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Combo Saver Tour

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

(5,775 Reviews)
8.3 h.

  • Visit the chilling Capuchin ‘Bone Chapel’
  • Descend below the 12th century Basilica San Clemente
  • 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 Clemente 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 (inside visit)
  • The Basilica of San Clemente (inside visit)
  • The Capuchin Crypt and Museum (inside visit)
  • 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

Tour the many layers of history beneath the 12th century Basilica San Clemente. Here a once-peaceful priest was almost driven mad by the sound of running water. Many years and countless layers of sledge hammering later, he and his brothers discovered an original 1st century Roman street and aqueduct beneath the edifice, ending his audible torment. You’ll descend through a 5th century church and a 4th century cult temple on the way down to the watery retreat.

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.


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A Dark Rome tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

With Dark Rome it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make Dark Rome so special