Roman Catacombs & Bone Chapel - Small Group, Skip-the-line - Rome

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:40am, 1:40pm
  • Departure Details :
    In front of Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, church located at Piazza della Repubblica, Metro station REPUBBLICA (Line A)
  • Return Details :
    The tour ends at the Capuchin Crypts, Piazza Barberini, Metro Barberini (Line A)Your guide will be more than happy to help find your way around after the tour.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Follow your guide into the realm of death: fascinating Necropolis of Rome! On this 3.5-hour tour (Am or PM time slots are available) you will explore: Roman Catacombs, Capuchin Bone Chapel and famous Time Machine Church. Your group will not be larger than 15 people, transportation, tickets and skip the line access are included in the price.Highlights Off the beaten path, you will find very little information in the guide books See ancient Christian and Pagan places of worship Admire ancient Christian frescoes in the Catacombs Learn about the Capuchin Monks, and why they chose human bones to decorate their crypts Enjoy the ride on an air-conditioned coach Escape the heat of Rome inside the catacombs Small Groups, maximum 15 people Passionate English-speaking guides Skip-the-line access to all venues

Know More about this tour

You have two options available Morning 8:30am and Afternoon 1:30am for this tour.

Meet your guide at the designated meeting point, and after a brief check-in you will get on the coach and head off to the first venue: one of the largest and oldest Christian burial sites - Catacombs of Saint Callixstus (San Callisto), located outside the city walls, along the Appian Way (Via Appia) the oldest paved road in the world.
The ride to the Catacombs is approximately 30 minutes and it's a city tour in itself. As you ride through the center of Rome, the guide will describe the churches, piazzas and monuments and will make sure to point out any highlights or points of interest, seen from the bus.

Upon your arrival to the Catacombs, head underground with your expert guide. You will travel through a labyrinth of tunnels and burial chambers of this underground cemetery. The nickname of this burial complex is"Little Vatican" because numerous early Popes were buried there. Admire ancient frescoes that date back to the III century AD including the earliest depiction of Jesus Christ in the west, visit the crypt of Popes (16 Popes were buried in the catacombs) and learn about life and death in ancient Rome.

At the end of the tour of the catacombs you will have some free time to use the restrooms, take photos or buy souvenirs.

After the break we get back on the coach and head to the next venue: Time Machine Church (Saint Clement's Basilica). Saint Clement's Basilica is a perfect slice of Archaeological Lasagna where there are multiple levels and excavation sites under the same roof. Your guide will take you deep beneath the busy streets of Rome. At this venue you will explore four levels of ancient Rome, going as far as 1st century AD. Your guide will give you an insight into life of Romans, and bring the ruins to life with the expert commentary. At Saint Clement's you will visit a church built in IV century, II century pagan temple and a I century residential building.

The third venue is a very unusual one, some people call it The Bone Chapel it is the crypt of the Capuchins. Capuchin order is an offshoot of Franciscan order founded by Saint Francis of Assisi. In the Capuchin museum you will see many Franciscan and Capuchin artifacts.

Macabre at first sight, this place is fully decorated in human bones. It is estimated that the Capuchin monks used at least 3700 human skeletons. Your guide will explain why they chose bones to decorate their crypts and will help you understand the symbols and all the elements of the decor. Your tickets are valid for the rest of the day, and after the tour you will have time to explore the museum of the Capuchins and even admire a painting of Saint Francis by Michelangelo Merisi (Caravaggio).

The tour ends at the Capuchin crypts, your guide will be available at the end of the tour to answer your questions.

Inclusions

  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Small-group tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

A small amount of walking is involved

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Not wheelchair accessible

No photos allowed at the venues!

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