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
On this tour, 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. 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.
The Domitilla Catacombs
Forming an elaborate maze of underground tunnels, the Christian Catacombs of Domitilla are the largest Catacombs system in Rome. The Catacombs are located about 15 minutes outside of Rome's city center and were created in the second century as a response to the shortage of space for graves in Rome’s city center. These Catacombs contain the remains of about 150,000 bodies, which are tucked away from visibility.
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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Catacombs & Capuchin Crypts
Our guide Francesca M. was amazing. Full of facts/extremely knowledgeable and kind. I had no idea the Capuchin Crypts existed. They are a must see.
Our tour guide Loretta was wonderful! Highly recommend this tour. Very informative while also fun. Overall experience was excellent!!
Must do tour
My husband and I have traveled to Rome before so we wanted something different away from the tourists on this trip. We chose this tour because it sounded so different and boy are we glad that we did. First, let me say that our guide was just phenominal. She was able to explain everything perfectly and did so in a way that the youngest (a girl ~10 years old) and the oldest (65+) could understand perfectly. I have never in my life seen anything as creepily fascinating as the Capuchun Crypts and while I suppose you could go there alone, it's far better to go on a tour. The Catacombs were fascinating as well. It's a great way to learn about Roman society and on a hot day (we were there during 40 degree C weather...ugh...) its a pleasure to be underground in the cool catacombs. All in all this was a great experience. I would highly recommend it!