Rome Catacombs Tour With Capuchin Crypts
Visit Rome's underground burial sites and Domitilla Catacombs
Visit a 17th-century ossuary, an underground Christian cemetery, and one of the earliest and most important ancient Roman roads. If you’re looking for fun Rome tours, our Roman Catacombs Tour is the perfect choice.
What you get with this tour
What you will see on this tour
- Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
- Capuchin Crypt
- Private Luxury Transfer
- Catacomb of Domitilla
- Ancient Frescoes
- Ancient Appian Way
- Drop Off
Do you want to visit the mysterious Roman Catacombs on your trip to Rome? You’ll descend beneath the well-traveled streets of the Eternal City and witness 5 rooms of carefully placed human bones before visiting one of Rome's most vast set of Catacombs. Did you know that approximately 95% of visitors to Rome don't bother to visit the Catacombs of Rome? Most people choose Rome tours that visit the Vatican and Colosseum while skipping this hidden gem. Don’t miss out on this unique experience! This 3-hour underground tour includes:
- - A guided tour of the Capuchin Crypts
- - Guided tour of the Christian Catacombs of Domitilla
- - A friendly English-speaking guide
- - Luxury climate-controlled transportation
Please note: Because some of the sites on this small group tour are religious, knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women at all times. This dress code is strictly enforced and should you not comply, you run the risk of missing parts of the tour. We know that Rome gets quite hot during the summertime - please consider bringing a shawl/scarf/sweater with you to cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.
This crypt or ossuary contains the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order. They were buried between the years 1500 and 1870, during which time the Roman Catholic Church permitted burial in and under churches. The underground crypt is divided into five chapels; Crypt of the Resurrection, Crypt of the Skulls, Crypt of the Pelvises, Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones and Crypt of the Three Skeletons. Lit only by dim natural light seeping in through cracks and small fluorescent lamps, the crypt walls are elaborately decorated with skeletal remains, making this crypt a macabre work of art. Some of the skeletons are still intact and draped with Franciscan habits. Individual bones are used to create elaborate ornamental designs. The Catholic Order insists that the display is not meant to be macabre, but a silent reminder of our own mortality and the swift passage of life on Earth.
The Domitilla Catacombs
Forming an elaborate maze of underground tunnels, the Christian Catacombs of Domitilla provide a rare glimpse into the earliest practice of Christianity in Rome. Located about 15 minutes outside of Rome and hidden deep underground, the catacombs were created in the second century as a response to the shortage of space for graves in Rome’s city center. These Catacombs on the outskirts of Rome contain the remains of about 150,000 bodies, which are tucked away from visibility.
The Domitilla Catacombs offer the most spine-chilling catacomb tour experience in Rome. Besides the macabre aspects of the catacombs, they are also home to numerous important artifacts. Highlights of the Domitilla Catacombs include a second-century fresco of The Last Supper. As an added bonus, visiting this site on a Rome day tour during the summer provides a much-needed break from the scorching sun.
The Appian Way and Aurelian Walls
Emperor Aurelian built a defensive wall around Rome during the third century to defend the city against invading barbarians. You’ll pass the Aurelian Walls in our luxury, climate-controlled vehicle and see them up close. In addition, you’ll walk a small stretch of the Ancient Appian Way. Leading all the way to Puglia in Southern Italy, the Appian Way is one of the most important Ancient Roman roads. The Ancient Appian Way was also the location of the crucifixion of 10,000 slaves during the revolt of Spartacus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
Piazza Barberini - in front of the Fontana del Tritone. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.
What to bring?
Wear comfortable shoes. In summer, bring sunscreen. In Spring and Autumn bring a light jacket.
Q: Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?
A: We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you may be refused entry to religious sites and miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.
Q: Why does my kid 6 or under have to pay? C'mon!
A: Sorry about this. We're parents too and we understand! Unfortunately, they must be seated due to traffic regulations so they take up a seat in our vehicle. We even bring a car seat for children who require one. If it makes you feel any better, we don't make money off your kids for this tour.
Q: Why doesn't this tour run on Sundays?
A: Via Appia Antica, the road we travel on to access the Catacombs, is closed on Sundays.
Q: Will we see bones?
A: Yes! This tour visits the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione which houses a 17th-century ossuary under it. There you will see the bones of around 4,000 Capuchin friars!
Q: What Catacomb does this tour visit?
A: Usually the Catacombs of San Domitilla, although if there is any closure we will substitute the site with another catacomb site nearby.
Q: I have trouble walking? Is this tour for me?
A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Catacombs Private Tour.
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Great tour, trustworthy company
I heard about this company on a podcast, so booked with them based on that reccomendation. The night before I couldn't find the email with our confirmation so I went to the website and was immediatetly able to chat with an representative who quickly sent me the email again. Good size group, friendly and passionate guide (a little hard to understand his English, but it did not detract from overall experience). Would definitely reccomend!
Highlight of our trip
This tour was the highlight of our trip. Seeing the crypts and catacombs were definitely off the beaten path but gave a nice perspective of what life was like in Ancient Rome. This was perfect, on a hot day, as the catacombs were nice and cool. Our guide was informative and personable. Would highly recommend this,
Informative and slightly spooky tour
I decided to go on this tour to do something a little different from the usual tourist spots. I'm glad we did because it was a very hot July day in Rome and the catacombs were a chilly 65 degrees. This tour surpassed my expectations! The monastery was a little creepy with the bone artwork, but our guide did a great at explaing the significance behind it. I loved the catacomb tour because I felt like I was actually walking in history. Our transports were all air conditioned. Great experience if your not scared of cramped dim spaces, and love learning how the ancients lived!