Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a 3.5-hour walking trip. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship areas during this fascinating exploration into the history of Rome.
- Go to the spooky Capuchin Crypt, embellished with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin Monks,
- See a painting by Caravaggio and relics from the life of St. Francis at the Capuchin Museum,
- Explore 12th-century San Clemente Basilica, built over a 4th-century basilica,
- Enjoy a stress-free experience with skip-the-line entry at all 3 sites, and transfer in between them in air-conditioned luxury.
- 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.
- Hotel pick-up and drop off.
Free cancellation up to 1 day before tour starts.
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.