Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour
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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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Stop At: Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, Via Vittorio Veneto 27, 00187 Rome Italy

Escape the noise and heat of Rome as you explore its cryptic past on the city’s longest running crypts and catacombs tour. Beat the heat with air-conditioned travel and Skip-the-Line access directly down into cool, shadowed spaces that hide layer upon layer of history.

First, you’ll visit the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this secret network of tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs carved out of solid rock, your guide – a local, expert English-speaker – will relate the fascinating history of this sacred spot.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Basilica of San Clemente, Via Labicana 95, 00184 Rome Italy

From here, the coach will whisk you within sight of the Colosseum, to the Basilica of San Clemente. To descend below this structure is to move backwards through time. You’ll travel through the remains of 12th and 4th century basilicas, a 2nd century cult temple and ruins dating as far back as AD 64, when Emperor Nero watched the city burn. Incredibly, the ruins include an aqueduct that still works, after lying buried for centuries.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Catacombe di Santa Domitilla, Via delle Sette Chiese 282, 00147 Rome Italy


Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Museum and Crypt of Capuchins, Via Vittorio Veneto 27, 00187 Rome Italy

Your final destination is the Capuchin Crypt. Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate this somber space in intricate floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of ‘the Bone Chapel’. Your guide will tell you the theories, but it’s up to you to draw your own conclusions about the meaning of the crypt’s robed skeletons and vertebrae chandeliers.

Open your eyes to the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Skip the Line Access
  • Entry/Admission - Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica of San Clemente
  • Entry/Admission - Catacombe di Santa Domitilla
  • Entry/Admission - Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required for entry into some of the sites on this tour. Knees and shoulders must be covered
  • No photos can be taken inside the venue during the tour
  • Not recommended for those who are effected by claustrophobia
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Brandon c
5 | 2019-09-27

Nice tour and nice tour guide.. I would recommend .. as always I would recommend your company allow more time in the museum

5 | 2019-09-25

This was a great tour filled with interesting facts. The tour is somewhat creepy but you get to understand what happened during that period of time. If you are into historical facts, I would highly recommend this tour.

3 | 2019-09-25

Highlight of this tour was the Franciscan church, with its bone displays. We were unable to take pictures of anything except the exterior. The actual catacombs were disappointing after just visiting the Paris catacombs were we could take pictures.

Christine N
5 | 2019-09-23

The tour was great and our guide Ana Maria was awesome. So glad that we booked this tour. Thank you for the wonderful memories.

Catherine P
5 | 2019-09-18

This tour exceeded our expectations and well worth it! We were impressed by the knowledge of historical facts. Divan was mazing!

cheryl m
3 | 2019-09-17

Was disappointed, ad indicates bones, etc but no bones, no photography, we did learn a lot of information

5 | 2019-09-16

This was so different the any of the other tours. Our guide was fabulous. The catacombs were so interesting. We also visited the Basilica of San Clemente which was incredible. It's a 12th century church, built on a 4th century church, on top of a 2nd century church, all on top of a 1st century church. So amazing. The crypts were the last stops and mind-blowing. Full of bones and amazing history of the Franciscans. They did not enforce the dress code of knees and shoulders being covered.

Mindy B
3 | 2019-09-13

This tour was comprised of 40 people which would divide into two group at the sites. Transportation was by huge charter bus with almost no air conditioning. Our guide was pleasant and knowledgeable. However, we try to avoid those large group tours and that's what this was

5 | 2019-08-26

Our guide Migli made the tour of the crypts and the catacombs so interesting and fun. Migli was extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. This was the tour choice of my 18 year old son and we all were a bit skeptical but it was awesome. For a tour that is not your typical Roman ruins we highly recommend this tour and Migli!

Stuart M
5 | 2019-08-26

Organisation was very good and definitely a trip worth taking. Excellent opportunity. Our guide Anna Marie was energetic and engaging.

5 | 2019-08-22

I would strongly recommend this tour to anybody visiting Rome. The tour offers the view and history of Rome which not a lot of people are familiar with nevertheless very fascinating. The Capuchin crypts, the catacombs, and the Basilica of San Clemente are incredible places to visit. In addition, this is not much walking on the tour so it is great alternative for a little break from all the other walking only tours. Our tour guide, Ana Maria, was intelligent and funny and very knowledgeable and beautiful. She kept our attention but telling us interesting facts, stories and legends.

Christal W
5 | 2019-08-22

Jon was our guide and he was excellent. You will be lucky if you get him. He was well informed, interesting, and funny. The tour is quite interesting....seeing all the skulls at the first stop is beautiful and disturbing. The catacombs are fascinating. You will learn a lot about the history of Rome on the tour. There is a good amount of walking involved so if you have mobility issues, beware.

Joseph G
5 | 2019-08-21

The guides were fantastic! Very knowledgeable. Very interesting and not as scrappy as it looks. We recommend it highly.

