PRICE

$78.24

(1978)

Key Details

City: Rome


Duration: 3 hrs


Start Time: 2 pm & 9 am

Highlights

  • Visit the most quiet and impressive of Rome's Catacombs in a small group - so you can hear your guide crystal clear

  • See the eerie 'Bone Chapel', covered in the bones of 4,000 friars

  • Discover just how deep the history of Rome goes at a multi-layered (and multi-purpose) Ancient Roman temple/prison/basilica

Tour Description

Visit the best, least-visited Roman Catacombs

There are miles of ancient Christian Catacombs under Rome, but most companies visit the same one. We go the extra distance to take you to one of the less-visited and most peaceful. For a unique experience, we cater for small groups ensuring you can hear your guide at all times - so you can forget headsets, they don’t work underground anyway!

Witness Rome's strangest sight - a crypt lined with the bones of 4,000 monks

In addition to the Roman Catacombs, we visit the Capuchin Bone Crypt - a cemetery literally built from bones! The chambers are decorated with the remains of some 4,000 friars. For kids, it’s a fascinating lesson in anatomy and for adults, a moving reminder of what we’ll all become. The message at the end...

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Visit the best, least-visited Roman Catacombs

There are miles of ancient Christian Catacombs under Rome, but most companies visit the same one. We go the extra distance to take you to one of the less-visited and most peaceful. For a unique experience, we cater for small groups ensuring you can hear your guide at all times - so you can forget headsets, they don’t work underground anyway!

Witness Rome's strangest sight - a crypt lined with the bones of 4,000 monks

In addition to the Roman Catacombs, we visit the Capuchin Bone Crypt - a cemetery literally built from bones! The chambers are decorated with the remains of some 4,000 friars. For kids, it’s a fascinating lesson in anatomy and for adults, a moving reminder of what we’ll all become. The message at the end of crypt says it all: “What you are now, we once were. What we are now, you will be.” However, the monks didn’t intend the site to be a morbid one – but you’ll learn all about that from your expert guide when you visit one of Rome’s most memorable sights.

Step back in time at the Case Romane

Your final stop is the Case Romane del Celio*, an underground excavation of the 3rd-century villa of a wealthy patrician family who had the walls frescoed by some of the finest artists of the day. These lavish decorations have survived with astounding clarity and color, meaning you can still see the decorative figures, tricks of perspective, ceiling moldings and floor tiles.

With comfortable, air-conditioned transport throughout, you won’t have to worry about coordinating metros, buses and private transport from one site to the next. Our guides are handpicked not just for their knowledge, but also their enthusiasm and engagement, so they’ll be happy to answer any questions you can throw at them.

Take a walk with us as we peel back the many layers of Rome, uncovering the secret stories of Christian persecution, strange religious practices and the multi-layered history of Rome.

*Important note: From March 1st 2020 the visit to Case Romane del Celio will be replaced with a walk along the Appian Way to the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, and a visit to the Roman Aqueducts. Please contact us if you have any further queries about this tour.

  • Sites Visited
  • One of the least-visited Roman Catacombs
  • The Capuchin Crypt aka ‘The Bone Chapel’
  • Case Romane del Celio*
  • Included
  • Transport between sites in an air-conditioned minibus
  • Admission to all sites
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups of 18 people or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 1978 Customer Reviews

Andy was an excellent guide, his tour was informative and most enjoyable.

Rod

Sep 18, 2019

Andrea Martin was exceedingly knowledgeable and entertaining with his commentaries. The crypts and catacombs were fascinating, and visiting a true archeological dig was something not available to everyone. A great adventure! The only reason for a 4-star, rather than 5-star, on customer service is the response before leaving the States. I was assured that there were a minimum of stairs and ample places to sit for a quick rest. Neither was exactly the case in actuality. The tour should carry a statement that these are not designed for physically limited visitors. I did enjoy the tour but it was quite demanding.

Cheryl

Sep 30, 2019

Our friends took this tour. We chose to take a pasta making class instead. Your survey wouldn’t let me exit ....so I just gave the tour four stars .

Candice

Sep 26, 2019

It's a shame that the group had not bothered reading the full tour guide. You made it very clear that it was a long walk and that you would need to cover knees and shoulders at some locations. I am not sure why but three dropped out due to the exercise and several wore inappropriate clothing. Maybe put it in red bold capitals and they may then read it. The guide was amazing and full of energy. Very enjoyable.

Alison

Sep 23, 2019

Allegra

Sep 21, 2019

Giulia is amazing 😉

Federico

Sep 20, 2019

Andy was an excellent guide, his tour was informative and most enjoyable.

Rod

Sep 18, 2019

Andrea Martin was exceedingly knowledgeable and entertaining with his commentaries. The crypts and catacombs were fascinating, and visiting a true archeological dig was something not available to everyone. A great adventure! The only reason for a 4-star, rather than 5-star, on customer service is the response before leaving the States. I was assured that there were a minimum of stairs and ample places to sit for a quick rest. Neither was exactly the case in actuality. The tour should carry a statement that these are not designed for physically limited visitors. I did enjoy the tour but it was quite demanding.

Cheryl

Sep 30, 2019

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Important Information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

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