Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour
from USD $84.55
Descend into the chill of Rome’s mysterious underworld with Skip-the-Line access to three of the city’s strangest discoveries. Unmask a new side to the Eternal City as you explore the eerie Bone Chapel, adorned with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks, and the Christian Catacombs, a series of hidden tunnels where early Christian’s practiced their forbidden faith. Then travel beneath the Basilica San Clemente to discover layers of ancient foundations offering an insight to civilizations long fallen.
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In Brief

Roma, Italy
3 hours 30 minutes
November to March
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
April to October
Important InfoInfo
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Stop At: Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, Via Vittorio Veneto 27, 00187 Rome Italy

Escape the noise and heat of Rome as you explore its cryptic past on the city’s longest running crypts and catacombs tour. Beat the heat with air-conditioned travel and Skip-the-Line access directly down into cool, shadowed spaces that hide layer upon layer of history.

First, you’ll visit the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this secret network of tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs carved out of solid rock, your guide – a local, expert English-speaker – will relate the fascinating history of this sacred spot.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Basilica of San Clemente, Via Labicana 95, 00184 Rome Italy

From here, the coach will whisk you within sight of the Colosseum, to the Basilica of San Clemente. To descend below this structure is to move backwards through time. You’ll travel through the remains of 12th and 4th century basilicas, a 2nd century cult temple and ruins dating as far back as AD 64, when Emperor Nero watched the city burn. Incredibly, the ruins include an aqueduct that still works, after lying buried for centuries.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Catacombe di Santa Domitilla, Via delle Sette Chiese 282, 00147 Rome Italy


Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Museum and Crypt of Capuchins, Via Vittorio Veneto 27, 00187 Rome Italy

Your final destination is the Capuchin Crypt. Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate this somber space in intricate floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of ‘the Bone Chapel’. Your guide will tell you the theories, but it’s up to you to draw your own conclusions about 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.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Skip the Line Access
  • Group of 22 people max
  • Entry/Admission - Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica of San Clemente
  • Entry/Admission - Catacombe di Santa Domitilla
  • Entry/Admission - Museum and Crypt of Capuchins


