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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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Roma, Italy
Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a half-day tour. Visit the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente with skip-the-line access, plus visit the Capuchin Crypt, where you’ll see a Caravaggio painting and marvel at a chapel made entirely out of human bones. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship spots during this fascinating exploration into the history of Rome.
  • See Caravaggio’s St Francis in Meditation painting in the Capuchin Crypt Museum
  • Learn about the Capuchin monks who used human bones to build and decorate their crypt
  • Head inside the Basilica San Martino ai Monti, adorned with frescoes, and see the Chapel of Our Lady of Carme

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Visit the Capuchin crypt and two lesser-known gems—all with priority access.
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Skip-the-line access to the Christian Catacombs of Rome
Air-conditioned vehicle
Small groups of up to 20 people or fewer
Access to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum
Access to the Basilica San Martino Ai Monti
Professional, English speaking guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

P.za Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

In Piazza Barberini, at the Tritone fountain located at centre of the square. For Spanish Guided tour Arrive at 8:45am to start your tour at 9.00am. For English Guided tour Arrive at 2:15pm to start your tour at 2.30pm.

Departure Time

2:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your walking tour starts at Piazza Barberini, where you’ll meet your guide and board and air-conditioned coach to the Christian Catacombs.

Descend into the chill of Rome’s mysterious underworld with Skip-the-Line access to three of the city’s strangest discoveries.

Unmask a new side to the Eternal City as you explore the eerie Bone Chapel, adorned with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks, and the Christian Catacombs, a series of hidden tunnels where early Christian’s practiced their forbidden faith.

Then travel beneath the Basilica San Martino ai Monti to discover layers of ancient foundations offering an insight to civilizations long fallen.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
Escape the noise and heat of Rome as you explore its cryptic past on the city’s longest running crypts and catacombs tour. Beat the heat with air-conditioned travel and Skip-the-Line access directly down into cool, shadowed spaces that hide layer upon layer of history. First, you’ll visit the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced 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.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
San Martino ai Monti
When you exit the catacombs, your bus will take you back within the city walls to the Basilica of San Martino ai Monti. Near the edge of the Parco del Colle Oppio, this unassuming church dates back to the 4th century - it has been rebuilt over the years, but is filled with a great sense of history just waiting to be discovered. Stunning frescoes adorn the walls, from artists such as Pietro Testa, Matteo Riccione and Giannangiolo Canini.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
Your final destination is the Capuchin Crypt. Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate this somber 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. Open your eyes to the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required for entry into some of the sites on this tour. Knees and shoulders must be covered
  • No photos can be taken inside the venue during the tour
  • Please note this tour involves a fair amount of walking, as well as a large number of stairs, comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This activity is not suitable for people who suffer from claustrophobia
  • Please note that the visit to the Basilica of San Clemente will be replaced by a visit to the Basilica of San Martino Ai Monti until further notice.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for those who are effected by claustrophobia
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour.

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  • "There is a good amount of walking involved so if you have mobility issues, beware." See review

Reviews

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star-5
DO IT!
EVELYN_A
, Dec 2021
Unfortunately I forgot the name of my guide, from Wednesday dec 1, 2021 2:15 tour. He was the most knowledge, and nicest your guide I’ve ever had. 10/10 recommend
star-5
POWERFUL! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Cheryl_T
, Nov 2021
LOVED this tour! Our two guides were so much fun and knowledgeable! Walking through the Catacombs and learning about the history - incredible! Walking through the rooms of bones and their displays and learning of their lessons was very impactful in the messages for how to lead live! Something that I will always cherish and take to heart!
star-4
Definitely a Unique Experience
David_L
, Nov 2021
This tour was an interesting journey into a different part of Roman history that most tourists don’t include in their visits. Alain and Jonathan were both very knowledgeable and had a great way of expressing their passion to the people on the tour. They provided a lot of good background information and explanations along the way. While I wouldn’t say to do this tour over some of the other main sights in Rome if you’re pressed for time and have a short visit, this tour is a great option if you have the extra time and enjoy a unique experience — some may even say a bit macabre, but it really wasn’t with the way it was all presented. We were definitely glad we booked something so unique.
star-5
Catacombs
Mary_T
, Nov 2021
Alan and Max were knowledgeable and fun guides. I would definitely recommend this catacomb and Capuchin Crypt tour!
star-1
Awful
Nicholas_K
, Nov 2021
We missed this tour at 2:30 because our 2 hr Vatican tour (same Viator company) at 11:15 left us when we arrived at 11am to the meeting spot. She would not even give us our tickets that we paid for!!! since we had to check in at an office with hoardes of people waiting in line. We had to book a 11:30 and that guide (same company CAF city tours) took a 3 hours not 2-2.5 hrs and we were trapped since he waited until the end for the sistine chapel. we went ourselves later to Capuchin catecombs and bought tickets to Museum. We travel a lot and plan to travel more. But NeVer again with tripadvisor
star-4
Good tour
Kelley_P
, Nov 2021
I would not call this a small group but it was a good tour. The catacombs were what I initially thought. The ending with the Carpuchin church decorated with bones was hauntingly beautiful. Must see!
star-5
Excellent
Pat_T
, Nov 2021
John is an excellent tour guide, highly recommend, very informative and very knowledgeable, worth the money.
star-4
Great guide
Rachel_K
, Nov 2021
Excellent guide. He was knowledgeable and did a great job staying organized. I didn’t do my research before hand so I’m very happy to have had such a great experience.
star-3
Too many people on the...
Christie_G
, Nov 2021
Too many people on the tour which made the sights feel rushed to visit and also made it uncomfortable from a social distancing point of view. The guide was pleasant however we didn’t appreciate so much humour being used at sacred sights.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Tour
Gary_M
, Nov 2021
Great tour guides. Very interesting stories and they made it quite enjoyable for all! Well organized. Loved it!!

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