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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  • 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

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

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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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2050 reviews by the users

  • One of the best tours in Rome. So interesting!

  • Jon was AMAZING. Very knowledgeable and very passionate about the city and the sites we saw. I would highly recommend this tour.

  • We had THE BEST tour guide ... such fun filled commentary and sooooo much information to give us. Not all the tour was walking - we travelled part way on a private bus which was pleasant as sites were a little way apart. Would highly recommend this particular tour.

  • This tour was very good but perhaps a bit long at the end especially with the usually high temperatures in Rome during our excursion. The crypts where the chapels were made of bones from the Capuchin Monks was very interesting. I am not sure this was a small group tour however. There were probably 30 or more people in our group. I am also not sure that we walked the Appian way as advertised in the printed material. The crypts made this tour worthwhile and enjoyable.

  • The tour was amazing!! Very interesting, spooky and entertaining! Our tour guide Claudia made it fun every step of the way!!

  • Creepy, and amazing to see. Great guide, informative, and super interesting. If you're in Rome, it's worth the time!

  • This was seriously worth it. Its the 2nd time i have done it and its amazing.
    Our American guide was also awesome

  • The sites we saw were incredible. Our guide was not the most enthusiastic and tended to drown on which made the tour feel longer than it was. Overall a nice tour just wish we had a more exciting guide.

  • our tour guide was energetic and knowledgeable. We saw more than we thought we would, totally enjoyed the tour

  • Fantastic tour and my husband's and son's favorite tour from our time in Rome! Completely fascinating - and extra bonus for being indoors and mostly underground on a sweltering 100F day. Our guide - Angela - was our favorite of all of our tours including 7 Viator tours during our family's recent trip. She was extremely knowledgeable, very passionate about the subject, and a great teacher!

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