Skip the Line Crypts and Catacombs Tour - Rome Below the Surface

A really interesting tour with stories and humour and information we would have missed if we hadn't had a tour guide. While I would have liked to spend more time wandering around the catacombs, I appreciate that there was a schedule to keep to. ...Susanna J., United Kingdom – See more reviews
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What To Expect

Peel back the millennia into the underground layers of Rome's history to explore the buried sights many never see. Descend into the winding Roman Catacombs, the ancient street level deep under San Clemente Basilica and even a mysterious 'bone chapel'.

Highlights

  • Transportation between sights by private coach

  • Guided tour of the Roman Catacombs, the underground below San Clemente church and the Capuchin Crypt

  • All entrance tickets and reservation fees

  • Professional English-speaking guide at all stops

  • Get an intimate feel and high quality experience with small groups of 25 guests maximum

Specifications

Type:
Day Tours in Rome
Departs From:
Rome
Meeting Point:
Close to Piazza Barberini
Duration:
3 hours and 30 minutes
Availability:
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM
Product Code:
3677
Voucher info:
Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

Uncover the Eternal City's ancient secrets as you explore the buried passages, temples and sanctuaries hidden beneath the its bustling modern-day squares and streets.

A private coach will take you from the meeting point to your first stop at one of the Roman Catacombs. Dating to the 2nd century AD, these underground burial chambers unfold millennia of buried history. Travel back to a time when Christianity was considered as a cult whose members were executed as pagans and buried as martyrs as an official guide takes you on an enlightening journey of discovery.

Continue to Basilica San Clemente, a 12th-century Basilica, and hear about the clergyman who dug his way through the floor tiles to discover layers of history piled on top of each other. Climb down to see ruins reaching 57 feet deep including a 4th-century church and the 2nd century remains of a shrine to the cult of Mithras. This incredible descent will take you from the current street level, to where it stood at the time of the Emperor Nero for a perspective on the Eternal City you will never forget.

Your next stop is also sure turn your perception around as you enter the ominous Capuchin Crypt, also known as the 'Bone Chapel'. Herein the earthly remains of nearly 4,000 Capuchin monks have been used to decorate what for the brothers is a place of prayer. These skeletons, with their bones decorating almost every square inch, are a vivid reminder of the fleeting nature of life, not to mention one of Rome’s eeriest sights. You'll also be taken through the Capuchin Museum to see Caravaggio's magnificent 'St. Francis in Meditation' and go through the artifacts giving you a glimpse into a Capuchin monk's life.

No other tour will give you such a complete glimpse into the hidden Rome that lay beneath its already ancient streets.

Includes

  • Tour of one of Rome's three major catacombs

  • Tour of Capuchin Crypt

  • Tour of San Clemente church underground

  • All tickets and entrance fees

  • All transfers by private coach

  • Professional English speaking tour guides

Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Entrance some churches may require a dress code. We cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.

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

  • This service ends at Piazza Barberini around 17:30.

  • We are unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or impairments requiring special assistance and customers with strollers or baby carriages on this tour.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 25 guests.

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

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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