Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tickets with Guided Tour

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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.

Highlights
  • 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

Description

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.

Itinerary

  • Catacombs of Rome

  • Basilica San Clemente

  • The Capuchin 'Bone Chapel'

  • Campo dei Fiori

  • Tiber River

  • Castel Sant'Angelo

Includes

  • Admission

  • English-speaking guide
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Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tickets with Guided Tour

Duration: 4 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Admission / English-speaking guide

Schedule

  • 14:15

    Check in at Piazza Barberini

  • Roman Catacombs

    Start your tour of the 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.

  • Basilica San Clemente

    Begin from the top layer (a 14th-century Basilica), down through a huge 4th-century Basilica, a 2nd-century sanctuary that is believed to have once hosted rituals by the mysterious Mithraic cult and finally, an incredibly preserved 1st-century Roman street, replete with herringbone tiling.

  • Capuchin Crypt

    See the Capuchin crypt which is decorated with bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks. Be amazed when you see real skulls and crossbones, chandeliers made of vertebrae and the chilling words "What you are now, we once were. What we are now, you will be."

  • 18:00

    End of tour

Adult ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free
Rome Crypts and Catacombs & Rome Evening Walking Tour

Duration: 8:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Admission / English-speaking guide

Schedule

  • 14:15

    Check in at Piazza Barberini

  • Roman Catacombs

    Start your tour of the 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.

  • Basilica San Clemente

    Begin your walk from the top layer (a 14th-century Basilica), down through a huge 4th-century Basilica, a 2nd-century sanctuary that is believed to have once hosted rituals by the mysterious Mithraic cult and finally, an incredibly preserved 1st-century Roman street, replete with herringbone tiling.

  • Capuchin Crypt

    See the Capuchin crypt which is decorated with bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks. Be amazed when you see real skulls and crossbones, chandeliers made of vertebrae and the chilling words "What you are now, we once were. What we are now, you will be."

  • 18:00

    Crypts and Catacombs tour ends. Free time.

    Enjoy some free time to have dinner at a local restaurant or go for a stroll in the historical center of Rome, experiencing the city at its most enchanting time or admiring an unforgettable sunset. Make your way to the meeting point for Rome Evening Tour before 21:00.

  • 21:15

    Rome Evening Tour

    Traverse the Tiber and wander across piazzas, listening to unknown stories of murders, executions, and betrayals. See the house of the most notorious murderer ever to work in the Eternal City and visit the bridge that is known to be haunted by the ghost of the female Pope.

  • 22:45

    End of tour

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  • (For Check-In) Piazza Barberini (Piazza Barberini, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy) Time: 14:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) Piazza Barberini (Piazza Barberini, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy) Time: 18:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Piazza Barberini (Piazza Barberini, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy) Time: 14:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Piazza Barberini (Piazza Barberini, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy) Time: 18:00:00

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Notes

Required Items to Bring & Attire
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  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended.

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

  • No clothing that exposes a large amount of skin

Additional Note(s)
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  • Transfers between two tours is not included.

  • Please check in with a City Wonders representative both in the afternoon and in the evening.

  • Meals are not included in the price.

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  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 14:30:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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