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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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Descend into the chill of Rome’s mysterious underworld with Skip-the-Line access to three of the city’s strangest discoveries. Unmask a new side to the Eternal City as you explore the eerie Bone Chapel, adorned with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks, and the Christian Catacombs, a series of hidden tunnels where early Christian’s practiced their forbidden faith. Then travel beneath the Basilica San Clemente to discover layers of ancient foundations offering an insight to civilizations long fallen.
  • Combine visits to Rome’s most popular catacombs and crypts
  • Skip-the-line access to popular sites saves time
  • Entrance fees included for each stop on the tour
  • Learn about ancient Roman burial customs and traditions
  • Hear about the famous Appian Way while walking on it yourself
What to Expect
Meet your guide and group at Piazza Barberini in central Rome. Heading toward the Appian Way, listen to commentary about the road’s history, including the hundreds of miles of underground space beneath it that were used as burial grounds and secret worship spots for persecuted Christians. Skip the long lines at this popular attraction, saving valuable vacation time. You’ll skip the line again at Basilica of San Clemente, comprised of three centuries old structures built on top of each other. Listen as your guide explains the history of the Renaissance-era mosaics and frescoes before leaving Head finally to the Capuchin Crypt while your guide tells you about ancient Rome. At the crypt museum, see one of Caravaggio’s famous paintings, St. Francis in Meditation. Hear about the crypt’s unusual chapels made entirely out of human bones.you on your own to explore further if you wish.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Fontana del Tritone, Piazza Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Skip the Line Access
  • Entry/Admission - Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica of San Clemente
  • Entry/Admission - Catacombe di Santa Domitilla
  • Entry/Admission - Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Not recommended for those who are effected by claustrophobia
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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I’m so happy I booked this tour; Max was our tour guide and he was very informative while keeping the tour fun and interesting. Seeing the Crypts and Catacombs was an incredible and at times, overwhelming experience but definitely worthwhile if you’re looking for some...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Katty O
Reviewed 2 days ago

The group was to big to fit into each of the small rooms in the crypts. I was at the end of the group. Even standing as close as I could get, I was standing in the previous room NOT hearing anything our guide said...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hello Jeff C, Thanks very much for taking the time to post a review. We were sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with the group size of your tour. Please note that the max pax of this tour is 20 people, and this...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

Amazing tour. So full of history. Sean was a great guide and very clear and knowledgeable. Would have loved to spend more time at The Cappuchin museum instead of walking to get our bus.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank brig1111
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Amazing and fascinating Jon the guide helps us thru history with jokes and facts along the way, with the skulls and bodies of monks and pictures to demonstrate fact from fiction. Unfortunately your not able to take pictures but the gift shops more than make...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank chris t
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went with another couple and we all had a great time! Everything was as advertised and was very well run. Migle and Shawn were very knowledgeable and gave TONS of information. Appreciated the sense of humor both guides had. Rommel the bus driver was...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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sharon h
September 27, 2019|
Response from lindasharman1 | Reviewed this property |
All I can say is to visit the offices and ask as they may be able to help.I do not believe that they only have one company offering this tour as there were various other groups there when we took our trip
Cathy C
September 19, 2019|
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Response from Ron C | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other comments. Each stop has a bit of walking and some stairs. Our guide went at a good pace so it was not difficult for this 70 year old to handle.
Robert E
September 17, 2019|
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Response from lindasharman1 | Reviewed this property |
He will just have to suck down in places but it is doable
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