Rome Catacombs Tour With Capuchin Crypts

Visit Ancient Roman Tombs in Comfort with Climate Controlled Vehicle

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 92 Reviews · 3.00h 10 max · Rome, Italy

Did you know it was illegal in Ancient Rome to bury your dead in the city? This is why all the ancient tombs are outside the city. Visit them in comfort with our climate-controlled luxury vehicles and a fun, professional tour guide. Make your experience more memorable as your tour guide unveils the secrets of the ancient world in a fun way that will have you laughing and in awe at the same time. Admission and Transportation Included.

Tour Details
  • Underground Tombs
  • Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
  • Cappuchin Crypt
  • Catacombs
  • Ancient Frescoes
  • Catacombs of Domitilla
  • Underground Ancient Basilica
  • Secrets of Ancient Tombs
  • Loculi
  • Ancient Appian Way
  • The Roman Countryside
  • Private Luxury Transfer

On this tour, you’ll descend beneath the well-traveled streets of the Eternal City and witness 5 rooms of carefully placed human bones from the Middle Ages before visiting one of Rome's most vast set of underground Catacombs. This 3-hour underground tour includes:

  • Awesome Memories

  • A guided tour of the Capuchin Crypts

  • Guided tour of the Christian Catacombs of Domitilla

  • A Fun, 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 & Bones

This Medieval crypt contains the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order. They were buried between the years 1500 and 1870, during which time the Roman Catholic Church permitted burial in and under churches. 

The underground crypt is divided into six 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 seeping in through cracks and small fluorescent lamps, the crypt walls are elaborately decorated with skeletal remains.

The Domitilla Catacombs

Forming an elaborate maze of underground tunnels, the Christian Catacombs of Domitilla are the largest Catacombs system in Rome. The Catacombs are located about 15 minutes outside of Rome's city center and were taken over by Christians to bury their dead. The Domitilla Catacombs contain thousands of burial plots, where the remains of Ancient Romans were once located.

 Highlights of the Domitilla Catacombs include a second-century fresco of The Last Supper. Learn the mysteries of how Jesus was depicted in the first centuries after his death. You will be surprised for sure!

Please note: The Domatilla Catacombs will be closed from mid-December to mid-January. In the case that your tour falls within this time, you will visit the Catacombs of St. Callixtus instead.

The Appian Way and Aurelian Walls

Emperor Aurelian built a defensive wall around Rome during the third century to defend the city against invading barbarians. You’ll pass the Aurelian Walls in our luxury, climate-controlled vehicle and see them up close. In addition, you’ll walk a small stretch of the Ancient Appian Way. Leading all the way to Puglia in Southern Italy, the Appian Way is one of the most important Ancient Roman roads.

The Ancient Appian Way was also the location of the crucifixion of 10,000 slaves during the revolt of Spartacus. While you won't see any crucifixions, our guide will relive the story for you and make it come alive.

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English-Speaking Guide
Transportation
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11/28/2021
Great guide, would recommend the crypts

Our guide was incredible. I forget her name, maybe Amanda, but she’s a lovely British woman and she was just so knowledgeable and entertaining. By far the best guide I’ve had for any historical tour. She was so knowledgeable of all the sites we visited as well as places we passed in between, and explained the context and importance of the sites in a way that was super fun and not overly didactic. The sites were great but Amanda is what truly made the tour one of the highlights of our trip.

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11/9/2021

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Shanti Radkar
10/25/2021
Crypts and Catacombs

The tour elements and guide were excellent. The time spent was perfect for these experiences

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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.

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

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.

What to bring?

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

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.

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

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.

Why doesn't this tour run on Sundays?

Via Appia Antica, the road we travel on to access the Catacombs, is closed on Sundays.

What Catacomb does this tour visit?

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

Can I visit the Catacombs at night?

Absolutely! Check out our VIP Rome Catacombs Night Tour with Capuchin Crypts.

I have trouble walking? Is this tour for me?

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

Will we see bones?

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!

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