Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour
- Descend through time at the Basilica San Nicola in Carcere, a 12-century Basilica with a 4th century Basilica in its basement!
- Marvel the chapel made of human bones
- Learn about the Capuchin monks and their burial practices as you see them in front of you
The tour starts in the the Catacomb of Santa Priscilla. This is where ancient Christians were buried when their religion was still outlawed and they were considered enemies of the state. The catacomb contains extraordinary frescoes, miles of creepy tunnels and the world’s oldest depiction of the Virgin Mary. Your expert guide, hand-picked for knowledge of the catacombs, will lead your small group of 18 people or fewer through these wonderfully historic and atmospheric tunnels, while telling you the story of early Christianity. Large groups simply can’t fit into these areas, so take advantage of this truly unique access.
Next, you’ll head to one of the most singular and spine-tingling sights in Rome, the Capuchin bone crypt. The cemetery festooned with the bones and remains of some 4,000 Capuchin friars is a jaw-dropping display of life and death. Although it might appear macabre, you’ll learn why the monks actually consider the display life-affirming.
Finally, you’ll visit one of Rome’s hidden treasures, Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere. It is a voyage both below ground and back in time, but this basilica is so much more historically important. It was built in the 10th century on the site of three temples dating back to the first century BC, which themselves were at the heart of an Ancient Roman fruit and vegetable market dating to the 4th century BC. Much of the original temples, including their marble columns, were built into the structure of the existing basilica but left exposed, so when you visit today you can literally descend through the levels of time.
- Professional guide
- Transport between sites in an air-conditioned minibus
- Gratuities (optional)
- Pick-up and drop-off
Know Before You Go
Timings and Availability
Morning Tour at 9:00 AM
- 01 May 2018 - 31 October 2018 Daily
Afternoon Tour at 2:00 PM
- 01 March 2018 - 31 October 2018 Daily
Known Blackout Dates: Morning Option: 15 August 2018 Afternoon Option:15 August 2018
A dress code is required for entry into some of the sites on this tour. Ensure that your knees and shoulders are covered.
- Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
Strict Cancellation Policy
These tickets cannot be amended, rescheduled or refunded.
You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. You can display the voucher on your mobile device along with a valid photo ID at the venue.
Children below the age of 14 years need to be accompanied by an adult
San Nicola, which is the last site that you will be taken to visit, is subject to closures 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.
Photography is not allowed in the sites visited on this tour, due to their religious nature.