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  • Rome: Catacombs & Crypts Tour with Roman Aqueducts

    1. Rome: Catacombs & Crypts Tour with Roman Aqueducts

    Escape the crowds of the Colosseum and Vatican, and explore the darker side of Rome on a 3-hour and 15-minute small group tour of the ancient catacombs and crypts. Venture to parts of the city that few visitors ever see, traveling between sites by air-conditioned minibus. First, follow your guide to 3 memorable sites, each revealing the extraordinary secrets of Ancient Rome. They include the labyrinthine Roman Catacombs that were part burial ground and part refuge for the persecuted early Christians of Ancient Rome. Then, visit the Capuchin Crypt, known locally as the “Bone Chapel,” and marvel at the walls, decorated with the bones more than 4,000 monks. To finish out the day in style, visit perhaps one of the most spectacular sites in all of Rome - the Roman Aqueducts. Enjoy time to explore and understand this monumental landmark from a stunning vantage point.

    Andrea is the best guide ever! He made a lot of jokes and can talk very interesting. If we come back to Rome we will look for him ;) Greetz, belgium girls.

  • Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel Visit

    2. Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel Visit

    Beneath the sun-baked streets of Rome lie cool, shadowed spaces that hide layer upon layer of history. Beat the heat with air-conditioned travel and Skip-the-Line access directly down into three different, but equally fascinating archaeological finds. First, you’ll visit 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 carved out of solid rock, your guide – a local, expert English speaker – will relate the fascinating history of this sacred spot. From here, the coach will take you back within the city walls to the Basilica of San Martino ai Monti. Located near the edge of the Parco del Colle Oppio, this unassuming church dates back to the 4th century. Admire the stunning frescoes by artists such as P...

    History tinged with humor provided such perspective on our western world ancestors

  • Rome: Capuchin Crypts Skip-the-Line Entrance Tickets

    3. Rome: Capuchin Crypts Skip-the-Line Entrance Tickets

    Start your visit at the Capuchin Museums to learn about the place's culture and spirituality. Continue towards the Crypt of the Three Skeletons, the only area where the human skeleton can be seen in its unadorned entirety. Next, visit the Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones. Admire the Crypt of the Pelvises, which contains 2 Capuchins serenely reclining in an arched position. Look at the crosses on the ground, which mark the graves of the 7 Capuchins. Stroll through the Crypt of the Skulls and check out its famous hourglass. Learn about how, when the Capuchins left their old friary near the Trevi Fountain, they decided to transfer the bones of friars who had been buried under the Church of Saint Bonaventure. In accordance with Capuchin law, which did not allow burials to take place within the churches, an underground cemetery was designed. Here, they deposited the bones brought from...

    Very interesting and cool to see all the bones! Didn't know much about the crypts of capuchin before coming to Rome but I think it is a hidden gem and must to see! The tour wasn't too long so didn't take up too much of the day and close by the Spanish steps so could see other popular tourist attractions nearby. Our guide Guilano was informative and kept the topic light with some jokes since seeing bones can be pretty dark.

  • Catacombs of Rome: Bus Tour with Capuchin Crypt

    4. Catacombs of Rome: Bus Tour with Capuchin Crypt

    Beneath the sun-baked streets of Rome lie cool, shadowed spaces that hide layer upon layer of history. Beat the heat with air-conditioned travel and access directly down into three different, but equally fascinating archaeological finds. Admire 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 carved out of the solid rock, your guide – a local, expert English-speaker – will relate the fascinating history of this sacred spot. Visit 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 yo...

  • Crypts, Catacombs & Dark Heart of Rome Supersaver Tour

    5. Crypts, Catacombs & Dark Heart of Rome Supersaver Tour

    Delve into the unusual aspects of Rome’s history on 2 unique tours that introduce you to the ancient city's darker dimensions. Kick-off this full day with a crypts and catacombs tour that visits 3 unforgettable sites in the Eternal City. Your tour begins at the ancient Roman Catacombs. Dating back to the second century A.D. this extensive network of tunnels winds it way beneath the city. Established in the days when Nero was torturing Christians, the tunnels became a place of burial, as well as refuge and celebration. The next stop is the Basilica San Clemente, another site that few visitors ever see. Descend from a 12th century Basilica down through a huge 4th-century basilica, a 2nd-century sanctuary of the mysterious Mithraic cult and, finally, to ruins dating back to the reign of Nero and the Great Fire of 64 AD. Finish off this part of the tour with a visit to the Capuchin Crypt,...

