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Rome Catacombs Alone

Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 2.5hrs
  • Start Time: 6PM

Tour Highlights

  • 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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EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

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.

Sites visited

  • Capuchin ‘Bone’ Crypt
  • Capuchin Museum
  • Santa Priscilla Catacombs

Included

  • Special access to Rome Catacombs after closing
  • Tickets to the Capuchin Crypt & Museum
  • Round-trip transport between sites
  • Expert local tour guide, fluent in English

Reviews

5-stars from over 208 Customer Reviews

Extremely impressed wirh planning and ease of access. Guide had a sound knowledge but managed to be extreme entertaining in his delivery. Took great effort to ensure everyone was involved and enjoying the trip. Excellent night.
Melany was a great enthousiastic guide
Our guide was informative and engaging. We truly loved the tour and would recommend it!
Fun!
Very enthusiastic and informative guide! Would highly recommend to friends. Thank you!
Loved the headset. Joseph was a great guide. Knowledgeable & entertaining.
This tour was 10 times better than I thought it would be. Andrea was a great tour guide.
Fantastic tour, great guide, content was amazing, who does that with bones!!!!!
It was a great experience! The guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. We loved it!
Fantastic, informative tour! Just the right amount of creepy!
Amy was a lovely, funny and enthusiastic guide. tour left on time and was most enjoyable.
Rebecca provided us a fantastic tour. As always WOI delivered a top-notch tour with very knowledgeable guides. Highly recommend; especially enjoyed the small groups and the after hours visit away from the crowds; it may cost a little more; though the experience is worth it!
Our guide was excellent, we where very pleased with this tour.
Guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Much more so than just reciting from a guide book. She made the tour interesting while respecting the subject. Definite recommendation.
Rihanna did a wonderful job bringing everything to life in this tour. Very interesting and informative.
The guide was amazing and was very knowledgeable.
This tour was fun and interesting, we had a great time.
This was the best tour we did during our time in Rome; our guide was FANTASTIC! Full of really interesting information that was delivered enthusiastically. I would certainly recommend this tour.
Georgia was an excellent guide she made the tour very interesting and a lot fun. Cant speak highly enough of the tour and in particular Georgia
Very knowledgeable guide and excellent organisation.
We were so happy we got to have a second tour with Andrea because his passion makes history come alive. The information he gave on this tour helped us appreciate the crypts and catacombs even more. Such a great experience!
An excellent tour with a wonderful guide. Kylie was both knowledgeable and friendly, always taking time to answer questions and advise us on other aspects of our trip when called upon. 10/10
Marta's incredible knowledge and passion for history along with her communication style made this one of the best tours we have ever been on. She has set the bar extremely high for future guides on our future tours.
We changed groups and had Marta as our tour guide, she was amazing. She made everyone feel welcome and her knowledge blew us away, she displayed real passion for her subject, highly recommend.
Our guide Kylie was extremely knowledgable and exhibited such enthusiasm. She made the tour entertaining and enjoyable for our entire group! We love doing night tours and this one was fantastic. Thanks so much!!
My wife and I were very happy with this tour, easy to locate meeting place, Amy, the guide, was very knowledgeable and personable, and the tour was very good and interesting.
It was a fascinating and enjoyable experience for our whole family. Would highly recommend the tour. Walks of Italy are well organised and the tours are great value for money.
Loved this tour. Kylie was informative & made the tour fun. So much to learn about Rome.
David is great!
Very organized. Tour guide very knowledgeable. I would certainly rebook with you again.
Guide was very personable and spoke English very well. Would recommend this tour as it was most interesting. Unfortunately, I became ill and was unable to go on the second half. I thoroughly enjoyed the crypt
Julia was FABULOUS!! Despite driver snafus that had nothing to do with her she was clam good humored and natured -she also was a fabulous historian and gave a fantastic tour --could not more highly recommend!!
This was a well paced and very informative tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable.
Excellent tour for our first night in Rome. Melanie was a fantastic guide,very knowledgeable and passionate about her work. Would recommend the tour,the company and specially Melanie to anyone,thank you .
Our guide was extremely informative. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. What a great experience.
Melanie was the absolute best. She was informative and passionate about the tour which really showed. However, it should be disclosed prominently that there are no photos allowed to be taken on this tour.
