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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 346 Customer Reviews

Shannon was exceptional, patient and very knowledgeable about Rome and the history of the catacombs and crypt. highly recommend this tour.
Valerio was great. Very informative and interesting tour. So engaging and personable and also gave us great tips on choosing excellent restaurants in Rome! Wonderful and unusual tour--especially at night; I highly recommend it!!
The tour was so interesting, the crypts and catacombs were amazing and have so much history. Our tour guide was lovely and had so much knowledge about Rome we learnt so much. This was definitely one of the best things to see in Rome and I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting.

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.

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Shannon was exceptional, patient and very knowledgeable about Rome and the history of the catacombs and crypt. highly recommend this tour.
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Valerio was great. Very informative and interesting tour. So engaging and personable and also gave us great tips on choosing excellent restaurants in Rome! Wonderful and unusual tour--especially at night; I highly recommend it!!
This was a very interesting tour, with an excellent guide! The organization and promptness of the tour was very good, and our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. This tour provided not only a visual experience, but also much background information was explained by the guide, which made the experience completely wonderful. Kudos to Walks of Italy for providing exciting and informative tours, with tour guides that are intelligent and friendly!
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The tour was so interesting, the crypts and catacombs were amazing and have so much history. Our tour guide was lovely and had so much knowledge about Rome we learnt so much. This was definitely one of the best things to see in Rome and I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting.
Melanie was so lovely she was engaging from the start kept the tour interesting and would definitely recommend this tour to anyone. Thanks was the best tour we did in Rome
Our guide was wonderful— energetic & interesting as was the tour itself— highly recommend
This tour was amazing! Barbara was very knowledgeable and I learned a lot about Roman history that I never knew before. Loved the tour!
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Anna was brilliant! Very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. We had a wonderful tour, thank you!!
We really enjoyed this tour. Valerio was our tour guide and he was fantastic! So knowledgeable, friendly and even gave us some tips on finding good restaurants in the city.
Shannon was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and helpful with answering questions both related to the tour and about traveling in Italy in general. Would book again.
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Fantastic and knowledgable guide!!
This is a "must do" tour if one is visiting Rome! Anna was a superb tour guide--her style was very engaging and she addressed all the questions the group had. I highly recommend this Walks of Italy tour!
Awesome tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Loved it!!!
Awesome tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Loved it!!!
Shannon was excellent. Very easy to listen to and knowledgeable.
Melanie is a fanstastic guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining. The after hours tour was the best. I can’t imagine being down in the catacombs when it is jammed with tourists. So glad we decided to do this tour at last minute. Well worth it!
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This tour was a favorite of both my daughters. Shannon was extremely knowledgeable and the after hours/no crowd aspect was wonderful. I’ve already recommended this tour to other families. Thank you!
This was a fascinating tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. It was probably our favorite of the three ‘Walks’ tours we booked.
Melanie was terrific! Very informative and entertaining.
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Sara was incredible. Loved every moment of this tour with her.
Melanie was fantastic and we enjoyed her tour very much we even recommended Walks of Italy the next day to a fellow tourist we met during a dinner
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Sara was great and knowledgeable!
This was my favourite tour by far. The Capuchin crypts weirded out my husband but I found them absolutely fascinating. The catacombes of Santa Priscilla were also amazing, housing so much early christian history. Our guide was fantastic, she was extremely knowledgable & passionate about this tour. A small group with after hours access was great as we were not wading through crowds & talking over others, we were able to enjoy the tour with ease.
Interesting and informative tour. Very well presented by our guide Sara.
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Riann was the best! While we were in Rome we did a handful of tours and Riann was the greatest! She was punctual, knowledgeable, and had a great energy and true passion for the subject. We loved her. Thank you for a great tour!
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I really like this tour -- especially it was small groups and we avoided the crowds. I believe our guide's name was Andrea and he did a professional job of walking us through as well as history being the crypts and catacombs. A good mix of both.
Very good job - enjoyed it. Very informative.
Really enjoyed this tour and got a lot out of it. Our guide Rhianne(?) was great very enthusiastic Thanks Andrew & Chris
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We really enjoyed the tour. She was great, very knowledgable and the tour was highly informative. I’d happily recommend it. She was really attentive to the group - kept a firm track on the numbers and was happy to answer all questions. Really enjoyed it.
Mike was awesome. Great job and excellent tour
Wonderful tour with a great guide. I would highly recommend it.
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Enjoyed our tour with Andrea. Very informative and well organised. After hours tour excellent.