Discover Rome’s ancient, subterranean, Christian burial places on an Underground Rome Catacombs Tour!
With your Underground Rome Catacombs Tour tickets, you’ll uncover the many Christian catacombs located beneath the city of Rome. Unlike the pagans who cremated their dead, the followers of the new religion, Christianity, required burial upon their deaths. And, as a result, there are about 40 Christian catacombs, as well as six known Jewish catacombs in Rome. Travel between Rome’s hallowed grounds in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle as your guide brings you up to speed on the history of catacombs, including how and why they were constructed, how they were lost, and who later discovered them. It’s one of the best things to do in Rome!
You’ll start your tour at the Capuchin Crypt, which contains the remains of about 4,000 Capuchin friars. Its several small chapels are rather morbidly adorned with human bones, including countless skulls. You’ll also have the opportunity to peruse the Capuchin Museum, which has documented the Capuchin Order’s achievements throughout its history. Then, go underground at the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla and plumb its vast tunnel network. These catacombs are especially sacred because the oldest known painting of Virgin Mary was found here. Lastly, you’ll see one of the most recognizable churches in Rome at the Basilica di San Nicola in Carcere. Also called a “lasagne church”, there are many layers to this edifice and you’ll hear all about its construction and its fascinating history. If you want add a little mystery and intrigue during your Rome tour, then the Underground Rome Catacombs Tour is what to do in Rome!
You’ll visit Case Romane del Celio. Situated under the 3rd century villa of a wealthy patrician family, you’ll find frescoes by the most famous artists of the day, immaculately preserved for posterity.
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So there’s no last-minute rush, please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure time.
There are no refunds or re-bookings for late arrivals or no-shows.
There will be a group size of 15 or less people per guide.
Due to the religious nature of the sites, photography is not allowed.
No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows.
Sites on this itinerary include holy places and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper attire. It is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.
Basilica di San Nicola, which is the last site we visit, is subject to closures during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will run an alternative itinerary. The end point in this case may vary, however it will always be centrally located. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts in these cases.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs, or strollers on this tour.
There will a moderate amount of walking involved.