She was great
Our tour guide Melanie was amazing!
Rebecca was a fantastic guide...most knowledgeable and great stories!!
Not sure I would call this a "Night" tour. It wasn't dark enough to give the tour a bit of an "edge." Nonetheless, it was a great tour, and we enjoyed it thoroughly.
Excellent tour and commentary by Melanie. Also great direction for meeting point.
Rebecca was fantastic. She was so great, we booked another tour with her that evening. She is so smart and knowledgeable, we highly recommend Walk of Italy tours.
Melanie was an excellent guide, with knowledge, fun and having taken our names, spoke to each of us in person by name. Very interesting tour with lots of information, even if it is a little strange to be looking at bones and tombs!
Even though it is almost one month ago, Greetings to our tour guide Marije from team Finland, it was awesome experience and we will never forget it! ~Henriikka
This tour was AMAZING! GEORGIA was so very knowledgeable and kept our attention throughout the entire tour!! She interjected a bit of humor as well and answered all of our questions! Worth the money!
Awesome!
Great and informative tour! Would recommend!
Wonderful experience booking last minute while in Rome. Amy was fantastic-knowledgeable and engaging.
The guide was well knowledgeable and the Crypts and catacombs tour was just as good as I had expected.
The tour was amazing and our guide was very knowledgeable. Very highly recommend this tour and company!
Georgia was very friendly and knowledgeable, we'd love to do a tour with her again!
My guide Georgia ( I hope the name is correct) was very knowledgeable & shared with us her passion for the history of Rome.
Tour was great and so was guide
Loved Melanie! She is very knowledgable as well, but also has a super friendly inviting personality. Made the tour even better than expected. Highly recommend her.
We had a great time on this tour. Amy was fantastic, she was so enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.
This was our second tour this week with Melanie! She is that good! The first was the Food Tour and Pizza making. She not only knows everything about the history of Rome, she's a trained chef! My favorite part of this tour was seeing the very first image of the nativity in history. Fascinating!
Amy was wonderful. Very engaging and funny! She also provided a coupon code for 10% off so we booked another tour on our arrival to Florence. Thanks Amy!
Great tour! Very informative guide, Andrea, with passion for the history of the catacombs.
Amy was AWESOME! She was so knowledgeable and presented the tour in such a storytelling manner. Best tour we took in ITALY!
Atmospheric, Melanie was fun and adventurous and gave us some food tips at the end which I appreciated (but was not expecting, just an extra treat :)).
Andrea was our tour guide and I recommend him 100%. He was very knowledgeable and made it so interesting that it made the 3 hours past too fast. Very professional, presented the information in a way that was easy to understand.
Tour size was perfect and our guide was absolutely fantastic, so energetic and entertaining. I toured with City Wonders as well and their tour had nothing on the Walks if Italy tour. Thanks so much!!!!
The guide (Melany) was very friendly and knew a lot of Rome's ancient history. We came at places where most tourists do not come. A very interesting visit indeed. Thank you again.
Our guide was fantastic- knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and interesting. So nice to see those sights with less tourists around too.
Tour was great and the guide was fabulous. She was not only friendly, she was very informative.
Georgia was an enthusiastic and informative guide. Really engaged with people and made special effort to engage the kids on the tour. She brought the tour to life.
Our tour was very good. Our guide was perfect, she is funny and informative. We took our 8 year old. I was a bit worried that they bone would scare him, but they did not. Our guide continually checked in with him to see how he was doing. A great evening in Rome!
Great host, great tour and really interesting!
The smaller group and private tour was great. Very informative tour host made enjoyable experience.
Really, really enjoyed the tour. Very impressed with our guide, Georgia.
We really enjoyed the tour. It was great and our guide was just fabulous. Thanks
Guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
Gio was awesome! Very knowledgeable, funny and engaging. Great tour of the crypts after-hours! Best tour of our
This was definitely a highlight of our trip. Our guide was super knowledgeable and answered questions with ease. Loved it!
Georgia was great and we really enjoyed her commentary.
Gia was terrific.
Marije was awesome!
The tour was spectacular, highly informative and well managed. We count as a bonus the tips on picking the right gelateria or the best wine: well presented and very to the point.
The service was excellent. My arrival in Rome was delayed and I missed an earlier tour. Customer service was very helpful and got me booked on this and I was very satisfied. Saw and learned a lot and the guide was awesome.
