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
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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

Location:
Roma, Italy
Country:
Italy
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
November to March
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
April to October
Daily
Highlights:
Small-group tour by minibus
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Skip the line
All entrance fees included
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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

Visit

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

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Skip the Line Access
  • 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

Exclusions

  • 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
  • Not recommended for those who are effected by claustrophobia
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 20 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

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

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

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
Our guide was a history student with a terrific sense of humor. On the 80° day the Crypts were very cool which increased the experience of being deep underground. The tunnels seemed endless.
• Submitted 10 Oct 2019
Our tour was excellent. We got to visit the less travelled but incredibly interesting sites of Rome. This tour included and air conditioned coach which took us from one location of Rome to another. This ride was welcome since we walked everywhere whist on our own in Rome. Our tour guide Devan was excent, funny and informative. It wasn't the type of tour that you felt that you were flooded with so much information that you tune out. Unique and relevant facts were peppered with jokes and sarcasm which made for better retention of knowledge and not feeling overwhelmed but more entertained. Well done Devan!
• Submitted 10 Oct 2019
Awesome. As advertised. 100% would repeat. Buses had AC and tour guides full of knowledge. Alot of info to absorb
• Submitted 23 Oct 2019
Our guide Lucca was excellent. The catacombs and the churches built on top of each other were fascinating. Group was about the right size. Transportation was excellent. Drop off point not so much.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
Both Sean and Barbera were extremely knowledgeable on every aspect of this tour and even with young kids and the tour going for roughly 4 hours they kept them interested and made it a very educational and well worth it tour. Thanks again highly recommend
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
Barbara was our tour guide for this experience. She provided excellent information on the catacombs and crypts. My husband and I enjoyed this tour very much.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
This tour was so fun and informative. The guide was great. The Crypts and Catacombs were amazing. The history behind it all spectacular.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
Nice tour and nice tour guide.. I would recommend .. as always I would recommend your company allow more time in the museum
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
Sylvia was knowledgeable and engaged and this was one of the best tours we did in Rome. These are locations that are difficult to get to easily and quickly without a guide and she was great.
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
This was a great tour filled with interesting facts. The tour is somewhat creepy but you get to understand what happened during that period of time. If you are into historical facts, I would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 25 Sep 2019
The tour was great. We enjoyed the museum and the church visits very much and the crypts were awesome. Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2019
The tour was great and our guide Ana Maria was awesome. So glad that we booked this tour. Thank you for the wonderful memories.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
This tour exceeded our expectations and well worth it! We were impressed by the knowledge of historical facts. Divan was mazing!
• Submitted 18 Sep 2019
This was so different the any of the other tours. Our guide was fabulous. The catacombs were so interesting. We also visited the Basilica of San Clemente which was incredible. It's a 12th century church, built on a 4th century church, on top of a 2nd century church, all on top of a 1st century church. So amazing. The crypts were the last stops and mind-blowing. Full of bones and amazing history of the Franciscans. They did not enforce the dress code of knees and shoulders being covered.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
I used Viator for all my tours in both Rome and Sorrento. The tour guides are so knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend any of their tours!!
• Submitted 12 Sep 2019
Our guide Migli made the tour of the crypts and the catacombs so interesting and fun. Migli was extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. This was the tour choice of my 18 year old son and we all were a bit skeptical but it was awesome. For a tour that is not your typical Roman ruins we highly recommend this tour and Migli!
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
Organisation was very good and definitely a trip worth taking. Excellent opportunity. Our guide Anna Marie was energetic and engaging.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
Jon was our guide and he was excellent. You will be lucky if you get him. He was well informed, interesting, and funny. The tour is quite interesting....seeing all the skulls at the first stop is beautiful and disturbing. The catacombs are fascinating. You will learn a lot about the history of Rome on the tour. There is a good amount of walking involved so if you have mobility issues, beware.
• Submitted 22 Aug 2019

In Brief

Location:
Roma, Italy
Country:
Italy
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
November to March
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
April to October
Daily
Highlights:
Small-group tour by minibus
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Skip the line
All entrance fees included