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Crypts, Bones & Catacombs - Underground Tour

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highlights
  • Visit the best-preserved and least-frequented catacomb: the Catacomb of Santa Priscilla
  • Gape at the Capuchin Bone Crypt, a cemetery literally built from the bones
  • Descend through time at the Basilica San Nicola in Carcere
Rome is a city that has built and rebuilt upon itself for thousands of years. Our Crypts, Bones & Catacombs tour is designed to take you deep down into the layers of Roman history, in order to uncover the spell-binding story of the city through the ages. We do so in the most dramatic way possible; by exploring 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 the city’s most interesting (and paradoxically one of the least-visited) catacomb, the Catacomb of Santa Priscilla. This is where ancient Christians were buried when their religion was still outlawed and they were considered enemies of the state. The catacomb contains extraordinary frescoes, miles of creepy tunnels and the world’s oldest depiction of the Virgin Mary. Your expert, guide, hand-picked for knowledge of the catacombs, will lead your small group of 15 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, you’ll 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’ll learn why the monks actually consider the display life-affirming.

Finally, you’ll visit one of Rome’s hidden (literally) treasures. Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere, is a voyage both below ground and back in time, but this basilica is so much more historically important. It was built in the 10th century on the site of three temples dating back to the first century BC, which themselves were at the heart of an Ancient Roman fruit and vegetable market dating to the 4th century BC. Much of the original temples, including their marble columns, were built into the structure of the existing basilica but left exposed, so when you visit today you can literally descend through the levels of time.

With comfortable, air-conditioned transport throughout, and a small group of 15 people or fewer, your only responsibility is to immerse yourself in the thrills and wonder of underground Rome. Our 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.
what’s included
  • Transport between sites in an air-conditioned bus
  • Admission to all sites
  • Expert tour guide
what’s excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 3 hours
Tour Type Group Tour  
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Rome, Italy/Rome, Italy
customer reviews
4.4 - Very Good Based on 16 reviews
Not one to miss!
Anonymous From United Kingdom UK At
4 - Very Good
“Me and my fiance really liked the tour.. Unfortunately, we started a bit late that day... Reason why we weren't able to finish on time around 5:30 pm.. But it was really good! One should not miss when you are in Rome.”
Great and fun
Robert Pecha From United States of America USA At
4 - Very Good
“Amy is great, loads of fun and highly informative!”
I and my gransons love the tour
Stephanie Kanwit From Australia At
5 - Excellent
“Peter was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. My teen-age grandsons loved this tour...”
Overall good, sometimes too much information
Miles Saltiel From United Kingdom UK At
4 - Very Good
“Our group was intended to be fifteen, though only fourteen turned up; I had understood the max was twelve;. Fascinating raw material; sometimes tough to follow guide who was fluent and v committed to topic but was hampered by use of headphones and accent; might have done better telling fewer stories with greater clarity.”
Good to know ● Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.

● 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.

● 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.

● San Nicola, which is the last site we visit, is subject to closures during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will run an alternative itinerary including other sites. End point in this case may vary, however it will always be centrally located. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts.

● Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.

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

● Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
Cancellation Cancellations:
- For cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Full refund.
- For cancellations made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No refund can be provided.

Amendments:
- For amendments made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No amendment fee, pending availability.
- For amendments made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Amendments subject to a amendment fee per person, per tour, pending availability.

Late Arrivals & No Shows:
- No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or d
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