The Original Crypts and Catacombs Tour
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The Original Crypts and Catacombs Tour

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Tour Highlights


  • Access to Catacombs of Rome, Basilica San Clemente and The Capuchin 'Bone Chapel'
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Transport between sites in an air-conditioned coach
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • All tickets and reservation fees included




Uncover ancient secrets hidden beneath the surface of modern Rome, including the 'Bone Chapel', a pagan shrine, and subterranean catacombs where early Christians buried their dead and practiced their forbidden faith!

Tour Description

Our tour starts at one of the Roman Catacombs, the Eternal City’s underground burial chambers where long winding passages unfold millennia of history among tombs and inventive handmade memorials, taking you to a time when Christianity was considered a simple cult whose members were executed as pagans and buried as martyrs.

Then it’s on to Basilica San Clemente where the sound of running water drove one clergyman to dig his way through the floor tiles. What he discovered were 'wedding cake' layers of history piled on top of each other so that visitors today climb down to a 4th century church, the 2nd century remains of a Mithraic temple and finally ruins that date back to the Great Fire under the reign of Nero in 64 AD. You'll even see the working aqueduct that led to the excavations in the first place. With ruins reaching nearly 60 feet deep, it makes you wonder what lies beneath the rest of Rome.

Your journey through the centuries ends with a bang at perhaps the most memorable (and certainly the most original!) site we visit on any of our tours in any city – the Capuchin Crypt and Museum. Here the remains of 4,000 Capuchin monks literally rest in pieces. Their remains have been used to decorate the underground crypt with vertebrae chandeliers, real-life skulls and cross-bones and robe-clad skeletons leering from the walls. Morbid fascination or respectful art? You’ll be the judge of that.

Recent changes in the Capuchin Crypt mean that our visits here just got better. With the establishment of a Capuchin Museum we now have access to Caravaggio’s beautiful ‘St Francis in Meditation’, as well as a whole host of artefacts that offer an insight into the life of a Capuchin monk.

Much of what Rome has to offer is buried underground and through this tour – the only tour that takes you to crypts and catacombs from different historical eras in locations across the city – you can discover the true underside of Rome.

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What's included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • 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

Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.


  • 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 far in advance should I book my tour?

    Our tours are very popular amongst visitors to Italy, Paris and London, so we suggest booking your place on them at your earliest convenience. If you are not ready to book yet and have some questions, we would be happy to help over the phone, via email and Live Chat. It is our mission to ensure that you get the most out of your visit!

  • Do you accept last-minute bookings?

    We are happy to accommodate all last-minute bookings - availability permitting. You can check our website for availability, or get in touch with our Customer Care Team directly. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, the tour may be sold out. Perhaps we can recommend something else, or offer you a suitable alternative, so please do get in touch!

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