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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 tour guide
  • Air Conditioned Mini Bus
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Know Before You Go


This tour starts at 2:15 PM and lasts for approximately three and a half hours. It is available every day of the week

Meeting Point:

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


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. End point in this case may vary, however it will always be centrally located.

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. We cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. It is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.

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

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Moderate Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 72 hours in advance for a full refund.

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Ratings & Reviews
Out of 5
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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

Edward Henderson
Reviewed in April, 2018

The catacomb literally gave me goosebumps all over, I was horrified to see the eerie Christian cemetaries from that old! Definitely worth it

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My Tickets

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

Your tour is only valid for the date selected at the time of booking.

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Piazza Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy, Roma

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