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Combo Saver Tour

Dark Rome Combo Saver: Crypts and Catacombs plus Ghosts Mysteries and Legends of Rome

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8.3 h.

  • Visit the chilling Capuchin ‘Bone Chapel’
  • Discover the Basilica of San Martino ai Monti
  • Explore the ancient tunnels of the Catacombs of Rome
  • Free time on own to explore or enjoy an authentic Italian dinner
  • Expert, English-speaking guide to accompany you throughout
  • Small groups of only 22 people or fewer
  • This tour is divided into two parts. Between the first and the second part there will be some free time

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 22 people or less
  • Tickets for the Catacombs of Rome, Basilica San Martino ai Monti and The Capuchin ‘Bone Chapel’
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned coach (only for Crypts & Catacombs Tour)
  • Guided storytelling tour of Rome’s historic center
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Catacombs of Domitilla, San Callisto or San Sebastiano
  • The Basilica of San Martino ai Monti
  • The Capuchin Crypt and Museum
  • Seen from the outside: Campo dei Fiori, Tiber River, Castel Sant'Angelo
Away from the bustling streets, below the tour-trodden museums, lay a different, more sinister side of Rome. Discover the macabre histories of the skull-adorned Capuchin ‘Bone Chapel’, the 2nd century Catacombs of Rome and the layers of history beneath the 12th century Basilica – including a 5th century church, a 4th century cult temple and a 1st century Roman street and aqueduct.

Explore the Drake Side of Rome

Explore deeper into the dark heart of Rome, uncover its secrets and enjoy as your expert local English-speaking guide brings these haunting sites to life. Let your imagination travel back in time to a city that burned people at the stake, vastly different from the gilded Renaissance and modern high-fashion of today. See Rome as you never knew it before (or ever dared to).

Dating back to the 2nd century AD, slink and slither through the snake-like network of hidden tunnels where early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. This was the time of Nero where Christianity was outlawed and infidels were tortured and brutally executed. See the strange and shadowy place of refuge where these brave congregations hosted celebrations and buried their dead.

Uncover the History that Lies Beneath

Discover the ascent Basilica of San Martino ai Monti built in the Carolingian era. Look at the relics of Saints Artemius, Paulina and Sisinnius under the main altar of this stunning and less-known landmark; stroll around its columns and  admire the wonderful frescos painted by famous artists such as Pietro Testa, Giannangiolo Canini and many others.

Embark on the truly eerie with a visit to the Capuchin Crypt, otherwise known as the ‘Bone Chapel.’ Here the walls and ceilings are lined with the skulls and bones of over 4,000 monks. See as history quite literally stares back at you and stand in awe below a vertebrae chandelier, so chillingly beautiful it might haunt your dreams forever.

Venture on Your Own

With an intimate group of only 22 people or fewer you will also have time to venture off on your own. Dine on authentic Italian cuisine or brave further explorations of the ominous area. The choice is completely yours. Then rejoin the group as you cross the Tiber to the house of the most notorious murder Rome has ever known and ultimately on to the bridge rumored to be haunted by the ghost of the female Pope.


Important Notes

Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 years old to present valid ID and certification proving that you have either:

  • Been vaccinated with an EMA or AIFA approved vaccine (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna);
  • Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
  • Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;

The certification will only be accepted if issued by an approved issuing body of the following countries: EU, Schengen Zone, Canada, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, and the USA, in either digital or paper format. They must be presented in Italian, English, French, or Spanish. For more information, please refer to the following website:

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