Rome Catacombs Tour With Capuchin Crypts

Explore the spooky side of Rome's underground tombs and crypts with a local guide

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 91 Reviews · 3.00h 15 max · Rome, Italy

Are you looking for a more unique experience in Rome? Then head under the city and explore the ancient catacombs of Rome with us! Your fun guide will bring to life the creepy tales and true stories of the crypts and catacombs that were once Rome's most active burial sites. You'll love this popular tour of Rome's catacombs that feels off-the-beaten-path but leaves lasting memories that many tourists miss out on.

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:

  • A guided tour of the Capuchin Crypts

  • A guided tour of the Christian Catacombs of Domitilla

  • A fun, English-speaking guide

  • Luxury, climate-controlled transportation

Please note: We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you might be not allowed to enter these religious sites and you’ll 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.

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: It's possible that the Domitilla Catacombs could experience a last-minute closure. If that is the case, your guide will show you to the nearby 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.

What you get with this tour
English-Speaking Guide
Transportation
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Great guide, would recommend the crypts
28 November 2021
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Moira Johnson

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.

09 November 2021
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Shanti Radkar

Crypts and Catacombs
25 October 2021
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Michael Xavier Repka

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 do I have to pay for my child that's under 6 years old?

Great question. Since this trip includes transportation, all passengers on the tour must be seated for safety and legal reasons, so they take up the same space as an older child or adult. For peace of mind, we will bring a car seat for children who need one, so please let us know in the comment box on the order confirmation page.

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.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour? 

If you have any doubts about your mobility, we suggest taking a Catacombs Private Tour so your needs can be better accommodated.

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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