- City: Rome
- Duration: 2.5hrs
- Start Time: 6PM
For the first time ever, we’re taking you inside Rome’s Catacombs at night, for an experience you’ll never forget.
Religion, art or obscenity? Make what you will of the Capuchin ‘Bone’ Crypt, decorated with the remains of 4,000 monks.
- With transport between sites we take the hassle out of your Rome Catacombs night tour, returning you to the city center in time for dinner.
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A WORLD EXCLUSIVE: VISIT THE CATACOMBS AFTER CLOSING
The Rome Catacombs make for an incredible visit. Hidden beneath the city, a labyrinth of passages spreads out in every direction. These subterranean tunnels were created by Rome’s first Christians during a time when their religion was heavily persecuted. They can plunge six stories deep into the ground and once held the remains of saints, martyrs, and thousands of early converts.
Visiting today, however, the catacombs may not feel as secretive as they once did. Rome Catacomb tours are becoming increasingly popular. And as the foot traffic rises, so does the noise level.
For the first time ever, we’re offering you an opportunity to visit Rome Catacombs at night. With only Walks of Italy groups inside, your visit is guaranteed to be intimate and mysterious. Your guide will be easy to hear and interact with and the Catacombs themselves will be transformed. Step back in time 2,000 years with an unforgettable experience of Rome’s hidden history.
SEE A CHAPEL DECORATED WITH THE BONES OF 4,000 MONKS
Your tour starts at the Capuchin Crypt; an incredible series of rooms decorated with the bones of 4,000 monks. Although it’s unclear how the decorating process began, the end product is undeniably creepy. There are light fixtures made from spinal bones, a coat of (real) arms, and a few full skeletons still wearing their monk’s robes.
Included in your ticket is the Capuchin Museum, where your guide will point out a disputed Caravaggio and some strange mementos of monks. Then you’ll board a private vehicle for the journey across town to the highlight of our tour.
THE MOST HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT CATACOMBS – ALL TO YOURSELF
Our Rome Catacombs Night Tour visits the incredible Catacombs of Santa Priscilla. These are special for a few reasons. For one, they’re home to the oldest known drawing of the Virgin Mary (that’s how old they are). They were also once known as the ‘Pope’s Catacombs’ because they housed the remains of not one but seven early popes and a handful of martyrs.
Apart from their historic and religious significance, the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla make for the nicest visit – especially when you’re there alone! Headsets don’t work underground so you’ll be particularly grateful for the peace and quiet (and for your small group of only 15 people or fewer) as you follow your guide through the winding underground passages.
One thing is for sure: It will be an experience you won’t soon forget.
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Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements
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.
This tour visits underground passages and is therefore not appropriate for guests who suffer from claustrophobia.
Photography is not allowed in the sites visited on this tour, due to their religious nature.