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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From EUR 62.10

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Discover Rome's hidden delights and quirky sites on a 3.5-hour walking tour of the underground catacombs, Capuchin Crypt and the Basilica of San Clemente. The intriguing tour showcases the best of Rome's underground attractions, such as the crypt made from Capuchin monks' bones and the Domitilla Catacombs where early Christians worshiped in secret. Finish with a visit to Basilica of San Clemente to see a church like no other, and marvel at the centuries of history displayed through its architecture.

Highlights

  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included
Meet your guide at Piazza Barberini in central Rome, and stroll to the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione to discover the Capuchin Crypts. Start by entering the crypt’s museum to see an incredible Caravaggio painting – St Francis in Meditation – as well as other relics about St Francis (Italy’s patron saint), and then head into the jaw-dropping crypts. From its arched walls to the picture frames that hang upon them, the chapel is made entirely from human bones. The mesmerizing display was created by the Capuchin monks who used the remains of their departed brothers to decorative effect.

Hear the history and then head back above ground to stroll to the Appian Way. One of the world’s longest roads, it’s also known for being home to the catacombs – nearly 186 miles (300km) of underground tunnels that were used as burial chambers by Rome’s early Christians. Skip past any entrance lines and go below ground with your guide to visit the largest one – Domitilla Catacombs (Catacomb di Santa Domitilla) – and marvel at the treasures that lie deep beneath the city. Christianity was once banned in Rome and so the catacombs provided a peaceful sanctuary where they could worship. Marvel at the Christian wall paintings and see an underground 12th-century church, too.

Head back above ground and walk to your tour’s final highlight, the Basilica of San Clemente. A one-of-a-kind church, the basilica actually comprises three buildings – from the12th centuries – each built on top of the other. Skip the lines outside and as you explore with your guide, you’ll see different slices of Rome’s history, noting how the architecture gets grander in each building. Admire magnificent Renaissance and 11th-century frescoes and pose for pictures under an eye-catching mosaic.

Your tour finishes inside the Basilica of San Clemente, and you can stay longer if you wish to soak up the splendor of the church at your own pace.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Piazza Barberini, central Rome
Departure Time:
2:30pm (meet strictly at 2:15pm)
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at Piazza Barberini

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Pricing information

Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour

Inclusions:
  • Entrance fees: Capuchin Crypt, Domitilla Catacombs and Basilica di San Clemente
  • Skip-the-line entry to Domitilla Catacombs and Basilica di San Clemente
  • Professional guide
    Exclusions:
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    Additional Information:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A dress code is required for entry into some of the sites on this tour. Knees and shoulders must be covered
    • No photos can be taken inside the venue during the tour
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    Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: daae3, November 2016

    Valentina was a fabulous guide. The catacombs and Basilica were interesting, but the star was the bone church.

    Reviewed by: Matthew M, United States of America, November 2016

    Escellent!