Crypts and Catacombs and Dark Heart of Rome Tour
Experience the eerie and dark history of Rome, as you stroll through the centuries-old catacombs and crypts beneath the ancient city and listen to some of the most sinister tales of ghosts, murders and treachery. Enjoy a guided tour of the Basilica San Clemente and the spooky Bone Chapel as you are treated to legends and tales surrounding Rome.
- Explore the Catacombs of Rome, the Basilica San Clemente and the Bone Chapel at your own pace with a professional guide accompanying you.
- Discover the darkest and most gruesome tales of Rome in this guided tour.
- Enjoy a relaxing air-conditioned ride between each attraction with a maximum of 20 people per group.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This
Over 40 catacombs exist in Rome, and some have only been discovered in the recent years. The labyrinth of tunnels and passageways snake beneath the city and were once a haven for Christians practicing their religion, away from the prying eyes of Nero and his followers. Basilica San Clemente is a minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement I. On hearing the sound of running water, the priest and his brothers decided to chisel away at the structure to find the source of the sound. A few years later, they discovered pieces of Roman history; a 5th-century church, a 4th-century cult temple, and an ancient aqueduct under the church.
The Capuchin Crypt houses nearly 400 skeletal remains of monks, and is supposed to be a reminder of mortality and the swift passage of life on Earth.
The tour begins from the ancient Roman Catacombs. The sombre crypts give you a peek into the lives of people during the 2nd and 3rd centuries. The guide will outline the ghastly crimes committed by Nero, who had banned Christianity during this era. You can see several examples of early Christian artwork, which includes frescoes and sculptures from before 400 AD.
Next is a visit to the Basilica San Clemente, where you will hear the story of a priest driven made by the sound of running water. The interior of the church is spectacular, with gorgeous frescoes on the ceiling and intricate artwork on the altar. Finally, you will descend to the old city hidden under the church and find the ancient aqueduct that plagued the priest.
You will then visit the Bone Chapel or the Capuchin Crypt, which is lined with the skeletons of over 4000 monks. Witnessing empty eye sockets staring at you is undoubtedly one of the most haunting experiences of your life. After this, you can either enjoy a scrumptious Italian dinner (not included in the ticket) or explore the area yourself. As the sun sets over the glorious city of Rome, your eyes will be treated to one of the most picturesque sights.
The second part of the tour will take you across the Tiber river into the more ancient parts of the city, as your guide recites tales of murder, executions and treachery. These legends will surely send a chill down your spine, and the storytelling prowess of the guide will heighten your experience. Finally, you will be led to the home of the most notorious murderer of Rome and the bridge where the ghost of the female Pope is believed to reside.
- Expert, English-speaking guide
- Small groups of 20 people or less
- Tickets for the Catacombs of Rome, Basilica San Clemente and The Capuchin ‘Bone Chapel’
- All transfers in an air-conditioned coach ( Only for Crypts & Catacombs Tour)
- Guided storytelling tour of Rome’s historic center
Know Before You Go
Tuesday to Sunday at 2.30 PM. Guided tours of Crypts & Catacombs and Dark Heart of Rome last 3.5 hours and 1.5 hours respectively, with a break in between. No transfer is provided.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
How To Use Your Tickets
You will receive an email confirmation with your Crypts and Catacombs and Dark Heart of Rome ComboSaver Tour Ticket voucher instantly. No need to print. Just show the voucher on your mobile device along with a valid photo ID at the meeting point of the tour.
In the center of Piazza Barberini, by the large Triton (Tritone) fountain.
How to get there
By metro: Line A, stop Barberini on the red line
The ticket is valid only for the date and time for which you’ve scheduled the booking.