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Discover the imperial and early Christian Rome by digging back layers and millenniums of history as you descend into the Eternal City’s underground burial chambers! This tour takes you to the crypts and catacombs of Rome from different historical eras in diverse locations, the Domitilla Catacombs, and Church of San Clemente along with an exclusive viewing at the Capuchin Crypt and skip-the-line access.
Beginning in the centre of Piazza Barberini by the Triton fountain in the city of Rome, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach from here. Our first stop for the day is the Domitilla Catacombs, the Eternal city’s underground burial chambers where long winding passages unfold millennia of history, taking you to a time when Christianity was considered a simple cult whose members were executed as pagans and buried as martyrs. You will see paintings on the walls of Nereo y Aquileo before continuing on to Basilica San Clemente where the sound of running water drove one clergyman to dig his way through the floor tiles. It was built on the site of an ancient 4th century church, built over an even older Roman house containing Christian artefacts and a pagan temple with ruins reaching 57-feet deep.
Your journey through the centuries ends with a bang at perhaps the most memorable site we visit on any of our tours – the Capuchin Crypt. Here the remains of 4,000 Capuchin monks literally rest in pieces - just skip the queue and enjoy an exclusive viewing of the Crypt.
About the Supplier: Combing sightseeing with storytelling Dark Rome Tours are known for their immersive and detailed tours of historic locations.
3.5 hoursStart time
Make your way to the centre of Piazza Barberini by the Triton fountain.
Getting There: You can take the metro to Barberini (Line A) or bus (60, 61, 62, 71 and 415).
Your guide will be waiting wearing a blue City Wonders/Guideman polo shirts or jacket.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start to attend the pre-departure briefing.
Piazza Barberini or Piazza della Repubblica
Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)
Please remember to dress according to the dress code - knees and shoulders should be covered for both men and women.
Don’t forget to arrive at least 15 minutes before the starting time to avoid getting late for the pre-departure briefing. Late arrivals will not be able to catch up with the group and no refunds will be given for those who arrive after departure time.
Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for those with mobility problems.
Passengers travelling with child tickets will need to carry a valid proof of age.
this is a great tour our guide was excellent...ms patricia curnow, United Kingdom
A super few hours underground 😳.we visited three venues, all fascinating and full of history. Terrific guide - excellent English and a good sense of humour. Well worth it....Mrs S Millhouse, United Kingdom
...jennifer black, United States