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Catacombs After Hours– Small Group Tour

This world-first walking tour takes you into the Catacombs after closing, introducing you to one of Rome’s most important cities of the dead. Discover the chilling Capuchin ‘Bone’ Chapel, decorated with the remains of some 4,000 deceased monks. A wonderful exploration of early Christianity in Rome and Ancient Roman beliefs surrounding death and the afterlife that informs as much as it thrills.

Become one of the first people ever to explore the Roman Catacombs after normal closing hours when you descend in the Catacombs of San Sebastiano to learn the history of Roman burial rites and early Christianity.

Your tour starts in the Capuchin Crypt, better known as the “Bone Chapel”, because it is festooned with the mortal remains of some 4,000 deceased monks. As you take it all in with your small group of 18 people or less, your expert guide will explain the monks’ interesting beliefs on life and death which have motivated the creation of such a macabre memorial.

Afterwards, you’ll hop on a private, air-conditioned minibus and head to the Catacombs of San Sebastiano. The bodies might be gone, but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel a thrill of excitement as you become one of the first people to descend into the Catacombs after closing since the era of Imperial Rome. Because you’ll be there after closing time, you’ll have the gloomy passageways to yourself and you won’t have any trouble hearing your guide as they tell you the dark stories of the birth of Christianity.

After your Catacombs visit your private transport will drop you back to the point where you met in central Rome, convenient for the metro and restaurants.

Experience Includes

  • Exclusive after-hours entrance to Rome Catacombs.
  • Tickets for Capuchin Crypt & Museum.
  • Visit the eerie Capuchin Bone Chapel to see the bones of 4,000 friars made into wall decorations.
  • Private, air-conditioned transport.
  • Small groups of max 18 people.
  • Expert tour guide.

Experience Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel tranfers
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenirs

Departs

Varies, please see calendar.

Departure location

In Piazza Barberini, just by the fountain in the middle of the square.

Duration

2 hours, 30 minutes.

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • This tour has a maximum capacity of 18 guests.
  • Sites on this itinerary include holy places, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. It is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.
  • Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers.
  • Photography is not allowed in the sites visited on this tour, due to their religious nature.