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Small Group: Crypts, Bones & Catacombs - Underground Tour of Rome

Rome is a city that has built and rebuilt upon itself for thousands of years. This incredible tour takes you deep into the layers of Roman history, to uncover the spell-binding story of the city through the ages. Explore the underground cemeteries and temples that once housed many of the city’s dead and its most mysterious cult, a guaranteed thrill for adults and children alike.

The tour starts in one of the city’s most interesting catacombs. The catacomb contains miles of creepy tunnels and the world’s oldest collection of bones. Your expert guide, hand-picked for knowledge of the catacombs, will lead your small group of 18 people or fewer through these wonderfully historic and atmospheric tunnels, while telling you the story of early Christianity. Large groups simply can’t fit into these areas, so take advantage of this truly unique access.

Next, head to one of the most singular and spine-tingling sights in Rome, the Capuchin bone crypt. The cemetery festooned with the bones and remains of some 4,000 Capuchin friars is a jaw-dropping display of life and death. Although it might appear macabre, you will learn why the monks actually consider the display life-affirming.

This tour ends by taking you down into the Case Romane to gape at the extraordinary frescoes that adorn the walls and see the relics of Roman life that were unearthed in these very rooms. With an expert guide to help you decipher everything you see, you’ll feel as if you have stepped back 2,000 years into the height of one of the greatest empires the world has ever known.

With comfortable, air-conditioned transport throughout and a small group of 18 people or fewer, your only responsibility is to immerse yourself in the thrills and wonder of underground Rome. Your expert guides have been hand-picked for this experience based on both their knowledge and love of history. They make the perfect escorts through our eeriest and most mysterious tour.

Experience Includes

  • An incredible 3 hour tour visiting the Roman Catacombs
  • See The Capuchin Crypt, A.K.A . ‘The Bone Chapel’
  • Enjoy special access to the Case Romane del Celio
  • Air-conditioned transport.
  • Small groups of max 18 people.
  • Admission to all sites
  • Expert tour guide.

Experience Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel tranfers
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenirs

Departs

Varies, please see calendar.

Departure location

Please meet in Piazza Barberini, just by the Triton fountain in the middle of the square.

Start times

1.45pm

Duration

Around 3 hours.

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 15 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.
  • Photography is not allowed in the sites visited on this tour, due to their religious nature.