Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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from €48.60 EUR
Duration: 3.5 Hours
 Organized by: City Wonders Ltd.
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Unearth the hidden world beneath Rome’s bustling streets on this captivating crypts and catacombs tour. Venture into the city’s most enigmatic sites, from the chilling Capuchin Crypt to the ancient Christian catacombs. Discover the rich history and stunning artistry that lies beneath the Eternal City’s surface.

The Catacombs: A Hidden Sanctuary for Early Christians

Embark on a journey into the subterranean world of the catacombs, a labyrinthine network of tunnels that served as a sanctuary for early Christians. Beneath the oppressive gaze of their persecutors, these faithful individuals practiced their religion in secret, using the catacombs as a place of worship and burial.

As you traverse the solid rock tombs, your knowledgeable local guide will unveil the intriguing history of these sacred spaces, bringing the past to life before your eyes.

Basilica San Martino ai Monti: A Treasure Trove of Art and History

Step back in time as you visit the Basilica San Martino ai Monti, a church that dates back to the 4th century. Located near the edge of the Parco del Colle Oppio, this magnificent edifice houses stunning frescoes created by renowned artists such as Pietro Testa, Matteo Riccione, and Giannangiolo Canini. Gaze upon the exquisite artwork that adorns the church walls and marvel at the intricate details within the Chapel of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, a testament to the devotion and craftsmanship of the past.

Capuchin Crypt: A Macabre Masterpiece

Descend into the haunting Capuchin Crypt, a unique and eerie space where the bones of nearly 4,000 Capuchin monks have been used to create elaborate floor-to-ceiling designs. This chilling chamber has earned the fitting moniker “the Bone Chapel.” With the aid of an audio guide, delve into the history and meaning behind this macabre masterpiece, and gain a new perspective on the city’s hidden side that will forever change the way you see Rome.

Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

Unravel the mysteries beneath Rome’s vibrant streets as you embark on a fascinating journey through the city’s crypts and catacombs. With the guidance of an expert English-speaking tour guide, you’ll uncover the secrets of ancient Christian sanctuaries, marvel at stunning works of art, and explore the macabre beauty of the Capuchin Crypt. With seamless transfers and skip-the-line entry, this tour offers an unparalleled experience of Rome’s enigmatic underworld. Book your spot today and witness the hidden depths of the Eternal City!

Highlights
  • Enjoy an immersive experience with an English-speaking tour guide
  • Journey into the eerie Capuchin Crypt, adorned with the bones of 4,000 monks
  • Marvel at a Caravaggio painting and St. Francis relics at the Capuchin Museum
  • Explore the Basilica San Martino ai Monti and the Chapel of Our Lady of Carmel
  • Experience seamless transfers between sites in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach
  • Maximize your time with skip-the-line entry at all three locations
What's Included
  • Trip based on description,
  • English-speaking tour guide,
  • Small groups of 20 individuals or less,
  • Admission to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum,
  • Admission to the Catacombs,
  • Admission to the church and underground area of Basilica San Clemente,
  • All transfers by air-conditioned coach.
What's not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off.
Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day before tour starts.

Useful Info

The catacombs, of which there are 67 known ones in Rome, are underground cemeteries, the Christian burial grounds of the first four centuries. Sanctuaries were later built near the crypts of the martyrs. Despite the Roman authorities’ disapproval of the early Christians, their respect for the dead was too great to allow the catacombs to be damaged, and much has survived.

Many galleries were rediscovered in the 19th century having been abandoned or forgotten, and in the 1840s Pope Gregory XVI took measures to preserve this evidence of early Christian history. The catacombs are important for their inscriptions, and they contain some of the earliest surviving examples of Christian art.

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