Rome Capuchin Crypts and Catacombs Underground Tour

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Rome Capuchin Crypts and Catacombs Underground Tour


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DURATION: 3.5 hours

TIME: 9:50am, 2:30pm

FREQUENCY: Every day


MEETING POINT: Piazza Barberini

Descend into the chill of Rome’s mysterious underworld on a crypts and catacombs tour. Travel by an air-conditioned coach and use skip-the-line access directly into three fascinating archaeological finds. Visit the Capuchin Crypt, explore the Roman Catacombs, and discover the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere.


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Crypts and Catacombs Tour Highlights

  • Visit the eerie Capuchin Crypt, decorated with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin Monks
  • See a painting by Caravaggio and relics from the life of St. Francis
  • Explore the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere, a historic underground church
  • Enjoy a stress-free experience with skip-the-line entry at all three sites
  • Discover Rome’s catacombs, hidden burial site with early Christian history


  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Guide
  • Capuchin Crypts and Museum entry ticket
  • Capuchin Crypts and Museum audio guide
  • Roman Catacombs entry ticket
  • Entry to the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips


Meet your guide in the centre of Piazza Barberini, by the large Triton fountain to begin the activity. Piazza Barberini is located at the metro stop Barberini on metro line A (red line).

First, visit the Capuchin Crypt on an audio guide tour. Capuchin monks used the bones of their nearly 4,000 brothers to intricately decorate the floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of “the Bone Chapel”.

From here you’ll be driven on a comfortable coach to the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this network of secret tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs made of solid rock, your local expert guide will describe the intriguing history of this sacred spot.

Next, travel to the Basilica San Nicola in Carcere, where you’ll explore its ruins, descend beneath the altar, and unearth atmospheric remains of ancient temples hidden beneath the church. The historic Forum Holitorium, an ancient market surrounded by Republican-era temples, lies concealed beneath the basilica, adding layers to the city’s rich history.


  • Guests with wheelchairs, strollers, baby carriages, or any impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated.
  • Sleeveless shirts and shorts not allowed.


  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

4 reviews for Rome Capuchin Crypts and Catacombs Underground Tour

  1. 5 out of 5

    João Michael Vital Cavalcante

    Excellent guide!!! She made our experience even better than expected.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Multiple guides because of multiple locations. This was such an interesting and cool tour. Guides language skills and knowledge were great! Loved every minute – Well run, well organized and super informative. Guides are friendly, sincere and do a great job. I remember Vanessa and Sabrina specifically.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Peter perfectly delivered amazing history, stories and jokes through the entire tour. The pace of information was great to keep up with easily while being given time to think and appreciate the places around you. We could tell how much Peter knew about of what he spoke and he was one of the best tour guides I have had. He was happy to answer questions and made everyone feel comfortable asking them though his great answers. One of the best parts of the tour is the information Peter gave as we drove from one place to the other, if there was something of interest along the way it was talked about and it really helped us put other things we had seen on our holiday into context.

  4. 5 out of 5


    The guides were very knowledgeable about historical sites we visited. The tour was organized and easy to find at the meeting point. The bus ride to the second site was enjoyable, relaxing, and, the opportunity to see a little bit of Rome. Both guides really seemed to enjoy giving a tour and presenting the information. We would definitely recommend this tour.

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