Private Crypts and Catacombs Tour
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Private Crypts and Catacombs Tour

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Tour Highlights

  • Visit the Roman Catacombs, Basilica San Clemente, and the Capuchin 'Bone Chapel'
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Transportation between sites by air-conditioned coach
  • All tickets and reservation fees included


Descend beneath the surface of modern Rome to explore its hidden secrets – like the 'Bone Chapel', the Roman Catacombs where Christians worshipped in secret, and below Basilica San Clemente, built over an ancient cult temple. Your private guide will unveil it all!

Tour Description

Your Tour, Your Way

You decide who tours with you and your own private guide. Our Private Tours are priced for up to 2 people. If you want to bring more family or friends, you can easily increase the number of participants when you book your tour and the price will adjust automatically.

This private tour takes you far below the bustling Italian capital deep into Rome’s eerie and little-known macabre history. Walk past countless sunken eye-sockets as the skulls of ancient monks watch you from the bone-lined walls and revel in the tales of how these dark and sinister subterranean tunnels came to be. Not experienced on your typical tour, enjoy three hours of mystery and marvel with your expert local English-speaking guide.

Discover the Path Once Taken by Refugees

Traverse a network of shadowy tunnels in the 2nd Century Roman Catacombs. Formerly a refuge for early Christians seeking a safe site to practice their forbidden faith and bury their deceased, this was the only safe sanctuary they had away from Nero’s violent regime.

We then cross over to the area where the famed Colosseum is located. Here rests the 14th Century Basilica San Clemente, a chapel which nearly drove the resident cleric mad with the sound of running water no one else seemed to hear. Your tour guide will entertain you with a tale like no other, culminating with a priest and a sledgehammer, a broken floor and an unbelievable discovery of layers of history churning beneath the surface. Here he found a 5th Century church, a 4th Century cult temple and a 1st Century Roman street and ancient aqueduct which answered the audible mystery that had wreaked water torture with his mind for so many months.

Uncover The Dark Tales of the Bone Chapel

And for the most macabre of them all, we venture towards the Capuchin Crypt – or “Bone Chapel.” Here the Capuchins lined the walls and ceilings of their underground abode with the bones of 4,000 monks. Stand in awe (or awe-struck) beneath a vertebrae chandelier, shudder before a real skull and crossbones, and see the scary spectacle of robed skeletons still standing guard.

Forbidden or fascinating, you be the judge. This is your private tour, tailored to you and your eerie interests. See the side of Rome others walk above unbeknownst to them. A dark and sinister side that’s as frightening as it is captivating. You won’t be disappointed.

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What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance ticket to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum
  • Entrance ticket to the catacombs
  • Entrance ticket to the church and undergrounds of Basilica San Clemente
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned coach bus

Sites Visited

  • Catacombs of Domitilla, San Callisto or San Sebastiano
  • The Basilica of San Clemente
  • The Capuchin Crypt and Museum

Important Notes

Please note that none of the venues visited on this tour permit photography. Also, please note that appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.


  • I have mild/moderate claustrophobia, is this tour claustrophobic?

    Yes. Please note that the Crypts and Catacombs are located in small, dark areas , with narrow paths and low ceilings. As the venues are underground there are no windows. We do not recommend this tour if you are claustrophobic.

  • How do I make an amendment to a booking?

    To amend your booking, please contact our Customer Care team by phone or email. If you have booked your tour through a third party distributor, please contact them directly to amend your booking.

  • How will I recognize the guide?

    Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition and holding a sign with the tour name.

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