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2 hrs
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9:30 AM
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Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
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Via Veneto
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Crypts and Catacombs of Rome

Explore the tunnels of the largest and the oldest Catacombs of Rome (Catacombs of Saint Domitilla) and visit the mysterious and macabre Capuchin Crypt with a small group (6 people or less) and expert guides. Small groups of 6 people or less, allow you for a much better, personal experience, and allow us to keep our guests and guides safe. The tour is conducted in accordance with the latest COVID-19 Protocol.

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. Over 3700 skeletons were used by the Capuchin monks to decorate this bizarre place. The Crypt was visited by travelers, 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, built and decorated by ancient Roman undertakers nearly 2000 years ago. Catacombs are an underground graveyard that once contained hundreds of thousands of graves.
The Catacombs of Saint Domitilla is the only Catacomb complex in Rome to have an underground basilica dedicated to Saints Nereo and Achilleo. According to the 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.

What you can expect on the Tour of Crypts and Catacombs of Rome

This guided tour is an unforgettable and unusual voyage to Rome’s past.

To understand Rome better, we have to travel into its underbelly, deep beneath the modern streets. You will begin with the fascinating and bizarre Capuchin Crypts. The residence and resting place of an extremely important, yet very enigmatic religious order. Discover a gruesome monument to life and death as you walk beneath chandeliers, canopies, and religious symbols made entirely of human bones.

Your guide will prebook a taxi cab, so when you are finished with the first venue, you do not have to wait for it. We utilize only legal (white cars) taxi services. The cars are regularly cleaned and sanitized.

After a short taxi ride through the heart of Rome and the ancient Appian Way, we arrive at the second venue, the Catacombs of Saint Domitilla.

What you will find absolutely mind-boggling about the Catacombs is the astounding scale of this underground cemetery. The tunnels that stretch for kilometers underground. Your passionate guide will lead you into the heart of the catacombs and draw your attention to the most captivating artworks and artifacts. The Catacombs had been constructed in the second century, and hold some of the oldest sacred artworks in the world. You will cover the most important and the oldest parts of the Catacombs. You will find yourself inside the dark tunnels and burial chambers, surrounded by thousands of graves, and under a watchful eye of your guide, have a fully immersive, Indiana Jones experience.

You will find a taxi waiting for you at the end of the tour to take you back to the center of Rome (Piazza Venezia)

Throughout this tour, you will have the possibility to use restrooms, and visit gift shops. There is a dress code for this tour knees and shoulders must be covered. Photography is not allowed!

Please click here to read COVID-19 Safety Protocol!

Please note that due to the new rules and regulations, and COVID-19 protocol, we may experience some delays. We also might have to visit the Catacombs of Saint Callisto or Saint Sebastian instead of Saint Domitilla. We will advise all travelers of any changes that may occur.

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Meeting time: 9:30 AM
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We meet at 27 via Veneto
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Beginning of the tour at 9:35 AM
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Venue number one: The Capuchin Crypts
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Venue number two: the Catacombs
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Return to the city center
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End of tour Piazza Venezia

crypts and catacombs of rome meeting point

  • English-speaking, expert guide
  • Small groups (6 people or less)
  • Skip the line access
  • Tickets to all venues
  • Transportation
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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 14 reviews
July 19, 2017

Really enjoyed ou guide and his deep knowledge and respect for the venues as well as the insights he provided, but for Rome in general. Would highly recommend this tour to others looking for a unique view of Rome and its deep history.

July 19, 2017

Great experience ,thanks to More of Rome and to our guide Anna. She had full knowledge of the history of the catacombs! We are grateful for an experience we will never forget! We will certainly advise our friends who are going to Rome to book a tour with More of Rome

July 12, 2017

This tour is creepy and fascinating at the same time ( especially the bone chapel) Our guide Paul was wealth of Knowledge, the was he described the things along the way was outstanding!

July 3, 2017

Very unusual, but great experience!
Catacombs and the Crypts were the highlight of all our tours in Rome.

June 28, 2017

We did this tour with our three kids and they LOVED IT! Our Guide Dimitry was very good with them and helped them discover the huge catamobs we visited and the bone chapel in the city center . We all lerned so much!

June 28, 2017

Our guide was fabulous and entertaining . I will recommend More Of Rome tour agency to all my family and friends.The tour are kept under 15 people and it is just great. No crowd and we could talk with the guide and ask questions.
We can’t wait to come back to Rome to book again with More of Rome!

June 26, 2017

Due to our “private” tour it was very special.
Very detailed explanations. We will surely recommend Dmitri and More of Rome.
Also thanks to Emanuela!

February 24, 2017

Fascinating!My friend and I truly enjoyed ourselves. It was clear that our guide was passionate about the locations that he showed us. He provided us with an abundance of information, but it was never overwhelming; if the subject of Catacombs can ever be considered “entertainment,” well, our guide made it so. We were entranced by every detail he introduced us to! The catacombs and St. Clement’s are truly captivating. We are grateful that we happened upon More of Rome—we were planning to tour on our own!—but we would have truly missed out if we hadn’t done this tour. Thank you, More of Rome; we will surely recommend you to anyone we know who travels to Rome.

February 24, 2017

.The tour of catacombs and crypts went smooth from A to Z, it was easy to book, the guide was there on time, driver was incredibly skilled and of course the venues were breathtaking.

December 31, 2016

Our guide was a wealth of knowledge, the catacombs were amazing and the capuchin crypt was an eye-opening experience.

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