Joseph L
5 | 2019-08-20

My girlfriend and I were not disappointed with this tour at all! The catacombs were amazing! St. Clemente’s Basilica was breath taking! The Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini was a one of kind experience! Our tour guide, Monica was knowledgable, sweet and friendly. She went well above and beyond!! Thanks Monica!!

1 | 2019-08-19

This tour include : roman catacombs. Basilica San Clemente and Capuchin Crypt. Our guide, Cami, tried to explain what she knew and it was ok. Basilica San Clemente is the masterpiece of this tour because you can see a very old basilica, with an impressive mosaic inside, you can imagine to some extent, what christianity mean in the old time. Capuchin Crypt are exposed human bones, without any protection. The air is hard to be inspired and I don't think they have medical permission and proves that it is safe to stay for an hour in that atmosphere. Because of the Capuchin Crypt I do not recommend this tour. It is not horror, it is unsafe in my opinion.

Alyson C
5 | 2019-08-16

John was the best tour guide that we had in Rome! This was such a cool adventure- in more ways than one! We had booked the tour when it was a heat advisory day in Rome, which was perfect, because this tour takes you below ground into three different underground spots throughout the city. John was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about his job, and we appreciated the humor and puns that he brought to the tour, especially when discussing such grim topics. A very cool way to see a different view of the city! I would absolutely take this tour again with John in the future!

3 | 2019-08-08

The tour was provided by CityWonders. It was sold as a small tour but there were 22 on our tour and we then shared a vehicle with another group of the same size so not really small at all. Each group got its own guide but they did not provide us with headsets (like they did on the colosseum tour) which meant it was very difficult to hear out guide, especially when she was standing next to the other group with their guide. Also, a tour size of 22 is too big for the crypts and catacombs. Our guide was pleasant enough but she seemed slightly overwhelmed by it all. The tour was also advertised as 'skip the line' although when we went there were no queues so I'm not sure this was necessary.

Randy B
1 | 2019-08-05

This tour was absolutely terrible. I have used Viator several times over the years. The tour was advertised as a small group walking tour. Anything but. There were over 50 people devided into two groups. Quite frequently, because of the confined spaces in the crypts, one could not get close enough to the guide to hear his talk. Most often, the talk was over when you got close. Terrible

5 | 2019-07-29

Rebecca was great! She was very informative and knowledgeable. You could tell she really enjoyed her job! I would recommend seeing the catacombs!

5 | 2019-07-26

This tour is definitely worth every penny. The information and experience is full of rich historical details and amazing architectural presentation. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and shared interesting facts at each of the three stops. The catacombs were my favorite and the view of 1st century architecture was truly unbelievable. If you are seeking something extremely unique that encompasses Roman history, ruins, religion, and culture without being bored,...this is the tour for you!

2 | 2019-07-25

The main attraction was very cheesy. There was scary music and it wasn’t even underground. The only part that was underground was the tombs which is why I gave it 2 stars.

1 | 2019-07-24

Tour in English but guide did not have command of such. Guide had a trainee who missed the bus and did tour in reverse with his small group. We then had to wait for him and this resulted in a rushed crypt tour as we were late and were asked to leave. Very poor logistics and guide had no clue what to do - calling her office many times. Never again!

5 | 2019-07-23

We did the colosseum and forum tour, and vatican tour... this was honestly better than both. Our tour guide Jon was perfect for explaining what were looking at, bringing his passion into the experience, adding some good ol dad jokes. Great story teller as well. The bus that took us around was big and comfortable, and the guides kept the info coming while on the bus so you really don’t waste any time. The actual crypts and catacombs are very interesting and different from any of the standard Rome tourist attractions. You will not be disappointed!

Amber S
5 | 2019-07-22

I booked this out of curiosity, mostly and was very impressed with everything we saw. We visited 3 locations. I don’t want to post any spoilers because the experience is very unique and culturally valuable and insightful. Our guides, Camila and Andrea have personal buy-in as they are grad students studying related subjects so their explanations were accurate and meaningful.

5 | 2019-07-22

Matteo was a great tour guide! It was a lot of fun and he was considerate of my 7 month old on the trip which I really appreciated. He knew a lot of fun things and it was a great experience

5 | 2019-07-18

This was one of the coolest things that I’ve seen in a long time. The bone crypt is awesome. Max was our guide and was funny, knowledgeable and energetic. He also helped me track down a pair of sunglasses that I lost on the tour. Definitely request Max if you can! Would absolutely recommend to everyone.

Jimmy R
5 | 2019-07-15

My girlfriend and I were blown away by this tour. The flawless way that Isa managed our group was superb. She was very clear and concise about every step of the tour but the wealth of knowledge and the way she presented was the most impressive. The actual sites were breathtaking but the way Isa presented her information was ultimately transforming. Thank you guys for hiring such an outstanding tour guide, we both felt we learned from an Ivy School professor rather than someone just spewing information, Bravo!!!!!!!!!!

