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.


  • 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 crypts museum to see an incredible Caravaggio painting St Francis in Meditation as well as other relics about St Francis (Italys 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 worlds longest roads, its also known for being home to the catacombs nearly 186 miles (300km) of underground tunnels that were used as burial chambers by Romes 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 tours 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, youll see different slices of Romes 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.

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

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

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

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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2186 reviews by the users

  • Very interesting and informative, well worth it.

  • Great quick paced tour. Finding our group in front of the Vatican was easy. There were a few downfalls with the tour. Somebody was lost, the guide did her best to quickly remedy the situation but the wife of the lost husband kept on stopping the entire group every 5 minutes. My headphones did not work and I had to replace the headphones then the batteries needed a replacement.....

  • Just as described, we saw crypts and catacombs. I really enjoyed Ricardo's tour, and would like to thank him again for making it a memorable experience.

  • Great tour and even better tour guide. Melody was the best! I wish i met here the first day i arrived in Rome. I would have takendevery tour she gauided.

  • Amanda and Louise, our tour guides, brought this tour to life. An otherwise macabre subject, death was made informative, interesting, enlightening and calming all at once. I would recommend this tour to all who visit Rome as religion and paganism is so much a part of its history.

  • Fascinating! All I hoped it would be! Great guide!

  • I was expecting a little more for the underground tombs, but due to people stealing the bones you only get to see empty tombs, but later in the tour at the monastery with all the rooms decorated with the bones was really interesting, and our tour guide was awesome, I would recommend the tour

  • Fantastic tour and very knowledgable guide. This is one not to miss.

  • this was an excellent tour, worth every cent. A most enjoyable experience. By the way, you don't walk all the way- there is a bus included to get you across the big distances. An absolutely fascinating tour with 2 excellent guides. Well worth the money.

  • excellent tour guide, spoke the best english being a transplant U.S.

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