Rome Catacombs Tour and Capuchin Crypts with Transportation

Skip the line and explore a creepy underground world of Roman tombs and crypts with an expert guide

Travel Flexibly 4.9 / 5 See All 310 Reviews · 3.00h · Rome, Italy

Looking to experience the darker side of Rome’s history? This catacombs tour takes you underground to the eerie tombs beneath the Roman streets, where your expert local guide will re-create the origins and stories of this unique site--all transportation included between sites. You'll explore the crypts of notable popes and martyrs who were entombed. You’ll also visit the historic Appian Way and the Capuchin Crypts—decorated with the bones of some 3,700 friars. Eek!

  • Eerie underground tombs
  • Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
  • Capuchin crypts
  • Christian catacombs
  • Ancient frescoes
  • Catacombs of St. Callixtus
  • Ancient underground basilica
  • Secrets of the ancient tombs
  • Ancient Appian Way
  • Private transportation
  • Loculi burial system
  • Skip the LIne

Make your way to the Piazza Barberini in central Rome, where you’ll meet your guide holding a sign in front of the fountain (Fontana del Tritone). Along with a small group of up to 15 people and your engaging guide, you’ll board your air-conditioned vehicle to the entrance of the catacombs, around 20 minutes away. Along the way, you’ll pass the historic Appian Way as your guide tells stories of the slave crucifixions during the revolt of Spartacus. At the Catacombs of St. Callixtus you’ll skip the line and get straight into exploring the creepy underground tombs, ancient artwork, and the incredible human bone displays at the Capuchin Crypts.

Rome Catacombs Tour Description

This 3-hour tour includes:

  • A guided tour of the Capuchin Crypts

  • A guided tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus

  • Visit to the ancient Appian Way

  • A fun, English-speaking guide

  • Private, climate-controlled transportation between sites (about 25 minutes to St. Callixtus)

We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise the catacomb management might refuse entry to religious sites and you’ll 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.

Capuchin Crypts and Bones

This medieval crypt contains the skeletal remains of some 3,700 human 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 six 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 Catacombs of St. Callixtus

Along the Appian Way is where the first cemeteries of Rome were built. It’s here that you’ll stop to see the above-ground cemeteries of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus. Then it’s time to head underground to see extensive network of burial sites at one of the most popular catacombs in Rome.

Over time, these catacombs became the coveted burial place as prominent martyrs and pontiffs were laid to rest here. Your guide will lead you to the crypts filled with popes from the third century as well as an area with impeccably preserved paintings.

The Catacombs of St. Callixtus are typically closed on Wednesdays and sometimes close on other days too. Not to worry though, your guide will take you to another incredible catacombs site if your tour lands on one of these days.

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 your 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.

This road was also the location of the crucifixion of 10,000 slaves during the revolt of Spartacus. Thankfully, you won't see any crucifixions today, but your guide will retell the story for you and make it come alive.

What you get with this tour
A guided tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus
A guided tour of the Capuchin Crypts
Visit to the ancient Appian Way
A fun, knowledgeable English-speaking guide
Private, climate-controlled transportation between sites
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The tour was well planned and the explanation was really well done.

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Erika Putnam

We had Gabriel as our tour guide, and he was absolutely fantastic! So glad we picked this tour!

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Emily Trout

This tour was really helpful and provided a bus between the two locations. The guide was charming and lovely however the tours themselves are guided by an audio guide or by a tour guide at the location. I'd take this tour again!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Wear comfortable shoes for this walking tour. In spring and autumn, we recommend bringing a light jacket.

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

No hotel pickup is included on this tour. You’ll meet your guide at the designated meeting point.

Where does this tour end?

After visiting the catacombs and crypts, your driver will return you to central Rome at Piazza Barberini where your tour started.

Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?

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.

What to bring?

Wear comfortable shoes for this walking tour. In spring and autumn, we recommend bringing a light jacket.

Why do I have to pay for my child who's under 6 years old?

Since this trip includes transportation, all passengers on the tour must be seated for safety and legal reasons. That means a young child takes up the same space as a youth or adult. For peace of mind, we can bring a car seat for children who need one, so please let us know in the comment box on the order confirmation page.

What catacomb does this tour visit?

This tour visits the most popular catacombs at St. Callixtus where most of the early popes were buried over the centuries. On most Wednesdays and some other days, these catacombs may be closed and your tour will visit another incredible catacombs site instead.

Can I visit the catacombs at night?

Absolutely! Check out our VIP Rome Catacombs Night Tour with Capuchin Crypts.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour? 

If you have any doubts about your mobility, we suggest taking a Catacombs Private Tour so your needs can be better accommodated.

Will I see bones?

Yes! This tour visits the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione which houses a 17th-century ossuary underneath. There you will see the bones of around 3,700 Capuchin friars!

Can I take photos inside the Catacombs?

No. It is not permitted to take photos either in the Catacombs or in the Cappuchin Crypts.

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