Skip The Line: Crypts And Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour - Rome

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Discover Rome's hidden delights and quirky sites on a 3.5-hour skip the line Crypts and Roman Catacombs small group walking tour in Rome. Explore underground catacombs, Capuchin Crypt and the Basilica of San Clemente with skip-the-line access. The intriguing Rome Catacombs Tour showcases the best of Rome's underground attractions, such as the crypt made from Capuchin monks' bones and the Domitilla Catacombs where early Christians worshiped in secret. Finish with a visit multi-level look to Basilica of San Clemente to see a church like no other. Explore the different layers, moving down through the centuries and marvel at the 12th centuries of history displayed through its architecture.

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Highlights

  • 3.5-hour Rome tour including visit to catacombs, Capuchin Crypt and the Basilica of San Clemente
  • Visiting incredible Caravaggio painting in the Capuchin Crypt Museum
  • Skip-the-line entry to Domitilla Catacombs and Basilica di San Clemente
  • Visit Christian wall paintings and underground 12th-century church
  • Stroll of the Appian Way
  • All entrance fees included
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
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Meet your guide at Piazza Barberini in central Rome, and stroll to the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione to discover the Capuchin Crypts. Start by entering the crypt’s museum to see an incredible Caravaggio painting – St Francis in Meditation – as well as other relics about St Francis (Italy’s patron saint), and then head into the jaw-dropping crypts. From its arched walls to the picture frames that hang upon them, the chapel is made entirely from human bones. The mesmerizing display was created by the Capuchin monks who used the remains of their departed brothers to decorative effect.

Hear the history and then head back above ground to stroll to the Appian Way. One of the world’s longest roads, it’s also known for being home to the catacombs – nearly 186 miles (300km) of underground tunnels that were used as burial chambers by Rome’s early Christians. Skip past any entrance lines and go below ground with your guide to visit the largest one – Domitilla Catacombs (Catacomb di Santa Domitilla) – and marvel at the treasures that lie deep beneath the city. Christianity was once banned in Rome and so the catacombs provided a peaceful sanctuary where they could worship. Marvel at the Christian wall paintings and see an underground 12th-century church, too.

Head back above ground and walk to your tour’s final highlight, the Basilica of San Clemente. A one-of-a-kind church, the basilica actually comprises three buildings – from the12th centuries – each built on top of the other. Skip the lines outside and as you explore with your guide, you’ll see different slices of Rome’s history, noting how the architecture gets grander in each building. Admire magnificent Renaissance and 11th-century frescoes and pose for pictures under an eye-catching mosaic.

Your tour finishes inside the Basilica of San Clemente, and you can stay longer if you wish to soak up the splendor of the church at your own pace.
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Inclusions for Skip The Line: Crypts And Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

  • Entrance fees: Capuchin Crypt, Domitilla Catacombs and Basilica di San Clemente
  • Skip-the-line entry to Domitilla Catacombs and Basilica di San Clemente
  • Professional guide
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Exclusions for Skip The Line: Crypts And Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

Not wheelchair accessible

We regret that we are unable to accommodate pushchairs or strollers on our group tours

A dress code is required for entry into some of the sites on this tour. Knees and shoulders must be covered

No photos can be taken inside the venue during the tour

Not recommended for those who are effected by claustrophobia

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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2109 reviews by the users

  • Marco was the guide and did a great job. There are no photos on this tour. I also now have a new nightmare - getting lost in the 17km of underground crypts. It was clean and not creepy, but your imagination sure can take off on this tour. The VERY BEST part of the tour was the Basilica of San Clemente. I try to be tolerant of most religions, despite not being active in any, but the Capuchin Crypt Museum was just weird.

  • The small group tour was perfect for us. We took three City Wonders tours and We recommend City Wonders very highly. The guides were all friendly, knowledgable, and professional. Well worth the money.

  • When the guide asks if your claustrophobic you better be honest with yourself.
    I didn't think it could be that bad, but my anxiety level hit the roof. So I had
    to bow out. My fault as he did ask....so take heed....

  • Definitely different!

  • Luca and Luis are great tour guides. Tour is interesting, specially catacombs. You can see real history around you. Highly recommended.

  • This tour was great!! Our guide Andy was informative and hilarious!! I would highly recommend it!!

  • was not as interesting as i thought it would be - hard to keep up with tour guide - would not recomment

  • This tour was amazing!

  • This was a really great tour, Mike and Marco were both very informative and funny. The tour was just about the right amount of time and we both really enjoyed it. It is a very worthwhile tour and actually should be a must see in Rome.

  • Not being allowed to take photographs prevents us from creating memories !! The guide was marvellous.

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USD 72.95