Roman Catacombs and the Appian Way: Early Christian Tombs, Bones and More

With your Expert Guide Federica, explore the 2000 Year Old Catacombs, Bones of the Capuchin Crypts and the Great Ancient Highway

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What is a Virtual Guided Tour? It is not virtual reality. It is a licensed guide led webinar packed with photos, videos, polls and a fully interactive chat function which makes this anything but a lecture video. There is also a live Q&A at the end satisfying all your questions about Ancient Rome, Early Christian History and Art or your next Italian vacation. Whether you’ve never been abroad or spent every summer in Italy, enjoy this exciting, interactive experience from the comfort of your home.

Tour Details
  • Live from Rome!
  • The Rome of the Dead
  • Interactive Polls and Quizzes, Fun for Everyone
  • Chat with Your Guide in Real Time
  • The Bones of the Capuchin Crypts
  • The Catacombs of Domitilla
  • Early Christian Art and The Last Supper
  • The Appian Way

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Did you know the Roman Catacombs are nearly 1,500 years older than those of Paris? Why would an order of priests create elaborate structures from the bones of their departed brethren? Can you imagine being able to drive in 2020 on a highway created by the ancient Romans? Join us on an interactive journey through the Catacombs of Rome and the Appian Way. This 60 minute experience includes:

-An Expert Local Guide, Federica, Live from Rome!

-Live Q&A with your Guide

-1 Hour Interactive Online Experience

-Live Chat Feature throughout the Tour

-All tours are listed in EST (Eastern Standard Time)

Capuchin Crypts

The home of the Capuchin Friars, the Crypts are located under the Church of Saint Mary of the Conception of the Friars (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini). Below you will enter and find the remains of 3.700 Friars buried by their order between 1500 and 1870. Since then the bones have been transformed by the order of monks into elaborate macabre structures. The crypts are divided into six chapels whose names are self-explanatory, the 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. Though most of the Roman Catacombs are not full of visible bones and structures, the Capuchin Crypts provide that welcomed creepiness.

The Domitilla Catacombs

Normally you would need a car or van to take you out to the Catacombs which are located about a 15 minute drive from Rome's city center. Built during the early second century, they were built to alleviate the shortage of graves in Rome. They were also built outside the city as a more sanitary way to bury the dead. The Catacombs are a maze of underground tunnels miles long. Luckily on the virtual tour with your guide Federica, you do not have to worry about getting lost. Explore the ancient burial grounds that also acted as a safe haven for Early Christians who would practice their faith in the Catacombs to avoid persecution. In the Catacombs, the Early Christians also painted incredible frescoes including one of the earliest known depictions of The Last Supper. Though it much smaller than Da Vinci's representation, it is an amazing site to see.

The Appian Way and Aurelian Walls

Two of the best preserved displays of Rome's might are the Appian Way and the Aurelian Walls. The Appian Way led from Rome all the way to Southern Italy where boats led to Greece. This ancient highway was arguably the most important road in Ancient Rome and was an important trade route for centuries. It was also where Spartacus and his 10,000 supporters were crucified, suppressing future slave revolts. See the in tact 2,000 year old road and awe over the marvel that was Roman roadbuilding. After the year 275, if you were taking the Appian Way into Rome you would have been stopped by the giant Aurelian Walls guarding the city. The walls replaced the nearly 500 year old Servian Walls that were no longer adequate. For many in Rome at the time, the walls represented weakness as they believed the city would never be attacked. Learn how the Aurelian walls were able to protect the city for another 2 centuries before the fall of the Western Empire.

What you get with this tour
An Expert Licensed Art History Guide
Live Q&A with your Guide
1 Hour Interactive Online Experience
All tours are listed in EST (Eastern Standard Time)
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5/29/2020
Wonderful Tour!

I really enjoyed this tour and I look forward to doing more in the future. Our guide was great!

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Kasandra Hadzima
5/25/2020

Five stars! Federica excellent!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Online, exact instructions will be sent upon booking

What to bring?

A strong internet connection and a good cup of coffee or cappuccino!

What age group will be best suited for this experience?

We welcome those of all ages, though Caravaggio's paintings and life can be a bit graphic for younger kids

Where to meet?

Online, exact instructions will be sent upon booking

What to bring?

A strong internet connection and a good cup of coffee or cappuccino!

Do I need to download a separate program or anything?

No, we will send you the link to access the experience upon booking with all instructions

Do I need a webcam / Microphone? Will other people be able to see me/hear me?

No, if you would like to interact you are welcome to but no one will see your camera or hear you speak unless you'd like to in the Q&A portion but that would be only audio. Your privacy is very important to us.

Can I cancel?

Virtual Tours are nonrefundable, but are transferable with 1 hour advance notice

What are the minimum computer requirements?

All you need is access to the internet, laptop or ipad are recommended for screen size. Casting to a TV should work as well

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