Rome Catacombs Tour With Capuchin Crypts

5 / 5 25 Reviews · 3.0h 15 max · Rome, Italy

Visit a 17th-century ossuary, an underground Christian cemetery, and one of the earliest and most important ancient Roman roads. If you’re looking for fun Rome tours, our Roman Catacombs Tour is the perfect choice.

Itinerary

What you will see on this tour

  • Private Luxury Transfer
  • Capuchin Crypt
  • Catacomb of Domitilla
  • Tombs
  • Ancient Frescoes
  • Ancient Appian Way
  • Drop Off

Would you like to visit the mysterious Roman Catacombs on your trip to The Eternal City? You’ll descend beneath Rome’s well-traveled streets see five rooms full of carefully-organized human bones before visiting one Rome's vast set of underground Catacombs. Roughly 95% of Rome’s visitors don't see the Roman Catacombs. Most visitors choose to visit the Vatican and Colosseum while skipping this mysterious gem. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! This 3-hour underground tour features: 

  • - A guided tour of the Capuchin Crypts
  • Guided tour of the Christian Catacombs of Domitilla
  • - A friendly English-speaking guide
  • - Luxury climate-controlled transportation

Please note: Because some of the sites on this small group tour are religious, knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women at all times. This dress code is strictly enforced and should you not comply, you run the risk of missing parts of the tour. We know that Rome gets quite hot during the summertime - please consider bringing a shawl/scarf/sweater with you to cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Capuchin Crypts

This ancient crypt contains the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies believed to have been Capuchin friars buried by order. These individuals were buried between the years 1500 and 1870, when the Roman Catholic Church permitted burial inside and underneath churches. The underground crypt is divided into five chapels; Crypt of the Resurrection, Crypt of the Skulls, Crypt of the Pelvises, Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones and Crypt of the Three Skeletons. Lit only by dim natural light and small fluorescent lamps, these crypt walls are a macabre work of art decorated elaborately with skeletal remains. Some of these skeletons are still intact, wearing the original Franciscan habits that they were buried in. Many of the crypt’s individual bones are arranged into elaborate ornamental designs. The Catholic Order insists that this display is not intended to be macabre, but rather a silent reminder of the fleeting nature of our own mortality and swift passage through life on Earth.
 

The Domitilla Catacombs

The Christian Catacombs of Domitilla are an elaborate underground maze of tunnels that offer a rare glimpse into early Christianity in Rome. Hidden deep underground and located about 15 minutes outside of Rome, these catacombs were created in response to the shortage of burial plots in Rome’s city center during the second century. The Domitilla Catacombs contain the remains of about 150,000 bodies hidden from plain view.
 
These Roman Catacombs offer Rome’s most spine-chilling catacomb tour experience. Aside from the more macabre aspects of the catacombs, numerous important artifacts are also housed here. Some of the highlights of the Domitilla Catacombs include an intact second-century fresco of The Last Supper. As an added bonus, visiting this site during the summertime provides a much-needed reprieve from the scorching hot sun.
 

The Appian Way and Aurelian Walls

Emperor Aurelian built a wall around Rome during the third century in order to protect the city from barbarian invaders. We’ll take you to the Aurelian Walls in our climate-controlled vehicle to see them up close. You’ll walk along a small stretch of the Ancient Appian Way, one of the most important Ancient Roman roads leading all the way to Southern Italy. The Ancient Appian Way is also where 10,000 slaves were crucified during the revolt of Spartacus.
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Piazza Barberini - in front of the Fontana del Tritone. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Wear comfortable shoes. In summer, bring sunscreen. In Spring and Autumn bring a light jacket.

Q: Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?

A: We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you may be refused entry to religious sites and miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary. 

Q: Why does my kid 6 or under have to pay? C'mon!

A: Sorry about this. We're parents too and we understand! Unfortunately, they must be seated due to traffic regulations so they take up a seat in our vehicle. We even bring a car seat for children who require one. If it makes you feel any better, we don't make money off your kids for this tour.

Q: Will we see bones? 

A: Yes! This tour visits the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione which houses a 17th-century ossuary under it. There you will see the bones of around 4,000 Capuchin friars!

Q: What Catacomb does this tour visit? 

A: Usually the Catacombs of San Domitilla, although if there is any closure we will substitute the site with another catacomb site nearby.
 

Q: I have trouble walking?  Is this tour for me?  

A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Catacombs Private Tour.

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5/15/2019
Annie R.
5 / 5
Excellent tour!

We just finished our 3rd Roman Guy tour in the 2 days we had in Rome! All 3 were wonderful! Our guides, Donata, Minola, & Raf we’re perfect! They were all very knowledgeable and my husband and I felt like we learned a lot of interesting things about Rome. Never boring! I would highly recommend to anyone going to Rome!

4/30/2019
Bailey W
5 / 5
Great tour & great guide

We loved our catacomb tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the experience very interesting and informative

4/15/2019
Corrine
5 / 5
GREAT EXPERIENCE!

Such an amazing experience! Seeing the 5 chapels and all of the bones adorning the walls were the best part! Definitely a MUST SEE for anyone traveling to Rome!

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