Rome Catacombs Tour With Capuchin Crypts
Visit Rome's underground burial sites and Domitilla Catacombs
Visit a 17th-century crypt, an underground Early Christian cemetery, and Ancient Rome’s most important road. Witness some of the more eerie sites in Rome with an expert guide.
- Capuchin Crypt
- Private Luxury Transfer
- Catacomb of Domitilla
- 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 six rooms full of carefully-organized human bones in the Capuchin Crypts before visiting one of Rome's vast sets 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.
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 thousands of burial plots, where the remains of Ancient Romans were once located.
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.
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Our guide was Michele - the best guide we had over a few tours. For such a gruesome subject he was able to really add fascinating stories and make it entertaining. The travel from Crypts to Catacombs in minibuses was comfortable and even though in 2 buses (11 in group) we could hear Michele when in different bus - communication excellent. Trip to the Appian Way was great and just amazing to stand on the cobbles of the first road built.
Our tour was amazing! Marzia led our group with energy, clarity, and great storytelling skills. Going to the catacombs and crypts really helped bring the ancient city to life. She was knowledgeable, had excellent historical photos, and easily answered any of our questions. We would highly recommend going on this tour since it shows a perspective you wouldn't otherwise see.
Our guide was Michelle and he was fabulous- so knowledgable and told good stories not just the bare bones of the information- very entertaining. The earpiece and radio worked perfectly and were comfortable- we travelled in 2 minibuses and could still hear Michelle as we travelled and he continued with his commentary. The minibuses were clean and comfortable to travel in. The group was 11 people and that made it easy for staying together through the tour. It was a fascinating tour - maybe not the most cheerful of subjects but really interesting. A thunderstorm and heavy rain as we walked on the section of the Appian Way just added to the atmosphere 😅Highly recommend.
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: Why doesn't this tour run on Sundays?
A: Via Appia Antica, the road we travel on to access the Catacombs, is closed on Sundays.
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.
Q: Can I visit the Catacombs at night?
A: Absolutely! Check out our VIP Rome Catacombs Night Tour with Capuchin Crypts.