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Capuchin Crypt and Catacombs After-Hours Tour with Exclusive Access

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  • After-hours tour of the Catacombs of Priscilla with privileged access
  • Visit the Capuchin Crypt
  • Visit the underground tunnels of the Catacombs of Priscilla
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Capuchin Crypt and Catacombs After-Hours Tour with Exclusive Access
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Capuchin Crypt and Catacombs After-Hours Tour with Exclusive Access
From US$72.87
Overview
Visit the Capuchin Crypt, also known as Rome's Bone Chapel, and discover the city's bygone secrets, tucked away beneath the streets. You'll then enjoy a walk around the church to see its bone decorations up close. Continue to the centuries-old Catacombs of Priscilla where Rome's early Christians gathered to pray and bury their dead, with special exclusive access after the doors close to the general public.
What to Expect

This unforgettable tour of the crypts and catacombs that lay under the modern city of Rome offers Exclusive After-Hours access to the Catacombs of Priscilla. This tour takes you deeper into the unusual history of Rome, far below its busy streets and towering monuments. Visit the concealed side of this ancient city with an itinerary combining two of the most uncommon, mysterious and outlandish sights the Eternal City has to offer.

We begin with the impressive Capuchin Crypt, known locally as the ‘Bone Chapel’. Here Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate the walls and ceilings in intricate designs. You’ll see a real skull and crossbones, vertebrae chandeliers and full skeletons in their robes before drawing your own conclusions on the meaning of this macabre, yet intriguing place of prayer. The museum annex is also home to Caravaggio's masterpiece 'St. Francis in Meditation'.

After a short transfer by air-conditioned bus, you begin your visit to the ancient Catacombs of Priscilla.  With an expert, English-speaking guide on hand, you’ll explore these extensive tunnels lined with tombs carved right out of the rock, and hear the fascinating history of these sacred places. Here you have the privilege of experiencing the Catacombs when their doors are closed to the general public, as this tour has exclusive access during your visit. This allows for a special, intimate experience while you discover this incredible treasure without having to share it with any other visitors. Dating back almost 2,000 years to the 2nd century AD, this extensive network of tunnels snaking underground was once both a burial ground and a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome.

Get ready to have your assumptions about Rome turned upside down on this incredibly unique journey of discovery.
Reviews (17)
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Reviewed 17 October 2018
Capuchin crypt was definitely the highlight

Booked this tour through city wonders , the capuchin crypt wasn’t what we was expecting from the photo you expect walls made from the skulls of the 4000 monks it was so much more ! I don’t want to spoilt it by saying what the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 79cherrys
Reviewed 11 October 2018
Mike with City Wonders was an absolutely amazing tour guide!!

The Crypts and Catacombs tour was made especially fantastic thanks to our funny, informative, guide, Mike, with City Wonders! This was our first trip to Rome (4 of us from Tulsa, OK) and we met new friends from Tulsa on this tour. Ask for Mike...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kimthiessen
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile
Well Worth the Visit

My wife and I along with another couple traveling through Italy heard about this location but weren't sure what to expect from the tour - it was a great! Our guide Valerio was so well informed and kept the group (kept small unlike many other...More

Thank Steven J
Reviewed 17 September 2018
Mike is Amazing and so are the Crypts

We had tour guide Mike on a day trip out to a few crypts and catacombs, culminating in a walking tour through the Capuchin Crypt/bone chapel. This was a phenomenal tour - Mike was very funny, informative, and knowledgeable; and the sites are awe-inspiring, thought-provoking,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MattH1771
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile
Fab and info packed tour with Mike

We did this tour on our second day (and my first Rome trip) in Rome. Mike was very friendly and professional (and a fellow Californian). Be prepared for some light humor throughout the tour - it was greatly appreciated. All joking aside, the tour was...More

Thank Claire K
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25lindab2000
11 September 2018|
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Response from VWagner2013 | Reviewed this property |
There are two parts to the tour. The capuchin tombs and then you get on a bus to the catacombs. All together, it took about 2.5 hours.
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740gautamn
7 July 2018|
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Response from VWagner2013 | Reviewed this property |
Not spooky at all. It just means that you are the last group in and no one else is around. It's great! Highly recommend it.
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Suntastic123
27 April 2018|
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Response from S8352LCmarkm | Reviewed this property |
Not sure what you mean by picked up there, there is usually a meeting spot. The location to meet is set up by the tour company. The tour usually lasts, as did ours about 2 hours. To me the Capuchin portion; bodies/skeletons... More
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