Rome Catacombs Tour With Capuchin Crypts

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

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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 tell of the origins and stories of this unique site. You'll explore the crypts of notable popes and martyrs who were entombed in what was once Rome's most active burial site. You’ll also visit the historic Appian Way and the unique Capuchin Crypts—decorated with the bones of some 3,700 friars. Eek!

Tour Details
  • 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
  • Loculi burial system
  • Ancient Appian Way
  • Lush Roman countryside
  • Private transportation

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 (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
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28 September 2022
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Morgan Schaper

We loved our tour and our guide, Fiona, had so much knowledge about the crypts and the related history

26 September 2022
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Christopher Curran

Great guide!!
24 September 2022
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Michael Johnson

Elionora was an excellent guide. Great tour!!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Meet your friendly guide in central Rome in front of the Fontana del Tritone at Piazza Barberini. A representative will be there holding a sign with The Tour Guy name on it.

What to bring?

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

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.

Where to meet?

Meet your friendly guide in central Rome in front of the Fontana del Tritone at Piazza Barberini. A representative will be there holding a sign with The Tour Guy name on it.

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.

Why doesn't this tour run on Sundays?

Via Appia Antica, the road we travel on to access the Catacombs, is closed on Sundays.

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!

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.

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