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Fontana del Tritone, Piazza Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required for entry into some of the sites on this tour. Knees and shoulders must be covered
  • No photos can be taken inside the venue during the tour
  • Please note this tour involves a fair amount of walking, as well as a large number of stairs, comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This activity is not suitable for people who suffer from claustrophobia
  • Not recommended for those who are effected by claustrophobia
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Matteo was well informed and enthusiastic. The tour was focused and well organized although slightly longer than advertised because of traffic. The catacombs, San Clemente and Capuchin Crypt were fascinating.
• Submitted 31 Jan 2020
The guides were great They imparted so much information. They enhanced the experience greatly. Well worth the time to see the catacombs and basilica.
• Submitted 30 Jan 2020
We did the catacombs in Paris and were expecting to see the same type of thing. The catacombs in Rome are vast. The history as to how the catacombs came to be was fascinating. There are not walls of bones and skeletons since invaders raided it. But what you see is fascinating.
• Submitted 29 Jan 2020
Really interesting and very knowledgeable tour guides, Serena and inti are exceptional in their professionalism And friendliness :)
• Submitted 21 Jan 2020
The Crypts and Roman Catacombs tour was a highlight of our trip to Rome. The tour guides provided the historical background for each of the three visits which helped put these unusual sights in perspective. We particularly enjoyed the drive along the Appian Way and the visit to the Basilica San Clemente!
• Submitted 16 Jan 2020
Great tour and awesome guide. We had Monica as our tour guide. She was fun and full of great information. The Catacombs were absolutely amazing.
• Submitted 14 Jan 2020
Informative and interesting tour led by experienced guides, Alessandra and Monica. We loved the three places we visited, especially St Sebastian's
• Submitted 13 Jan 2020
This was the first tour I did after I landed in Rome. Our guide, Jon was great, and this is a great 'off the beaten path' tour. Highly recommend for history lovers and those looking to do something a bit different in Rome.
• Submitted 30 Dec 2019
We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Jon was knowledgable and good humoured. Everything was organised and times well. Lots of good facts and stories we would never have know without Jon. Thanks for a great afternoon.
• Submitted 17 Dec 2019
The tour was well organized from start to finish. Sean was our guide and we shared the transportation with another group. Their guide was Divan. It was nice that on the way to the catacimbs one gave commentary and on the way back, the other. My favorite part was the catacomb portion because of the history behind it. I chose this tour based on the fact that it is different than others plus I was with my daughter and she likes morose stuff. Personally, I think the crypts are gross and just plain weird that anyone would go out of their way to decorate a church with body parts of over 2,000 people but that’s my opinion. Our guide(s) was knowledgeable and fun. If you like this sort of stuff, this tour will not disappoint. Oh, my daughter says she saw a ghost at the end of our catacombs tour so maybe you’ll experience a paranormal siting too! Enjoy
• Submitted 09 Dec 2019
This was the theme of the tour! Who would of known how much of Rome is built upon Rome! Our guide was passionate about his knowledge and it showed in his enthusiasm!
• Submitted 04 Dec 2019
Monica was a great tour guide. Very knowledgable and funny. Enjoyed every minute of it. The catacombs were very interesting but scary. I can see how people could get lost in there.
• Submitted 03 Dec 2019
Our guide Barbara was very informative and you can tell she is passionate about her job. I loved that we got to see both the Franciscan catacombs AND the Roman ones outside the city. Very eerie and disturbing but oddly beautiful. Wonderful tour!
• Submitted 27 Nov 2019
our guides Swan and Igni were awesome, and the tour itself offered great opportunity to experience another, quite unfamiliar, side of Rome. would definitely recommend! note: the last venue of the tour is quite scary, borderline very disturbing, for kids and folks sensitive about body parts, skeletons etc, be advised.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2019
Not your typical tour, but so interesting. You feel like you get to explore places your might not have otherwise known about. Our guide really fleshed (sorry for the pun) out the story of each place and gave insight into what life was like for people of different eras.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2019
The Crypts and Catacombs tour is well worth the money spent. Our tour guide, Camilla (Cami) was a wealth of knowledge of the history of the Capuchin monks, both Pagan and Christian burial sites in the Catacombs, as well as many other aspects of the Franciscan order. The Capuchin Chapel is very interesting with the bone decor and the history related to it and them. We also went to a stunning church that looked very mundane from the outside, but showed the "lasagna" of Rome, down to a Roman road. Part of the tour is taken by bus, so don't be scared away by the idea that it's a walking tour.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2019
Andrea made this tour, his knowledge of the sites we visited was excellent and he imparted that knowledge in a way that was easily understood, it was fascinating. I can highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
The Crypts and Catacombs tour was just what we were looking for. It's a part of Roman history that is maybe not in the guide books and not as well known. Our guide, Camilla, was just terrific with lots of info and anecdotes. The tour worked out perfectly, since the day we took it was fairly rainy in Rome, but most of our time was spent inside. The bus transportation was wonderful; I'm not sure how we would have gotten to the museum outside the Aurelian walls without this tour. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
Sean did a wonderful tour. We stepped back into history from centuries ago--amazing! The bones are not for the faint of heart, but each of the sites was fascinating in a different way.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
Serena and Andrea were an amazing team of historians who enthralled us with the descriptions and explanations of those deep down under religious and sacred grounds. Unfortunately for me, the amount of steps was overwhelming and I had to excuse myself at the Capuchin Crypt. Perhaps describing the amount of steps needed to climb in these exhibits would be helpful for those who have some back or knee issues. (my only criticism)
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
Divan ,our guide was passionate, knowledgeable and super friendly. This tour is outstanding. He gave such a great description of what we were looking at. This was my favorite tour with my favorite guide. Explanations he gave showed us a greater understanding of the catacombs. He clearly explained the history and artifacts.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
Ente (not sure of spelling) our guide was excellent, informative and fun. Tour was well organised at the meeting spot and during the tour with buses etc. This was one of our highlights of Rome. Our teens enjoyed it too.
• Submitted 22 Oct 2019
Diwan had a good way to explain and keep his group interested in history. We learned a lot more than expected.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
Anna Marie was a fabulous guide. she was interesting, entertaining, and full of history. We enjoyed her tremendously and her passion for the subject was great. The tour was full and made some great stops. The Bones rooms were fantastic. I would highly reccommend this tour for anyone.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2019

In Brief

Roma, Italy
3 hours 30 minutes
November to March
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
April to October