The Original Rome Capuchin Crypts and Catacombs Tour
Peel off the many layers of Rome as you go underground to discover the ancient city. This unique tour showcases how Rome developed through the ages and how many historic sites can be found below the foundations of the Eternal City.
- Take a step back in time on this fascinating tour of the eerie Christian Catacombs, the Capuchin ‘Bone Chapel’ and the Basilica of San Clemente.
- Descend into the underground halls of the Catacombs and discover frescoes, iconography and burial places decorated with thousands of skeletal remains.
- Head over to the Basilica of San Clemente and admire forgotten 4th-century frescoes and a mysterious 2nd-century Oriental shrine.
- Gawk at the Capuchin Bone Crypt decorated with skeletal remains of over 4,000 friars.
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach from one site to another.
This tour of the Rome Capuchin Crypts and the Catacombs runs twice daily, 9:45 AM and 2:30 PM.
The 9:45 AM tour visits the following:
- The Capuchin Crypt aka ‘The Bone Chapel’, and Museum
- San Sebastiano Catacombs
- Case Romane del Celio
The 2:30 PM tour visits the following:
- Catacombs of San Sebastiano, Domitilla or San Callisto (depending on the opening times)
- The Basilica of San Clemente
- The Capuchin Crypt and Museum
While both tours visit the catacombs and the Capuchin Crypt, the morning tour additionally goes to Case Romane del Celio while the afternoon tour visits the Basilica of San Clemente.
For a long time, the Catacombs of Rome have been one of the best kept secrets of the city. On this tour, you will explore the vast network of tunnels that were created over 2,000 years ago to bury the first Roman Christians. unveil several stories and legends that stem from the Catacombs. An expert guide will lead you through the labyrinthian corridors and unveil several stories and legends that surround the frescoes and iconography seen in the Catacombs.
The Capuchin Crypt and Museum
Your visit to the Capuchin Crypts and Museum will introduce you to St. Francis' religious ideologies and help you understand the significance of skeletal remains used as decorations in ancient Christian traditions. The highlight of the Capuchin Crypt is the Bone Chapel - an ornamental decoration that was made using the mortal remains of over 4,000 Capuchin friars.
Case Romane del Celio
The Case Romane del Celio is an underground excavation of the 3rd-century villa of a wealthy patrician family. Today, the site is located under the church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo and dates back to the 2nd and 4th century AD. Case Romane del Celio has over 20 rooms, each decorated by stunning wall frescoes that have survived with astonishing clarity.
The Basilica of San Clemente
Uncover the layers of Rome at the Basilica of San Clemente. Situated next to the Colosseum, the basilica reflects the Roman spirit of reusing ancient buildings and monuments. The church is built on top of a forgotten 4th-century basilica. This 4th century ruin contains the first reference of vernacular Italian written in the world. And that's not it, there's another layer of Rome buried beneath the basilica. The 4th century ruins themselves were found sitting above a mysterious 2nd-century Oriental shrine.
- Transport between sites
- Admission to all sites
- Professional English-speaking tour guide
- Air Conditioned Mini Bus
Know Before You Go
San Nicola, which is the last site we visit, is subject to closure during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will run an alternative itinerary including other sites. The End point, in this case, may vary, however, it will always be centrally located.
This tour takes place twice daily - 9:45 AM & 2:30 PM - and lasts for approximately three and a half hours.
Morning Tour - The tour begins at the Capuchin Crypt and then heads to the Catacombs, before finishing at Case Romane del Celio.
Afternoon Tour - The tour begins at the Catacombs and then heads to Basilica of San Clemente, before finishing at the Capuchin Crypts.
This tour is available in English only.
Stops on this itinerary include religious sites, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Failure to do so will result in denied entry.
Photography is not allowed in the sites visited on this tour, due to their religious nature.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
Ricardo was a brilliant guide, had a few guided tours in Rome and he explained everything with great detail and passion???
We can't say enough about this tour: cheapest tickets, perfect timing to beat the crowds, perfect highlights of the catabombs and crypts and bones, excellent rather superb guide
Everything about this tour was very efficient, and we got our tickets off of Headout. It was a lovely experience and the website was very helpful
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