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The Original Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel Visit

by City Wonders Duration 3h 30m Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is C$105

Descend into the chill of Rome’s mysterious underworld with the longest running crypts and catacombs tour. Beneath the sun-baked streets lie layer upon layer of history. Travelling in an air-conditioned coach, you’ll skip the line to unearth three of the city’s strangest discoveries.

First, visit the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practised their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this secret network of tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs carved out of solid rock, your guide – a local, expert English-speaker – will relate the fascinating history of this sacred spot.

From here, the coach will whisk you to the Basilica of San Clemente. To descend below this structure is to go back in time, through the remains of 12th and 4th century basilicas, a 2nd century cult temple, and ruins dating back to AD 64, when Nero watched Rome burn. Here you’ll find a long-buried aqueduct that, incredibly, still functions.

Your final destination is the Capuchin Crypt. Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate this sombre space in intricate floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of ‘the Bone Chapel’. Your guide will tell you the theories, but it’s up to you to draw your own conclusions about the meaning of the crypt’s robed skeletons and vertebrae chandeliers.

Beat the heat and explore the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.

Descend into the chill of Rome’s mysterious underworld with the longest running crypts and catacombs tour. Beneath the sun-baked streets lie layer upon layer of history. Travelling in an air-conditioned coach, you’ll skip the line to unearth three of the city’s strangest discoveries.

First, visit the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practised their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this secret network of tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs carved out of solid rock, your guide – a local, expert English-speaker – will relate the fascinating history of this sacred spot.

From here, the coach will whisk you to the Basilica of San Clemente. To descend below this structure is to go back in time, through the remains of 12th and 4th century basilicas, a 2nd century cult temple, and ruins dating back to AD 64, when Nero watched Rome burn. Here you’ll find a long-buried aqueduct that, incredibly, still functions.

Your final destination is the Capuchin Crypt. Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate this sombre space in intricate floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of ‘the Bone Chapel’. Your guide will tell you the theories, but it’s up to you to draw your own conclusions about the meaning of the crypt’s robed skeletons and vertebrae chandeliers.

Beat the heat and explore the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.

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2:30 PM, Tour in English

Duration 3h 30m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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per adult
C$104.74

Total price is C$104.74, taxes included

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The Original Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel Visit

Activity Location

Roma 00186

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Fontana del Tritone Piazza Barberini

    Roma 00186


Highlights

  • Rome’s original & longest running crypts & catacombs tour

  • Investigate the macabre mystery of the Bone Chapel

  • Discover the underground history of worship in Rome

  • Small tour group of 20 people or less

  • Beat the heat in cool tunnels & an air-conditioned coach


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Rome's crypts and catacombs

  • Admission fees

  • Live tour commentary provided in English

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 1 and younger are complimentary.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.


The Original Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel Visit ratings based on 211 Verified Reviews

4.7 out of 5

5/5 Mar 10, 2019

Awesome excursion! My family I learned soo much from our tour guides. Louise was very attentive and made sure she explained everything to us. She described everything throughly in such great details. I would totally do this again when I come back to Rome.

Jenith J

United States

2/5 Mar 10, 2019

The guide was extremely hard to understand. Guide could not answer questions. His reply was always "without a plaque, no one knows". A lot of standing in random, un-important places and then you ARE RUSHED through the places you want to see.