Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour

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Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour
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Available only during high season Air-conditioned coach Special rate for children Guide/Interpreter Admission fee(s) included

The Crypts & Catacombs tour, the first of its type, explores early Christian art in the Catacombs, constructed at a time when Christianity was illegal in Rome and these dark tunnels were a rare sanctuary for worshippers.

Visit the eerie Capuchin Crypt – a fascinating chapel hidden away in central Rome decorated with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin Monks and explore Basilica San Clemente.

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Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour

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  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
  • This tour is available on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from early January 1st till early April. Daily from early April to the end of October
  • Departure at 02:30PM from a central location in Vatican (details and map will be listed on your voucher).
  • Small group: maximum 20 persons
  • Languages: English
  • Ticket delivery: Voucher issued online (no tickets needed).
  • Rate is per person including taxes and services.
  • Children rate available (4 to 14), free if under 3
  • Free 30-day access to online Italian lessons

Detailed Description

Detailed Description

Discover imperial and early Christian Rome by peeling back layers and millenniums of history as you descend into the Eternal city’s underground burial chambers, its long winding catacombs and its crypts. You’ll never believe what lies beneath Rome until you see it for yourself on the original Crypts and Catacombs of Rome Tour.

Go below and beyond to a time when Christianity was considered a cult, whose members were executed as heretics and buried as martyrs, as your guide leads you through the catacombs of Rome. These long corridors house hundreds of burial chambers, from modest singles to extravagant family tombs.

Basilica San Clemente is an unexpected surprise, as we journey from the top layer – a 14th century Basilica – down through a huge 4th century Basilica, a 2nd century sanctuary believed to have once hosted rituals by the mysterious Mithraic cult and finally, an incredibly preserved 1st century Roman street, replete with herringbone tiling.

The biggest surprise of this tour, however, and the one that will stay in your mind long after you have returned home, is the Capuchin Crypt. The recent addition of an official museum here means that the visit is preluded by an encounter with Caravaggio’s magnificent canvas ‘St. Francis in Meditation’ and relics from the life of St. Francis himself and some of his followers. But the real star of the show is the crypt itself, decorated in the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks. Witness a real skull and cross bones, chandeliers made of vertebrae and the chilling words ‘What you are now, we once were. What we are now, you will be’. According to the monks this is a message of hope. We’ll let you be the judge of that.

Site Visited

The Capuchin Crypts, the Basilica of San Clemente, and the San Domitilla or San Callisto Catacombs.

What is included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Entrance ticket to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum
  • Entrance ticket to the catacombs
  • Entrance ticket to the church and undergrounds of Basilica San Clemente
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned coach bus

What is not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Important Notes

  • This service ends at Piazza Barberini around 5:30 PM. Gratuities to guides and/or drivers providing excellent service are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
  • For help with meeting points or other urgent issues, a phone number will be listed on your voucher.
  • Your tour guide will be wearing blue City Wonders/Guideman polo shirts or jackets to be easily recognizable at the meeting point.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, hills, and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on these group tours.
  • Entrance into churches requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. City Wonders cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.
  • Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world, making certain sites extremely busy in high season. Careful planning limits our exposure to crowds, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.
  • Local tour operator reserves the right to refuse participation on its tours to any guest under the influence of drugs or alcohol or to any guest whose behavior is disorderly, or poses a threat to other guests or its staff.

Meeting time and point

This information should only be available to clients on the voucher they receive after booking.

  • Meeting time: 02:15 PM
  • Departure time: 02:30 PM

Meeting point is located in the center of Piazza Barberini, by the large Triton (Tritone) fountain. Piazza Barberini is located at the metro stop “Barberini” on metro line A (red line).

Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews

SafeOpinion® Conciergerie.com Certified Reviews from Identified Customers.

Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour, Adult (Excellent)

"Tour guide was Mike an American from California. He was very knowledgeable and amusing and it was easy to see that he had a passion for the art and history."

Jim B, United States, May 2014

Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour, Adult (Excellent)

"We had Julia and Daniel as our guides and they were simply fantastic. They were very knowledgeable humorous and made the experience pleasant. I would also recommend the tour itself to anyone. It may sound macabre but it’s really not."

Suzan M, United States, April 2014

Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour, Adult (Excellent)

"Although the tour was excellent along with the guide Karina, I felt age restriction should be necessary as parts were unsuitable for young children and others for older people with issues with mobility, it held the tour up! Other than that superb."

Margaret L, United Kingdom, April 2014

Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour, Adult (Excellent)

"He was awesome! He explained beyond the scope of the tour... along the bus route he pointed out tidbits that we would not have normally been aware of."

Raquel N, United States, March 2014

Order Options

Your ticket (voucher) will be delivered online. Paper tickets are not required. Your voucher is the proof of booking and settlement. You must print it and present it at the bus terminal located at the address listed on the voucher. You will have access to our voucher desk through a secure link provided in your order confirmation email.

Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Policy

Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Policy

Booking changes and cancellations are VALID only when made through us by email at customer@conciergerie.com. You can change your reservation date at no charge if you notify us at least four (7) days before your arrival, subject to availability. If you cancel your reservation and you notify us at least five (5) days before your arrival, there is a 20% cancellation fee. After this time no refunds can be made. It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded. Cancellation fees will not be waived for any reason, however, they may be covered by travel insurance. We *highly* recommend that you have insurance with *adequate* coverage, including Force Majeure.

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Prices in other currencies:

Approximate prices in Australian Dollar (AUD)

Crypts and Catacombs of Rome Tour, Adult   89.29
Crypts and Catacombs of Rome Tour, Child 4 to 14   82.09

AUD prices are for information only. They do not represent a commitment by La Conciergerie. We used the current market rate of 1.4402 AUD per euro.

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Approximate prices in Yuan Renminbi (CNY)

Crypts and Catacombs of Rome Tour, Adult   514.85
Crypts and Catacombs of Rome Tour, Child 4 to 14   473.33

CNY prices are for information only. They do not represent a commitment by La Conciergerie. We used the current market rate of 8.3041 CNY per euro.

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Approximate prices in Pound Sterling (GBP)

Crypts and Catacombs of Rome Tour, Adult   49.43
Crypts and Catacombs of Rome Tour, Child 4 to 14   45.45

GBP prices are for information only. They do not represent a commitment by La Conciergerie. We used the current market rate of 0.7973 GBP per euro.

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Approximate prices in Yen (JPY)

Crypts and Catacombs of Rome Tour, Adult   8541.59
Crypts and Catacombs of Rome Tour, Child 4 to 14   7852.75

JPY prices are for information only. They do not represent a commitment by La Conciergerie. We used the current market rate of 137.7675 JPY per euro.

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Approximate prices in Swedish Krona (SEK)

Crypts and Catacombs of Rome Tour, Adult   571.04
Crypts and Catacombs of Rome Tour, Child 4 to 14   524.99

SEK prices are for information only. They do not represent a commitment by La Conciergerie. We used the current market rate of 9.2104 SEK per euro.

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Approximate prices in US Dollar (USD)

Crypts and Catacombs of Rome Tour, Adult   83.31
Crypts and Catacombs of Rome Tour, Child 4 to 14   76.59

USD prices are for information only. They do not represent a commitment by La Conciergerie. We used the current market rate of 1.3437 USD per euro.

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