Catacombs Private Tour in Rome

Visit the Catacombs, Appian Way, and Capuchin Crypts with transportation included

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If you’re looking for a fun, unique and mysterious Rome experience, our Private Roman Catacombs Tour is the perfect choice for you. Explore the Capuchin Crypts, the Catacombs of St. Callixtus and the ancient Appian Way with our expert private tour guide.

Tour Details
  • Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
  • Capuchin Crypt
  • Ancient Frescoes
  • Ancient Appian Way
  • Catacombs of St. Callixtus
  • Drop Off
  • Luxury Transportation

Do you want to experience more of the mystery of The Eternal City on your trip to Rome? See all of this and more by visiting the historic and mysterious Roman Catacombs with our private tour guide. You’ll descend beneath the Eternal City’s well-traveled streets and visit five rooms filled with carefully-placed human bones before seeing Rome's vast set of Catacombs. Roughly 95% of travelers to Rome don't bother to see the Roman Catacombs, instead choosing to visit the Vatican and Colosseum. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a different side of Ancient Roman history!

Private Rome Catacombs Tour Description

Your 3-hour underground tour features: 

  • A private guided tour of the Capuchin Crypts

  • Guided tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus

  • A friendly English-speaking guide

  • Luxury climate-controlled transportation

Since sites on this tour are religious, knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. We know that Rome is hot in summer - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when needed.

Door-to-Door Private Transportation

To make this private tour in Rome even better, we pick you up and drop you off! Using a luxury climate-controlled vehicle, these private transfer services are included for accommodations located in Rome’s city center.

Please reach out to our Travel Experts after booking to let them know where you are staying.

Capuchin Crypts

This ancient crypt or ossuary contains the skeletal remains of approximately 3,700 individuals believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order. The bodies were buried between the years 1500 and 1870, when the Roman Catholic Church permitted burial inside and underneath churches.

Five chapels comprise The Capuchin Crypts; the Crypt of the Resurrection, Crypt of the Skulls, Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones, Crypt of the Pelvises and Crypt of the Three Skeletons. Dimly lit by small fluorescent lamps and natural light seeping through cracks, this crypt is a macabre work of art with walls elaborately decorated by skeletal remains.

Some of the skeletons are still intact and draped in Franciscan habits, while individual bones from other skeletons form elaborate ornamental designs. The Catholic Order insists that the display is meant to be a silent reminder of our own mortality and the fleeting passage of life on Earth.

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 in order to protect the city from invading barbarians. You’ll see the Aurelian Walls up close in our private, climate-controlled vehicle. In addition, you’ll walk a small stretch of the Ancient Appian Way, one of the most important Ancient Roman roads leading all the way to Puglia in Southern Italy. The Ancient Appian Way was where 10,000 slaves were crucified during the revolt of Spartacus. Our private tour guide will bring the history of this ancient Roman road to life with expertise and detailed storytelling.

 

 

What you get with this tour
A private guided tour of the Capuchin Crypts
Guided tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus
A friendly English-speaking guide
Luxury climate-controlled transportation
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Cynthia Stanton

Amanda was fabulous! Her knowledge of the crypts and their history was amazing. We learned so much from her on this tour. Our only concern was she was not able to go down into the crypts with us. They had us in a group of 25 with a guide who had a very heavy accent. He was difficult to understand and he moved us through the crypts at a quick pace, leaving little time to see or learn much about them. Thank goodness for Amanda! She explained everything that we were shown in the crypts, once we joined her again, to give us a clear understanding. Fascinating tour. Highly recommend if there were less crowded underground crypts to visit with Amanda.

Great tour with Amanda
29 September 2019
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Never before have we seen bones hanging on walls in a museum! The catacombs were amazing. Amanda was a fantastic guide who was very knowledgeable. She also gave us a great recommendation for pizza at lunch.

Excellent tour
14 August 2019
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My family loved our tour of the Catacombs. It was a hot day in Rome but a bit cooler underground out of the sun. Our guide was very knowledgeable and really made the history come alive. Can't reocmmend enough

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

This tour includes hotel pickup if you're staying in the center of Rome. Please contact our Travel Experts after booking to let us know where you are staying so we can arrange pickup.

What to bring?

Wear comfortable shoes. In summer, bring sunscreen. In Spring and Autumn bring a light jacket.

I don't see any availability on my date. Help!

If you are trying to make a booking for within the next two weeks, the website will no longer display availability. This is due to the planning process as we want to guarantee that we can organize everything perfectly for you. Feel free to contact us by email or call us toll-free and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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

If you have any doubts about your mobility, please get in touch so we can make sure the activities and and arrangements can be tailored to your needs.

What Catacomb does this tour visit?

Usually the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, although if there is any closure we will substitute with another catacomb site nearby. Please note that the Catacombs of St. Callixtus are typically closed on Wednesdays.

Will we see bones?

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!

Why does my kid 6 or under have to pay? C'mon!

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.

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. In summer, bring sunscreen. In Spring and Autumn bring a light jacket.

Where to meet?

This tour includes hotel pickup if you're staying in the center of Rome. Please contact our Travel Experts after booking to let us know where you are staying so we can arrange pickup.

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