5 | 2019-07-11

This was an incredible tour, the group was small enough to always be near one of the guides and hear everything; the guides were excellent, incredibly knowledgeable, funny and friendly. I learned so much and had a great time - I would absolutely recommend this to anyone!

Christiane T
5 | 2019-07-05

Max was an amazing guide! Between showing off the catacombs and the Capuchin monk bones, Max shared stories, myths and tales, all in excellent English that was easy to understand. He was super patient with questions from some of the younger tourists and was able to give great responses. A visit to Rome would not be complete without seeing these historical sites and learning about the history. This walking tour lasted much longer than we expected, but we enjoyed every moment. Thank you Max for a terrific experience.

5 | 2019-07-03

Really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide Andrea was very knowledgeable and informative. Highly recommend.

Etah G
5 | 2019-07-03

We missed our tour because the subway had been closed, so I called customer service immediately. The rep was excellent! She was patient and understanding, and she re-booked us right away for the same tour two days later.

Jennifer E
5 | 2019-07-03

This is a fantastic tour! It was the highlight of the trip! the information was fascinating. We actually visited three different venues and traveled between them on an airconditioned bus. The tour guide, Divan, had great energy and rapport with the group. This tour should be a must on a tour of Rome.

Jonathan S
5 | 2019-07-03

Highly Recommend! Organized and efficient to cover all 3 locations. Ben was our Guide and he did a great job maneuvering through the catacombs while explaining the history and offering local insight.

Jorge A
5 | 2019-07-03

Highly recommend for a very different and interesting tour in Rome. Very reasonably priced for a small tour group.

5 | 2019-07-03

I'm typically not a fan of the macabre but this tour isn't macabre at all. It's much more artistic, even inspiring. The catacombs are a must-see and you definitely need a guide, first of all just to find the place, and then to really take it in. Our guide, Makayla, was great.

5 | 2019-07-03

Our guides went above and beyond our expectations. I believe it was Miley and Devon from South Africa. Devon was our specific guide and he gave us a tremendous amount of knowledge. He is also made recommendations on places to eat. I never new any of the history of the friars or the catacombs

Samantha S
4 | 2019-07-03

We had a wonderful guide who was witty and knowledgeable and who had a genuine affinity for the subject. I found the crypts a bit unsettling but incredible if taken in context. The catacombs, whilst empty were a great glimpse into a period of time I knew nothing about.

5 | 2019-05-09

Very impressive.... you have to see this once in your life. Take the Tour you will have a lot of information and you will be able to appriciate all the details of your visit.

howard f
4 | 2019-04-26

We had a very nice and knowledgeable tour guide. Everything went really well! Would definitely recommend this tour. Totally unique and interesting.

Emily H
5 | 2019-04-01

Our tour guide Rebecca was very thorough and informative. She gave us great information on a interesting subject. We went to three different locations. The tours were short and sweet and we were able to be on the bus between locations. On the bus, they gave us information on the things we were seeing. It was great!

Frank B
5 | 2019-03-18

This tour exceeded anything we imagined. Out guide, Mike, was fantastic, knowledgeable and fun to listen to. To our surprise he was from the USA. We couldn't have asked for anyone better .

Emily E
5 | 2019-03-11

Great tour! The bus made it convenient to see many places underground throughout the city. My son loved the guide. His favorite part was the church. The only regret we have is not bringing along our 9 year old daughter. She was worried it would be scary, and it sounds she would have enjoyed it too!

Anita S
5 | 2019-03-11

Trip Advisor, City Wonders Rome on 8th March. Sean was an excellent guide and had a great sense of humour and lovely personality.

Claudia S
5 | 2019-03-08

What a privilege it was to experience the layers beneath Rome’s streets, the history of architecture and the founding of different religions! Rebecca was a fantastic tour guide with a wealth of knowledge!

5 | 2019-03-05

We have just got back from Rome, we booked 2 trips the VATICAN and This one.....When you walk into the crypt you are actually left speachless, and ask your self WHY!!! This trip is worth every single penny and I would recommend that if you are in Rome to book this trip because you will not believe your eyes....Our guild for the hole tour was called Mikaela and was AMAZING and so knowledgeable about the whole area that we visited The whole trip gets 5 stars from all 8 of our party....And we would all just like to say THANK YOU AGAIN Mikaela from the YORK PARTY.

Charl d
5 | 2019-01-22

We did this tour with our guide Mikaela from City of Wonders and she was absolutely fantastic! We had 3 and 1/2 hours of jam packed information. Even our 12, 14 and 16 year old kids were engaged the entire time and said she was the best tour guide we have had.

5 | 2018-10-22

Our family group of three was guided through the Catacombs and Crypts by Rebecca. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and explained things very well. Her excitement and genuine love of Rome was apparent as she conducted the tours. It was a great day!

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