Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour
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.» Learn more!
Rome Crypts and Catacombs Tour
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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.
The Capuchin Crypts, the Basilica of San Clemente, and the San Domitilla or San Callisto Catacombs.
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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).
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