Rome Crypts and Catacombs with Dark Heart of Rome Walking Tour

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Capuchin monk and skulls
Capuchin monk and skulls
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Capuchin Arms Sharper
Capuchin Monks
Capuchin Monks
San Clemente Altar
San Clemente Altar
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San Clemente
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San Clemente Brick

What To Expect

Discover the real dark heart of Rome by visiting an ancient part of the city and burial grounds layers beneath the modern busy streets, and joining us in a nighttime adventure that leaves no stone unturned, telling you the little-known history fraught with murders, executions and hauntings.


  • Visit the famous Capuchin 'Bone Chapel,' an underground chapel where the Capuchins have used the bones of 4,000 monks to decorate

  • Step back in time at Basilica San Clemente as you descend from a 12th century Basilica

  • Explore ancient tunnels and Artwork at the 2nd century Catacombs of Rome

  • See the historic heart of Rome in a new light, exploring some of its most famous sights and learning its secrets

  • Guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 20 guests to maintain quality and an intimate feel


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Piazza Barberini
8 hours and 15 minutes
Saturday at 2:30 PM
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Visit three unforgettable sites with one thing in common - these are the most unusual and outlandish places in the Eternal City.

Start off at the ancient Roman Catacombs. Dating all the way back to the 2nd century AD, this extensive network of tunnels snaking beneath the city was once both a burial ground and a hiding place for the first Christians in Rome. Established in the days when Nero was famed for torturing Christians, the tunnels became a place for refuge as much as for burials and celebrations.

The next stop is the Basilica San Clemente, another site that few visitors ever see. Your guide will begin with the tale of a priest who thought he heard running water inside the basilica. Several years and a sledgehammer later, he and his brothers had mined through the floor of the 12th century basilica, a 5th century church, and a 4th century cult temple. Underneath it all, they finally found the ancient aqueduct that had tormented the priest. Trace this route with your guide through spaces that have been opened now to reveal these incredible layers of history.

End this part of our tour on a high note, with a visit to the Capuchin Crypt - known locally as the 'Bone Chapel'. Witness a real skull and crossbones, vertebrae chandeliers and full skeletons in their robes before drawing your own conclusion.

Enjoy some free time to have dinner at a local restaurant or to go for a stroll in the historical center of Rome, experiencing the city at its most enchanting time or admiring an unforgettable sunset.

As darkness sets in over Rome, a different city comes to light - a city of legends and mystery, where thousands of years of history left a story behind every stone. Having survived the Middle Ages and the Inquisition, the stories Rome has to tell are far from the average bedtime tale. Traverse the Tiber and wander across piazzas, listening to unknown stories of murders, executions, and betrayals. See the house of the most notorious (and empathetic) murderer ever to work in the Eternal City and visit the bridge that, according to the legend, is haunted by the ghost of the female Pope.

For an hour and a half, go back in time to a city that burned heretics like spit roasted pigs and cured its crime problems by hanging pictures of the Virgin Mary on every corner.


  • Catacombs of Rome

  • Basilica San Clemente

  • The Capuchin 'Bone Chapel'

  • Campo dei Fiori

  • Tiber River

  • Castel Sant'Angelo


  • Transfers in an air-conditioned coach *Only for Crypts & Catacombs Tour

  • English speaking guide

  • Entrance Ticket to the Catacombs of Rome

  • Entrance Ticket to the Basilica San Clemente

  • Entrance Ticket to the Capuchin 'Bone Chapel'

  • Headsets


  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Infants up to 2 years old travel for free and do not require a reservation.

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended. We are unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or impairments requiring special assistance and customers with strollers or baby carriages on this tour.

  • This tour operates with a maximum of 20 guests.

  • Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.

  • Entrance into churches requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.

  • Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world, making certain sites extremely busy in high season. Careful planning limits our exposure to crowds, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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