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Small-Group Tour Crypts the Bone Chapel and Catacombs

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Overview
Explore Rome’s many layers of history on this guided walking tour through some of its most religiously significant—and perhaps creepiest—sites. With visits to lesser-known catacombs and crypts, including the Capuchin bone crypt, you see a different side of Rome that many travelers miss, hearing guide commentary along the way. A small group size means plenty of time to ask questions.
Highlights
  • Visit lesser-known catacombs like the Catacomb of Santa Priscilla 
  • Travel with a small group in tunnels where larger ones simply can’t fit
  • Great way to escape the heat during the summer months
  • Gain insight into the history of early Christianity in Rome
What to Expect
Your tour begins in one of the city’s most compelling Roman catacombs, where persecuted Christians were once buried. Your guide leads your small group and tells you about the early history of Christianity. Walk along atmospheric tunnels to see frescos and religious depictions. Next, head to the Capuchin bone crypt, an underground cemetery festooned with the remains of thousands of Capuchin friars. Learn why monks consider the macabre sight life-affirming. The next stop is Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere, built on the site of Roman temples and markets dating back to the first and fourth centuries BC. See the original structures, which are built into the existing church and left exposed. Head topside, and bid your guide arrivederci.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Fontana del Tritone, Piazza Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h 15m
Return Details
1: Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
2: Piramide, 00154 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Inclusions
  • Transport between sites in an air-conditioned bus
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Admission to all sites
  • Entry/Admission - Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
  • Entry/Admission - Catacombe San Sebastiano
  • Entry/Admission - Case Romane del Celio
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour
  • Photography is not allowed in the sites visited on this tour, due to their religious nature
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Ferederico was our guide and he was so knowledgeable and passionate about this tour. He was excellent! We walked through the crypts and catacombs underground.....fascinating (and a little creepy) but Ferederico gave us an intense history of each. We went to the bone museum and
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Small-Group Tour Crypts the Bone Chapel and Catacombs
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hello uksean1, Thank you for your review! We are absolutely delighted to learn that you had such a wonderful Frederico as we strive to select the best guides Rome has to offer, and we are glad it shows! The Crypts and Catacombs underground can be a lot to take but is absolutely fascinating, and we thank you for choosing Walks to share this experience with. We hope that you will get the chance to tour with us again soon! All the best, The Walks Team
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We had an Australian gentleman named Andy as a tour guide, he was very knowledgeable and injected a bit of appropriate humor into otherwise somber and ancient sites. I never felt myself lacking enough information. When the tour was complete, he pointed my group to a lovely
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Small-Group Tour Crypts the Bone Chapel and Catacombs
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Jelani F, It is great to hear that our guide Andy was able to keep the mood of your Crypts and Catacombs tour lighthearted while sharing his passion and knowledge! It is a fascinating experience for those of us interested in more offbeat attractions, and we are delighted that you chose to join us for it! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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During our trip we used Walks of Italy for a total of 4 tours and thoroughly enjoyed all of the tours. I believe our guide's name for this tour was Shannon and she did a great job. She was very enthusiastic and informative. There were 3 locations involved in this tour.
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Small-Group Tour Crypts the Bone Chapel and Catacombs
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hello Llthompson13, Thank you for your feedback from your recent Crypts and Catacombs tour, we are delighted that you chose to walk with us. It is lovely to hear that Shannon did such a great job sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge, and that you enjoyed the experience with us! Hopefully you will join us again on your next exciting trip to Italy, we would be thrilled to have you back. Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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Super awesome tour. The bone chapel was amazingly beautiful and catacombs a bit creepy, but that was exactly what we were looking for. Our guide (I can't remember her name, but she was from the UK) really really knew her stuff! Great jokes and great stories. Thank you!
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Small-Group Tour Crypts the Bone Chapel and Catacombs
Responded 5 weeks ago
Thank you for your kind review! We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your Catacombs tour with Rhianne. She is truly passionate about what she does, and is a wealth of knowledge on the subject at hand!
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We had a fun time doing the tour, and the guide was very friendly, and helpful with answering questions. The Bone Chapel was amazing, just wish photos were permitted.
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Small-Group Tour Crypts the Bone Chapel and Catacombs
Responded 9 Oct 2019
We are thrilled to hear that you had a good time touring the Bone Chapel and Catacombs with us! Thank you for your review.
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