    We only got to see 2 of the three catacombs due to a funeral at one of the churches that houses that catacomb, but were advised that a portion is being refunded because of that. There are also no photos allowed inside of the tombs - possibly due to the damaging effects of the flash to the frescos. The first catacomb did not have any remains with exception of one spot. A lot fo background information on the burial process along with wonderful paintings. The next was an active monastery where the remains were pieced together into artwork. Our tour guide, Julieta was very informative. The dark heart tour was 3 hours later and on the otherside of Central Rome. This was a walking tour to several spots with stories of dark/gruesome moments in Romes past that ends at Castel Sant'Angelo with the most gruesome story. For this part of the tour I suggest that one use the restroom prior as well as bring some water as you are continually walking and not any public restrooms at the end.

  • Rome: Capuchin Crypt & Museum Tour with Choral Concert

    6. Rome: Capuchin Crypt & Museum Tour with Choral Concert

    Tour Rome's underground burial chambers and crypts to discover a history that predates Christianity, and post-dates the Renaissance. This 1-hour tour takes you back to a time when Christianity was considered a cult and its members were executed as heretics and buried as martyrs. You will see hundreds of burial chambers, from modest single sites to extravagant family tombs, in the long corridors of the underground city. First, visit the Capuchin Crypt and Museum for an encounter with Caravaggio’s magnificent “St. Francis in Meditation” canvas, along with masterpieces by Domenichino and Reni. See relics from the life of St. Francis and some of his followers. The Crypt is decorated with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks, including a real skull and crossbones and chandeliers made of human vertebrae. Then, attend a choral concert by the renowned Schola Romana Ensemble inside the Basilica o...

    The guide and singers seemed genuinely happy to be there for the group. Excellent historical knowledge from the tour guide and the quartet of singers provided a musical experience that was one of our favourite experiences in Rome. A great way to appreciate history and music in a beautiful setting.

  • Rome: Capuchin Crypt Private Guided Tour

    7. Rome: Capuchin Crypt Private Guided Tour

    Enter the Church of Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins, and get an introduction to the history of the church and the Capuchin monks. Admire masterpieces by Reni and Muziano and see hundreds of portraits of the monks. The deeper you go, the darker the atmosphere gets. In the crypt, see the bones of 4,000 friars that cover the walls, floors, and ceiling arches. Discover the history of this fascinating location and learn how it came to be full of so many corpses. Hear about the Capuchin Cardinal Antonio Barberini, and why he ordered the remains of thousands of Capuchin friars to be exhumed and transferred here.  Look inside the 5 subterranean chapels and marvel at a macabre work of art of intact skeletons draped with Franciscan habits and bones arranged in elaborate designs. Discover the ghoulish sign that reads, "What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be."

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Very interesting and cool to see all the bones! Didn't know much about the crypts of capuchin before coming to Rome but I think it is a hidden gem and must to see! The tour wasn't too long so didn't take up too much of the day and close by the Spanish steps so could see other popular tourist attractions nearby. Our guide Guilano was informative and kept the topic light with some jokes since seeing bones can be pretty dark.

I loved the way the guide made sure we know the proper historical context before we headed to the actual crypts. The whole tour was done with so much respect for the remains of the monchs inside, the guide was also doing his best to make us feel comfortable during the tour by disarming the atmosphere with light jokes and checking in with us whether we are not feeling light headed. Overall, really worth a visit

The tour guide was amazing, very knowledgeable and made the subject very interesting. Although not an easy topic to discuss and present as part of history, it gave me the opportunity to reflect on life after the visit.

Great tour of the catacombs, particularly the Capuchin Crypt. Max was a great guide, both knowledgeable and funny, and the bus was comfortable and air-conditioned, yay!

Excellent tour, the three stops where just what me and my friend wanted to see and so much more.