group for compliance to the cripts, which we were more than happy to help comply. He gave us great detail once we went it. Over and above.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Guide was knowledgeable...
Chris_W
, May 2022
Guide was knowledgeable and engaging. Sights were more than expected. Well organized and efficient but not rushed.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Unique and fascinating…
Angia_H
, May 2022
Alain, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the catacombs and crypts. It’s not your normal tour, kind of spooky and creepy.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Two really good sights, one not so much
Steve_R
, Apr 2022
A visit to the catacombs will blow your mind, it is crazy that you only get to see 2-3% of what is down there but it goes on and on. The Cappucciun church with the rooms decorated with human bones is quite mesmerising. We enjoyed less the middle stop at a church and didn’t really see how this fit in with the other sights. It’s worth mentioning the description of the tour requests that you need a good level of fitness but this doesn’t really seem necessary.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing but also eerie
David_K
, Apr 2022
This tour blew me away! I did the tour with one of my best friends and the tour guide was super funny and very informative of the catacombs and crypts! It was truly amazing to be able to go down into catacombs in the city of the dead. The tour was both eerie and an unforgettable experience! One of my absolute favorite tours I’ve done!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent tour with wonderful guides
John_C
, Apr 2022
Wonderful tour with knowledgeable guides that went out of their way to offer complete commentary and interesting anecdote's. Special thanks to Andrea and his detailed information while travelling and within the sites. His colleague was also excellent. We learned a lot!!

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