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 the earliest and most important ancient Roman road. If you’re looking for fun Rome tours, our Roman Catacombs Tour is the perfect choice.
- 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 underground 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 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 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. The Domitilla Catacombs contain thousands of burial plots, where the remains of Ancient Romans were once located.
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.
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4.95 / 5 based on 42 total reviews
Our guide was Michelle and he was fabulous- so knowledgable and told good stories not just the bare bones of the information- very entertaining. The earpiece and radio worked perfectly and were comfortable- we travelled in 2 minibuses and could still hear Michelle as we travelled and he continued with his commentary. The minibuses were clean and comfortable to travel in. The group was 11 people and that made it easy for staying together through the tour. It was a fascinating tour - maybe not the most cheerful of subjects but really interesting. A thunderstorm and heavy rain as we walked on the section of the Appian Way just added to the atmosphere 😅Highly recommend.
Amanda was fabulous tour guide!
Ok, who knew you could make death so interesting....? But Amanda really did! We had a fabulous morning touring the Capuchin crypts and Catacombs outside of Rome. Enjoyed learning so much early Roman history and about the Appian Way also. Highly recommend this tour - ask for Amanda!
Best tour we did with Roman Guy!
Our guide (name was Frederica or Felippa, can't remember) was amazing. Knowledgeable, spoke clearly, was interesting throughout. Seeing the bones displayed artistically was amazing and set the tone for a cool tour. My fiancé wasn't too keen on this day until after that he was hooked. Seeing the underground catacombs was really cool too, I loved that it was a small group and we still had headsets (that actually worked really well for this tour). Would've been 5 star but last portion with tiny bit of Appian way and a woman's castle/monument on it didn't feel like they went with the rest of the tour and could've been cut out. Love the amount of detail the Roman Guy gives to get to meeting point, but they should tell us where we will end a tour to allow for planning.
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.