Semi-Private Tour of Rome’s Crypts and Catacombs
Explore the tunnels of the largest and the oldest Catacombs of Rome (Catacombs of Saint Domitilla) and visit the mysterious and macabre Capuchin Crypts with a small group (7 people or less) and expert guides. Small groups allow for a much better, personal experience.
What you can expect
Meet your guide at 27 Via Veneto, a very central location, just a short walk from Barberini metro station. On this guided tour, we visit two venues; Capuchin Crypts (Bone Chapels) and the Catacombs of Santa Domitilla. The transport is provided, and the cost is included in the price of the tour.
At each venue, your guide will accompany you to the box office and help you purchase your tickets. We spend approximately 50 minutes inside the Catacombs of Domitilla, and approximately 30 minutes in the Capuchin Crypts. The tour operates in one language only, English.
The transfer itinerary lies through the very heart of ancient Rome and is very scenic. Your guide will give you a few minutes of free time, at each venue, to purchase souvenirs and/or use the facilities. The tour will end around 12:30 p.m. at 27 Via Veneto, the start point of the tour.
What is The Capuchin Crypt
Capuchin Crypt is often referred to as the Bone Chapel. It’s a series of 6 chapels, 5 of which are fully decorated with human bones, remains of the Capuchin friars, but not only. The Capuchin monks used over 3700 skeletons to decorate this bizarre place. The Crypt was visited by travellers, and writers like Mark Twain, Marquis De Sade, and Charles Dickens, and vividly described in their travel notes and memoirs. Macabre yet holy, dark yet peaceful an absolute must-see.
What are the Catacombs of Rome (Catacombs of Saint Domitilla)
Imagine a labyrinth of tunnels two times longer than the corridors of the Vatican Museums, dug and decorated by ancient Roman undertakers nearly 2,000 years ago. Catacombs are underground graveyards that once contained hundreds of thousands of bodies.
The Catacombs of Saint Domitilla is the only Catacomb complex in Rome to have an underground basilica. According to tradition, the body of Saint Peter’s daughter St. Petronilla had been buried there as well. In addition to that, the Catacombs boast some of the most impressive sacred artworks from the times of the Roman Empire.
Meet your guide in front of the entrance to the Capuchin church, at 27 via Veneto.
- English-speaking, expert guide
- Small groups (7 people or less)
- Skip the line access