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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 38 Customer Reviews

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.

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.
All of our guides were top-notch and really knew their history and facts about each of the sites we visited. Would recommend Walking Tours of Italy to all of our friends and family. Well-run tours - the listening devices were terrific and easy to use. Very good to have them, especially in the crowds. Well done!!
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.
Our guide was so passionate about her field and the things she was showing us, that it was infectious. Her energy and enthusiasm made us care about the history and story behind the things she was showing. She was funny and very personable. Despite being stuck in traffic for 30 minutes, the comfort of the van made it very pleasant and more than tolerable.
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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.
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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.
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Shannon was outstanding!!!! What a great guide and great tour!
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I took roughly 8 tours through various companies while in Italy and this was my favorite. The crypt is beautiful and fascinating and the catacombs are full of information and intrigue. Our guide was excellent. I believe her name was Mariah. She was my favorite guide I had among all tours - she was friendly, knowledgeable, funny, and felt like a friend giving us an inside scoop on Italy. She was fantastic.
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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!
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Andrea has been an excellent performer. Always smiling, marvellous english, very kind guy: his experience as a Tour Escort is very evident, and he used it in a perfect way, despite of the rain. It's necessary to think about a theatrical conclusion for the Tour: I have a personal idea about it, I'll try it when I'll have the chance to Guide my first group in this Tour :)
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This was my husbands favorite tour! Very exciting!
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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!
We had the best time on this tour! My boyfriend and I visited Italy for one week and did many tours with guides. This one was by far the best! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and you could tell that he was incredibly passionate about what he does. We learned so much from Andreas and would have loved to have him be our tour guide for the rest of the tours we did while in Rome. Thank you much
Fantastic evening! There were only 8 people in our group, and this made the tour very personal and comfortable. The guide, Kaylee (sp?) was so knowledgeable and we learned way more than just the history of the catacombs/Capuchin monks. She was easy to understand, open to questions, and very passionate about the history/art/significance of what we were seeing. It did not feel like a touristic tour, but a personal guide through some really fascinating and strange areas! The Capuchin monks segment was a bit short, as I would have liked more time to stare at the macabre settings, but all in all, I wouldn't change a thing. The fact that we could do this tour at night, with minimal to no other visitors, really made it the perfect evening. Highly recommend!
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.