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The Original Rome Capuchin Crypts and Catacombs Tour

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3 hrs 30 mins

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 fascinating tour of Romes’ famous catacombs, crypts, and buildings.
  • Explore the narrow, dark alleys of the Catacomb of Santa Priscilla as you discover ancient tombs.
  • Gawk at the Capuchin Bone Crypt that is decorated with thousands of bones.
  • Walk through the many layers of Basilica San Clemente.
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Your Experience

The tour will begin at one of the most well-preserved and private catacombs – the Catacomb of Santa Priscilla, one of the earliest underground Christian cemeteries, dating back to 150 years before Christianity was even legalized. You can also marvel at the oldest pictorial depiction of the Virgin Mary here. You will then move on to the Capuchin Bone Crypt that has been adorned with thousands of human bones. Your professional guide will help you descend to the depths of the crypt along with the rest of your group while you are regaled with stories of the crypt and and it's fascinating history.

You will also visit the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere, built in the tenth century on the site of three temples that themselves date back to the first century, the exposed marble and columns of which are still visible at the structure today. You can explore the crypt that will lead you to the depths of the church, passing stacks of bone fragments and time itself as you climb lower still, discussing the history of the Basilica and its stint as a Medieval prison. It's an unforgettable experience you cannot miss!

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  • Transport between sites
  • Admission to all sites
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Air Conditioned Mini Bus
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Know Before You Go

Important Information

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 starts at 2:30 PM and lasts for approximately three and a half hours. It is available every day of the week.

Guide Languages

This tour is available in English only.

Meeting Point

The meeting point is located at in the center of Piazza Barberini, by the large Triton (Tritone) fountain.

Dress Code

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.

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Super Flexible Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

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Ratings & Reviews
Out of 5
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Stephen Cull
Reviewed in February, 2019

Ricardo was a brilliant guide, had a few guided tours in Rome and he explained everything with great detail and passion???

Shelia Bush
Reviewed in April, 2018

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

Donald Barnes
Reviewed in April, 2018

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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My Tickets

You will receive an email confirmation with your mobile voucher instantly. Please display your vouchers on your mobile device along with a valid photo ID at the meeting point of your tour.

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Piazza Barberini, At the Tritone fountain located at center of the square, Roma

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