Discover the imperial and early Christian Rome by digging back layers and millenniums of history as you descend into the Eternal City’s underground burial chambers!
This tour takes you to the crypts and catacombs of Rome from different historical eras in diverse locations and with varying styles. Enjoy an exclusive viewing at the Capuchin Crypt, one of the world’s creepiest crypts. You will come across a series of chapels decorated with bones of monks who had a death wish. If you have the nerve, see these morbid patterns form baroque decorative details from rings of knucklebones and garlands of pelvises, to walls made from stacked skulls.
Also see the ancient Christian prayer and burial ground, the Domitilla Catacombs with amazing frescoes in some of its burial chambers. You will also visit the ancient Church of San Clemente which dates back to the 4th Century.
The tour starts in the centre of Piazza Barberini by the Triton fountain in the city of Rome. You will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach from here and accompanied by your tour guide visit the crypts and catacombs of Rome.
Tour starts from Domitilla Catacombs, the Eternal city’s underground burial chambers where long winding passages unfold millennia of history, taking you to a time when Christianity was considered a simple cult whose members were executed as pagans and buried as martyrs. You will see paintings on the walls of Nereo y Aquileo
Tour continuous to Basilica San Clemente where the sound of running water drove one clergyman to dig his way through the floor tiles. It was built on the site of an ancient 4th century church, built over an even older Roman house containing Christian artefacts and a pagan temple with ruins reaching 57-feet deep.
Your journey through the centuries ends with a bang at perhaps the most memorable site we visit on any of our tours – the Capuchin Crypt. Here the remains of 4,000 Capuchin monks literally rest in pieces. Here you have the opportunity to skip the queue and enjoy an exclusive viewing of the Crypt.
The tour ends at the Basilica of San Clemente which is situated very close to the Colosseum.
We really enjoyed this tour. Mike the tour guide was witty, upbeat and really knew his stuff. Loved that he really understood and enthused about art. His love and obvious...Jennie-Marie Sanson
A glimpse of the amazing historic foundations of Rome and the stories of those who built and used them. The tour guide provided fascinating information about these ancient...Mr Richard F Sims
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour! Our guide Rebecca was very knowledgeable and had an excellent presentation skill to get us all engaged. Looking at skeletons and crypts was a scary...Joseph SM Tsui
01 Apr 15 - 31 Oct 15: Daily
Duration: 3.5 hours
The Roman Catacombs tour starts from the centre of Piazza Barberini by the Triton fountain. You can take metro to Barberini (Line A) or bus (60, 61, 62, 71 and 415).
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at the Basilica of San Clemente situated very close to the Colosseum
Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will be refused entry if you fail to comply with dress code requirements.
Clients must arrive at the designated meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time and present their tour voucher to the tour coordinator/guide. Late arrivals will not be able to catch up with the group and no refunds will be given for those who arrive after departure time.
Proof of age required on the day of the tour for those paying child rates.
Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for those with mobility problems.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
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