Excellent tour and guide - she was engaging, informative and very patient with a talkative member of our group. She really knew her history.
Rebecca was great! I'm not a fan of tours in general but I loved this tour.
Melanie was a very friendly, knowledgable, funny and informative guide, she is a credit to your company. The tour itself was very interesting and a much better experience going in the evening when the catacombs were empty.
Andreas was charming & a wealth of information. He made the tour interesting & personal.
interesting and delightful -- guide was awesome and very insightful. Learned a lot and she was terrific. Restaurant warning and recommendations were also EXCELLENT!
one of the best guides ever... personable, knowledgeable, and witty. Georgia was a hit with my whole family!
Gio was incredibly knowledgeable and very friendly with our group. We began our tour on time and did not feel rushed to get through the tour. I recommend this tour and Walks of Italy.
Gio was a wealth of knowledge about Ancient Rome and the crypts. She has a great sense of humor and made the tour really fun!
The guide was outstanding!
Amy was great.
Georgia was our guide and was AMAZING! So nice and informative and gracious.
This tour with Georgia as our guide was excellent and with her knowledge first class. We have already recommended our friends to book when they visit.
The best of the 4 different routes we took. Was focused, multiple bathroom breaks, and led us to special spaces. And the guide was very knowledgeable. Georgia was great.
Georgia was amazing/ Loved her enthusiasm and she was so knowledgeable. It was intriguing and engaging from start to finish. Great job!! Would definitely recommend this tour to others .
We loved Andrea!
Our guide was brilliant, incredibly informative and interesting.
An experience unlike any other
Maria (sorry I am spelling her name wrong) was the best tour guide ever!
The guide, tour and customer service were fantastic. We were a few minutes late due to the Metro and were very appreciative that the company called us to check in on us! Thank you for a wonderful experience!
Georgia had great credentials and provided much information in an entertaining manner. We both enjoyed this tour a lot. Getting into the Catacombs after hours was a great opportunity.
Gio was best guide we have had in many years. She showed passion, insight and sense of humor on this tour. Loved the small group and that there was only one other tour group there with us.
Georgia was awesome!!! She was so informative and super fun. Would have loved her for other tours. L
Melanie was fantastic - so animated about the subject that it made you feel even more interested if that's possible.
Becky was knowedgeable & enthusiastic about the subject & we thoroughly enjoyed her & the tour.
lady who was tour operator was a walking history book-top marks
Rebecca did an awesome job. Very informative and full of stories that made it more interesting.
Great evening tour with lovely tour guide- very informative.
Andre was delightful. His store of knowledge was immense and he shared it expertly. His sense of humour was greatly appreciated. I know we wouldn't have enjoyed the catacombs as much if we had not had this small group tour. Ear buds are an excellent idea.
Shannon was outstanding!!!! What a great guide and great tour!
Our guide was great. Answered questions and was very interesting.
Wow! Georgia was unbelievably passionate and engaged with her topic and tour group. Would highly recommend
Georgia's passion and knowledge about the Capuchin crypt/catacombs together with her irrepressible charm and humor made for an awesome tour. Definitely one of the highlights of our stay in Rome. Thank you, Georgia!
This was my husbands favorite tour! Very exciting!
This was a highlight of our trip. We loved it, highly recommend!!
Georgia was fantastic! She was very knowledgeable and made the tour both exciting and fun. Two thumbs up and I will be recommending the tour to friends and family coming to Rome in the future
Our tour guide Andrea was amazing, he was really enthusiastic and made the experience for us. Really interesting tour and would recommend to anyone.
Georgia was a fantastic guide , the group size was not too big which nade her accessible Doing an evening tour was really good as we missed the crouds and were the only group in the catacombs!
The tour was great and Andrea was a superb guide. This was the first of three tours we've taken on this trip, and he was by far the best.
This was the best tour we took our entire trip! The sites were fascinating and Georgia was full of all kinds of information and more than happy to share her knowledge! Thank you, Georgia!!
Georgia was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and provided an engaging and informative tour. The two locations were fascinating, and they were made even better by being able to visit them after hours!
I had a great tour. Andre was very knowledgable about the full history and made sure everyone knew how to get home safely once back at meeting point. One of my highlights of Roma. Thanks for the great night
Andrea was our tour guide. We loved him. He did an excellent job of explaining everything. We would definitely want him as a guide should we return. Walks of Italy were the BEST tour company we had, hands down. I would highly recommend them to anyone going to Rome.

