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Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel Visit

Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel Visit

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Descend into the chill of Rome’s mysterious underworld on the city’s longest running crypts and catacombs tour. Travelling in an air-conditioned coach, you’ll skip the line into three of the city’s strangest discoveries.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the eerie Capuchin Crypt, decorated with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin Monks
  • See a painting by Caravaggio and relics from the life of St. Francis at the Capuchin Museum
  • Explore the Basilica San Martino ai Monti and see the Chapel of Our Lady of Carmel
  • Enjoy a stress-free experience with skip-the-line entry at all three sites, and transfer between them in air-conditioned luxury
Full description

Discover Rome's hidden layers of history beneath its streets. Travel by an air-conditioned coach and use skip-the-line access directly into three fascinating archaeological finds. Visit the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this network of secret tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs made of solid rock, your local expert guide will describe the intriguing history of this sacred spot.

Next, travel to Basilica of San Martino ai Monti. Dating back to the 4th century, this church is located near the edge of the Parco del Colle Oppio. Admire the stunning frescoes by artists such as Pietro Testa, Matteo Riccione, and Giannangiolo Canini that adorn the church walls, and see the Chapel of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. Finally, visit the Capuchin Crypt. Capuchin monks used the bones of their nearly 4,000 brothers to intricately decorate the floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of "the Bone Chapel." Your guide will tell you the theories, but ultimately you will decide on the meaning of the crypt’s robed skeletons and vertebrae chandeliers. Open your eyes to the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.

Includes
  • Tour as per description
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Admission to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum
  • Admission to the Catacombs
  • Admission to the Basilica San Martino ai Monti
  • All transfers by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

Meeting time: 14:15 Departure time: 14:30 Meet in the center of Piazza Barberini, by the large Triton fountain. Piazza Barberini is located at the metro stop Barberini on metro line A (red line).

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, hills, and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Regrettably, guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated. Strollers or baby carriages must be left at home.
  • Entry into churches requires that you follow a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. The tour operator cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.
  • Please note, from August 6th 2021 all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 to present a COVID-19 green certificate in Italian or English and an ID, proving that they are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine), or that they have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48 hours, or that they have recovered from COVID-19 (with a PCR or antigen test result) at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1031 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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This is an excellent tour to take when visiting Rome! It's a bit different than the usual tourist attractions, but well worth it. We met our tour guide at a Piazza in Rome. There we were divided into two groups, as there were two tour guides. We boarded a bus and drove maybe 20 minutes to the first catacombs a little outside the city. After this tour we headed back into the city for a visit to a church and then ended with the Bine Chapel visit. The walkways in the crypts are very tight, so people with claustrophobia or other space issues, may want to reconsider taking this tour. The guides did offer to get anyone out, should this become an issue. I found this tour to be highly informative and a great part of our visit to Rome! I can highly recommend this tour!

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October 20, 2021

Loved the tour! Team Devon was awesome, very enthusiastic about each part of the tour, in fact both guides seemed to enjoy their jobs, and it showed. The side visit to a church (can't remember the name) was a hidden gem, and of course the catacombs too! However, the bone church stole the show!

August 13, 2021

This tour was fantastic. Our guide Eivin (I hope I spelled that correctly) was adorable. He was cracking jokes the whole time while also being knowledgeable, passionate and informative. You can tell he loves Rome and loves being a guide. These locations are once in a lifetime experiences, and I highly recommend it! Wear comfortable shoes, and know there is a lot of walking in tight spaces.

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August 4, 2021

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