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Crypts and Catacombs and Dark Heart of Rome ComboSaver Tour

Ancient ruins, macabre crypts and catacombs buried deep beneath the dark heart of the empire - hidden beneath Rome’s modern streets bustling with people, shops and museums, lies dark and sinister secrets –executions, murders and perhaps a few hauntings. Join us on an eerie adventure where we leave no burial stone unturned.

Highlights

Visit the chilling Capuchin ‘Bone Chapel’

Descend below the 12th century Basilica San Clemente

Explore the ancient tunnels of the Catacombs of Rome

Free time on own to explore or enjoy an authentic Italian dinner

Expert, English-speaking guide to accompany you throughout

Small groups of only 20 people or fewer

This tour is divided into two parts. Between the first and the second part there will be some free time

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Your experience

Delve into Rome’s strange and eerie history. Layers below the bustling city streets and deep within the dark heart of the capital lay centuries-old crypts and catacombs. See three of the most unusual and mysterious sites with your expert local English-speaking guide whose narration will bring the Eternal City’s dark and sinister side back to life.

Venture into the Eerie Roman Catacombs

We begin this ancient ghost tour in the 2nd century Roman Catacombs. An exhaustive spider web of tunnels which snake beneath the city, these macabre passageways were once the hiding places of early Christians who practiced their taboo religion in their shadowy safety. At the time, Nero banned the newly-forming faith and tortured and killed anyone found worshiping it. Here in the hidden haven the first Christians held celebrations and buried their dead.

Discover the Mystery Under Basilica San Clemente

The tour continues to the rarely-visited 12th-century Basilica San Clemente. Hear the tale of the priest almost driven mad by the sound of running water no one else seemed to hear. Several years and countless hours sledge-hammering the solid structure later, he and his brothers discovered layers of Roman history buried beneath. Now you have the chance to tour through a 5th-century church, a 4th-century cult temple and descend ultimately to the original 1st-century street level where you’ll discover the ancient aqueduct that had plagued the once-peaceful priest.

Explore the Macabre Capuchin 'Bone Chapel'

Finally, we creep over to the Capuchin Crypt, or ‘Bone Chapel.” Lined with the skeletal remains of over 4,000 monks, see the empty eye sockets of history staring back at you from the craggy walls and ceilings. Stand in front of a real skull and crossbones, cower beneath vertebrae chandeliers, and crouch beside fully enrobed skeletons as you ask yourself whether what you have witnessed is priceless art or dark arts. Either way, it is an experience that might haunt your dreams forever.

Enjoy an Authentic Italian Evening Meal

We’ll then allow you some free time to enjoy an authentic Italian dinner or to continue to explore the area on your own (if you dare). Watch as the vibrant colors of the city glow in the golden hours of sunset. But as darkness descends, Rome shines in a new and wondrous way - each window sparkling like the stars high above them. From the Middle Ages to the Inquisition, the Renaissance to ancient mythology, with our expert English-speaking storyteller, you will cross the Tiber and into cobblestone piazzas, listening to tales of murders, intrigue, executions, and treachery. Then stand in awe before the home of the most notorious murderer Rome has ever known before visiting the legendary bridge where the ghost of the female Pope is thought to take residence.

Experience the Dark Side of Rome in Smaller Groups

With an intimate group of only 20 people or fewer, let your imagination run wild as you are treated to the tales of gore and ghouls, grounded in genuine history. This is Rome’s crypts and catacombs, but only City Wonders can truly resurrect their gruesome grandeur.

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Inclusions

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

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Know Before You Go

Timings

Tour operates every day at 2:30 PM.

Sites Visited

Catacombs of Domitilla, San Callisto or San Sebastiano (inside visit)

The Basilica of San Clemente (inside visit)

The Capuchin Crypt and Museum (inside visit)

Seen from the outside: Campo dei Fiori, Tiber River, Castel Sant'Angelo

Important Information

Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.

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Super Flexible Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund.

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Where?

Piazza Barberini, Rome

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