Important information

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.

Extremely impressed wirh planning and ease of access. Guide had a sound knowledge but managed to be extreme entertaining in his delivery. Took great effort to ensure everyone was involved and enjoying the trip. Excellent night.
Melany was a great enthousiastic guide
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Our guide was informative and engaging. We truly loved the tour and would recommend it!
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Fun!
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Very enthusiastic and informative guide! Would highly recommend to friends. Thank you!
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This doesn’t apply to us, but some people felt you weren’t responsive on the telephone when they needed to make changes or solve problems. My wife and I thought you were great. Couldn’t be better. Also, we went on three of our tours (and will do one tomorrow). All wonderful. But the trip to Pompeii and the coast was really wonderful. Georgia was exceptional as was Paolo. Both were really wonderful, funny and knowledgeable.
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Loved the headset. Joseph was a great guide. Knowledgeable & entertaining.
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This tour was 10 times better than I thought it would be. Andrea was a great tour guide.
Georgia was very informative and engaging on our Crypts Night tour. Her knowledge of the Capuchin Crypts and the history of the catacombs kept us interested throughout the tour. I'd highly recommend this particular tour as I feel it really gave us some perspective on humans' complicated relationship with the dead.
Fantastic tour, great guide, content was amazing, who does that with bones!!!!!
It was a great experience! The guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. We loved it!
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Fantastic, informative tour! Just the right amount of creepy!
very informative lots of interesting antidotes pleasant guide
Amy was a lovely, funny and enthusiastic guide. tour left on time and was most enjoyable.
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Rebecca provided us a fantastic tour. As always WOI delivered a top-notch tour with very knowledgeable guides. Highly recommend; especially enjoyed the small groups and the after hours visit away from the crowds; it may cost a little more; though the experience is worth it!
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Our guide was excellent, we where very pleased with this tour.
Guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Much more so than just reciting from a guide book. She made the tour interesting while respecting the subject. Definite recommendation.
Rihanna did a wonderful job bringing everything to life in this tour. Very interesting and informative.
The guide was amazing and was very knowledgeable.
This tour was fun and interesting, we had a great time.
This was the best tour we did during our time in Rome; our guide was FANTASTIC! Full of really interesting information that was delivered enthusiastically. I would certainly recommend this tour.
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Georgia was an excellent guide she made the tour very interesting and a lot fun. Cant speak highly enough of the tour and in particular Georgia
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Very knowledgeable guide and excellent organisation.
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Pretty interesting, but too long of a tour for what is shown. Could cut it time wise by 1/3 and would be better.
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We were so happy we got to have a second tour with Andrea because his passion makes history come alive. The information he gave on this tour helped us appreciate the crypts and catacombs even more. Such a great experience!
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An excellent tour with a wonderful guide. Kylie was both knowledgeable and friendly, always taking time to answer questions and advise us on other aspects of our trip when called upon. 10/10
Our tour guide was amazing and we had a wonderful time. She was enthusiastic, informative and reassuring. I loved that she continued to add in the importance of remembering that the places we were visiting were places of peace and sacred remembrance for the people who created the bone art and the catacombs. Fantastic evening.
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Marta's incredible knowledge and passion for history along with her communication style made this one of the best tours we have ever been on. She has set the bar extremely high for future guides on our future tours.
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