Rome Catacombs Tour With Capuchin Crypts

Visit Rome's underground burial sites and Domatilla 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.

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While we are mostly riding around the sites, Catacombs and churches will involve walking up & down the stairs.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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Catacombs
Do you want to visit the mysterious Roman Catacombs on your trip to Rome? 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. Did you know that approximately 95% of visitors to Rome don't bother to visit the Roman Catacombs? Most people choose Rome tours that visit the Vatican and Colosseum while skipping this hidden gem. Don’t miss out on this unique experience! 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.
 

Capuchin Crypts

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, making this crypt a macabre work of art. Some of the skeletons are still intact and draped with Franciscan habits. Individual bones are used to create elaborate ornamental designs. The Catholic Order insists that the display is not meant to be macabre, but a silent reminder of our own mortality and the swift passage of life on Earth.

 

The Domitilla Catacombs

Forming an elaborate underground maze of tunnels, the Christian Catacombs of Domitilla provide a rare glimpse into the earliest practice of Christianity in Rome. Located about 15 minutes outside of Rome and hidden deep underground, the catacombs were created in the second century as a response to the shortage of space for graves in Rome’s city center. These Roman Catacombs contain the remains of about 150,000 bodies, which are tucked away from visibility.

 

The Domitilla Catacombs offer the most spine-chilling catacomb tour experience in Rome. Besides the macabre aspects of the catacombs, they are also home to numerous important artifacts. 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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