After Hours Rome Catacombs Tour with Capuchin Crypts

Experience Rome’s underground tombs and religious bone displays on this exclusive night tour

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Looking for a bone-chilling Rome Catacombs experience without the big crowds? This after-hours tour gives you VIP access to one of the city’s most unique historical sites—the underground world of the Roman Catacombs. Along with an expert guide to help bring the stories of the dead to life, you’ll explore the ancient burial tombs at night and experience the unique human bone displays of the Capuchin Crypts. It’s a side of Rome you won’t forget in a hurry!

  • Meeting point at Piazza Barberini
  • Capuchin Crypts
  • Crypt of the Resurrection
  • Crypt of the Skulls
  • Crypt of the Pelvises
  • Catacombs of Priscilla
  • Return to Piazza Barberini

After meeting up with your local guide in Piazza Barberini in central Rome, your group will walk with you to the site of the Capuchin Crypts—home to displays containing over 3,700 human skeletons. Next, you’ll travel by van to the vast underground tombs at the Catacombs Priscilla for an unforgettable night tour. Best of all, your guide will unlock the gates to the catacombs right before your eyes, letting you feel like a true VIP.

Rome Catacombs at Night Tour Description

Your 2.5-hour tour includes:

  • Guided tour of Capuchin Crypts

  • Guided tour of Priscilla Catacombs

  • A fun English-speaking guide

  • Maximum group size of 20 people

  • Private transportation between locations

Please note: Some of the sites on this small group tour are sacred, so both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders at all times. We know that Rome gets quite hot during the summertime, but it's always a great idea to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you to cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Capuchin Crypts

Housed beneath the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione Cappuccini are five chapels, each filled with the bones of Capuchin friars who were buried at a time when the Catholic Church permitted burial underneath church grounds. The Capuchin Crypts were not created with the intention of macabre art; the idea was to symbolize mortality and passage of life through the earth.

Without having to wait in line, you’ll visit all 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. It’s a chilling and fascinating display to experience up close.

Transportation to Catacombs of Priscilla

After your visit to the bone chapels, you’ll hop on a private vehicle for a 15-25 minute drive (depending on traffic) to our next destination, the Catacombs of Priscilla. No need to stress about getting from one destination to the next. Our team will arrange all of that.

Catacombs of Priscilla

The Priscilla Catacombs will be opened with an ancient key right before your eyes so you can explore with hardly any crowds like a VIP. Often known as the “Queen of Catacombs,” the Catacombs of Priscilla stretch for about 5 miles. The site not only served as a burial space almost 2,000 years ago, but also operated as a place of worship for Christians.

Your guide will escort you into three separate sections: Acilii zone, Greek Chapel, and Arenario. Inside, you’ll find biblical artistic inscriptions, such as Moses striking water from a rock, the Madonna and Child and the Sacrifice of Isaac.You'll even have an opportunity to view what's believed to be the earliest depiction of the Nativity Scene.

Return to Piazza Barberini

After leaving the Priscilla Catacombs, you'll be driven back to your original meeting point at Piazza Barberini in central Rome.

What you get with this tour
Expert English-speaking guide
Catacombs tickets
Capuchin Crypts
Priscilla Catacombs
Transportation
Group size of 20
Tour guide gratuities
Meal
Hotel pick up
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20 July 2024
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melanie leger

Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The catacombs were incredible the guide there was exceptional. She was extremely knowledgeable and thank god it is underground. It was very refreshing considering it was 36degrees outside. Well worth it in the summer during the day!!!

18 July 2024
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Jennifer Tyrol

A bit late and a bit too preachy
06 July 2024
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Julia Agresta

The instructions told us to come 15 min early to ensure a prompt start time. We were there as well as the other members of the tour, but no one was holding a sign. Eventually our tour guide, Oscar, came over, letting us know that there’s some problem with ticket office. It was not his fault at all and he was very nice, but we had to wait for 45 min post start time. Which means we were rushed through the first crypt which wasn’t great. We also waited in front of the museum in which we heard that this was not the first time this happened with the tickets not being there on time for the tour. Once again, Oscar was very informative and helpful. When we went to the next spot, we had sister Elena take us down to the catacombs. It was very cool to see but we had maybe fourish spots we looked at, and she mostly told us Catholic beliefs and parables while down there rather than historical facts or information about the catacombs. I would have preferred a bit more to see as we were down there for about an hour.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Wear comfortable shoes for this walking tour. In spring and autumn, we recommend bringing a light jacket.

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

This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and many old stone floors and stairways. If you have any doubts about your mobility, we suggest taking a Catacombs Private Tour so your needs can be better accommodated.

Which catacombs does this tour visit?

This tour usually visits the Priscilla Catacombs, but if there are any unexpected closures, your guide will take you to another nearby site.

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!

Why do I have to pay for my child who is under 6 years old?

Since this trip includes transportation, all passengers on the tour must be seated for safety and legal reasons. That means a young child takes up the same space as a youth or adult. For peace of mind, we can bring a car seat for children who need one, so please let us know in the comment box on the order confirmation page.

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 for this walking tour. In spring and autumn, we recommend bringing a light jacket.

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

No hotel pickup is included on this tour. You’ll meet your guide at the designated meeting point.

Where does this tour end?

After visiting the catacombs and crypts, your driver will return you to central Rome at Piazza Barberini where your tour started.

What if I want to see the catacombs during the day?

No problem! You can book onto our daytime option Rome Catacombs Tour.

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