Crypts, Bones & Catacombs: An Underground Tour of Rome

Highlights

  • Uncover the history behind Rome's 'City of the Dead'

  • Visit the Capuchin Crypt, nicknamed 'The Bone Chapel'

  • Journey through the city's labyrinth of catacombs and hear stories of the people buried there long ago

  • Travel around the city via private, air-conditioned transport to and from sites

  • Drive along the ancient, airy Appian Way (Via Appia Antica), and follow in the footsteps of Romans as far back as 312 B.C

  • Stop off at the spectaclar Roman Aqueducts, and learn about one of the greatest achievements of the ancient world

Summary

This journey through the underground world of Christian Rome is fascinating, awe-inspiring, and at times, downright bizarre. From the Capuchin Bone Chapel, decorated with the remains of 4,000 dead monks, to churches built atop ancient temples and catacombs that once contained thousands of dead Christians, this is an experience guaranteed to thrill young and old alike. The tour comes to a close - after a drive along the Appian Way - with a stop at the spectacular Roman Aqueducts.

Tour info

Duration
3 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
18
Pricing (From)
Adult: (15-99 years)
€69.00
Child: (2-14 years)
€64.00
Infant: (0-1 years)
€0.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

Piazza Barberini, Rome, 00187, IT

Dropoff location

Piazzale Ostiense (Piramide Metro), Rome, 00154, IT

Why take this tour?

There is as much history lurking beneath the streets of Rome as there is towering above it. On this tour we take you into its eerie, exciting, and strange netherworld to show you the most impressive sights.

We start at one of Rome's most off-beat and macabre attractions, the Capuchin Crypt, nicknamed "The Bone Chapel". These burial chambers for the Capuchin order of monks are literally decorated with the bones and mummified remains of some 4,000 dead monks. Although it may seem pretty creepy, your expert local tour guide will explain the world view of the Capuchins and by the end of your visit you'll understand why the monks have chosen such a unique (non)burial method.

Next, you'll head back to the early days of Christianity by stepping into one of Rome's catacombs, where the first Roman Christians buried their dead. The catacombs we visit for your tour will change depending on the day, but regardless of where we go, you'll be able to see ancient frescos, inscriptions carved into the walls, and the remains of mausoleums as you learn why these enormous cemeteries came to prominence for ancient Christians.

Following in the footsteps of Ancient Romans, you will drive along the famous Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) - a road dating back all the way to circa 300 B.C - where you'll take a moment at the Tomb of Caecilia Metella, one of the most well-preserved mausoleums in the city dating back to 1 B.C.

Finally, en route back to the city centre, you'll stop off at the spectacular Roman Aqueducts - a part of the city sadly missed by many visitors. Here you'll learn all about the feat of enginering considered one of the greatest achievements of the ancient world - and of course snap a photo or two with the impressive construction as your backdrop!

Although this tour moves all over the city, we take care of transportation with private, air conditioned transport; so all you have to do is relax and soak in the incredible sites of underground Rome. As you drive, your guide will regale you with extra context, helping you get the most from these usually indecipherable sights.

Sites Visited: 
  • Catacombs of San Sebastiano
    Capuchin Crypt (aka The Bone Chapel)
    Appian Way (Via Appia Antica)
    Roman Aqueducts

What’s included?

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Expertly guided walking tour

  • Entrance ticket to Catacomb of San Sebastiano

  • Entrance ticket to Capuchin Crypt

  • Transportation (Minibus with air conditioning)

  • Gratuities

  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Frequently asked questions

Things to know

Before you book

  • Due to the tight nature of the catacombs, those with claustrophobia may want to consider another tour.

  • The ancient sites on this tour are not wheelchair or stroller-friendly. Please contact us for alternative options.

  • Should the San Sebastiano catacomb close, your tour will visit another one of the catacombs along the Appian Way.

  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information

Before you go

  • This tour is in English.

  • This is a walking tour. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.

  • 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.

  • Due to the tight nature of the catacombs, those with claustrophobia may want to consider another tour.

  • The ancient sites on this tour are not wheelchair or stroller-friendly. Please contact us for alternative options.

  • Should the San Sebastiano catacomb close, your tour will visit another one of the catacombs along the Appian Way.

  • Both men and women are required to cover both shoulders and knees due to the religious nature of this site.

  • Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.

  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received greater than 24 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 24 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.

Redemption information

    Mobile tickets will be accepted


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Walks (takewalks.com, walksofitaly.com) began over a decade ago (2008, to be exact) in Rome, Italy. We quickly became the premier walking tour company in 7 countries - Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Greece, and Portugal. Our US cities include San Francisco, NYC, Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans.

In 2021, we joined The Hornblower Group (cityexperiences.com) expanding our reach and working alongside this powerhouse travel brand.

Our tour products vary but predominantly we #takewalks, exploring the world by foot - we believe, the best way to get into the heart of a city and its incredible people. From introductory strolls to food tours, day trips, cooking classes, and below the surface, in-depth tours, we have our hand in everything a traveler could want. Oh, and we also like to give our clients exclusive access to the biggest attractions in the world...

Despite the big changes in our brand over the years, our focus has remained simple - to relentlessly create tours with the client experience at the forefront and anchored upon the dedicated, intelligent, and above all, passionate local guides who want to share their cities with you.