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Roman Catacombs, Capuchin Crypts, & Basilica of San Nicola Guided Tour

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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.


  • Visit three iconic landmarks all on the same day for an inside peek at Rome's history. Travel comfortably in an AC coach vehicle.

  • You'll be accompanied by an expert English-speaking historian guide, who will give insider tips and information.

  • Visit the eerie Christian Catacombs, the Capuchin ‘Bone Chapel’, and the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere.

  • At the Catacombs, discover frescoes, iconography, and burial places decorated with skeletal remains.

  • Uncover the ruins of ancient temples beneath the Basilica of San Nicola and admire the Forum of Holitorium, an ancient vegetable market.

  • Gawk at the Capuchin Bone Crypt decorated with skeletal remains of over 4,000 friars.


  • Half-day guided tour of Roman crypts and catacombs

  • Expert English-speaking tour guide

  • Small groups of 16 people or less

  • Entry to Museum and Crypts of Capuchins

  • Audio guided tour of the Museum and Crypts of Capuchins

  • Entry to Roman Catacombs

  • Entry to Basilica of San Nicola

  • All transfers in an air-conditioned coach bus

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.


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Guests from United States, Australia, France and over 18 countries have loved this experience
Kassandra Tappe



Jul, 2024

Vanessa our guide was amazing she was very knowledgeable , her English was great , we well understood . She always gave heads up what is next ! Really loved it
Chrysoula Georgiadou



Jul, 2024

I loved the crypts, really creepy! And Alan or else "Jesus" was a good and a fun tour guide, he knew a lot of stuff and left no questions unaswered, I recommend him!
Staša Borović



Jun, 2024

The guides were both very nice and very professional. I liked all three attractions: Catacombs of St. Domitilla Flavia, Church of San Niccola in Carcere (ex temples of Juno, Spes and Janus) and the Crypts of the Cappuccin friars. The tempo was appropriate and the bus transport comfortable with good air conditioning. No problems with tickets or finding the guides.
Jeffrey H Wolsky



Jun, 2024

We recently took a fantastic tour that left us thoroughly impressed and eager to recommend it to others. Francesca, our guide, was nothing short of amazing. Her extensive knowledge and charming demeanor made the experience both enlightening and enjoyable. One of the highlights was exploring the bones and catacombs. Francesca's detailed explanations brought history to life, making the visit truly fascinating. The catacombs, kept at a cool 58 degrees, provided a refreshing break from the heat of the day. The tour bus was very comfortable and new, enhancing the overall experience. The short distance between stops made the journey easy and pleasant, while Francesca's informative commentary kept us engaged throughout. Our last stop was particularly memorable: a remarkable church with three churches built on top of one another. This unique site was a testament to the rich history and architectural wonders we explored. The tour concluded in a fantastic foodie area, ideal for a delicious dinner. It was the perfect ending to a day filled with discovery and enjoyment. Overall, this tour was outstanding. From Francesca's exceptional guidance to the fascinating sites and comfortable transportation, every aspect was top-notch. Highly recommended for anyone looking to explore and enjoy!
Justine Geertruida Crucq



Jun, 2024

It was a quiet tour with bus travel. The guide was very passionate but sometimes difficult to follow. In addition, there was another large group of very loud Germans who were annoying. We highly recommend this tour if you do not want to walk too much (and are not afraid of the dark, haha)
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The sacred Christian catacombs

On a private AC bus, you'll visit the extensive Christian Catacombs, dug out of the ground some 2000 years ago. Follow your historian guide through the network of sacred tunnels associated with the first Christians in ancient Rome. Descend into the labyrinthian corridors carved into the soft volcanic rock as you discover intriguing iconography, fascinating frescoes, and breathtaking burial grounds.

Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere

Below the altar of the church, discover the Forum Holitorium. Nestled along the Tiber, this historic market bustled with commercial and religious activities in ancient Rome. Wander its streets, tracing the path of triumphal parades, and explore temples like the awe-inspiring Temple of Janus and the sacred Temple of Juno Sospita. Here, you can admire the resilience of ancient columns and stunning frescoes standing tall through fire and flood.

The Capuchin crypts

Head next to the Capuchin Museum: an attraction that houses Caravaggio’s painting of St. Francis and many artifacts from their history of creating altruistic projects around the world. Lined along the rear end of the museum is the unique Capuchin Crypts: the resting places of 4000 Capuchin Friars, whose bones were used in the European tradition of Momento Mori (decorative features to imbibe a sense of detachment from life!)

What's not allowed

  • Photography is not allowed in the sites visited on this tour, due to their religious nature.

Additional information

  • Please note that the endpoint for this tour can be either Piazza Barberini or at the exit of San Nicola in Carcere.

  • Tours inside Capuchin Crypts will be with audio guides instead of a guided tour as per new rules imposed by the Capuchin Crypts.

  • Stops on this itinerary include religious sites, and attire must be appropriate for the visit.

  • Strict Dress Code: 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.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your guide.

  • If you have purchased reduced price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification. Students must show their valid Student IDs.

  • Kindly ensure that you arrive 20 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

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