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Private Underground Rome & Catacombs Tour

Explore the Eternal City’s deepest and darkest side on a guided private Rome Catacombs Tour. You’ll have the unforgettable opportunity to discover the underground passages where the first Christians were buried. You’ll be accompanied by a local licensed guide who will unveil the facts behind the mysteries that lie beneath the city.

During our fascinating Rome Catacombs Tour, you will get to know more about the ancient burial customs in the city, discovering about all the secret spots where the first Christians would worship and how this underground world would serve as a perfect location for one of the largest human ossuaries the world has ever seen.   

Get exclusive access to the Catacombs of Rome on our private tour and dive deeper into Rome’s most fascinating and unusual history by uncovering the secrets of early Christianity with Avventure Bellissime.
 

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Highlights and what's included

  • Local Expert Guide for 3 hours
  • Air-conditioned Mini-Van & Driver for 3 hours
  • Private transfer from your hotel to the start of the tour with your guide
  • entrance fees to San Clemente church and Catacombs of Priscilla

Description

Our subterranean tour of Rome will start with the visit of the Capuchin Crypt, known also as the The Crypt of the Bones, located under the Santa Maria della Concezione church which was built in the early XVII century. Consisting of five successive chambers it is likely to leave a lasting impression on you. The Crypt in the past centuries used to be a burial place of the monks and the chambers are decorated in patterns constructed entirely of bones of around 4000 monks!

The next stop will feature the Catacombs of Priscilla located on the ancient via Salaria road. Often considered “regina catacumbarum – the queen of the catacombs” they are the most ancient and important of all the Rome catacombs. Famous for the wonderful paintings these catacombs are the perfect testament of life of the early Christian communities and feature the most ancient image of the Virgin Mary currently known. Dug from volcanic rock these tunnels are over 13 km long!

Your Local Expert Guide will take you down into the warren-like structure of chambers and narrow corridors to explore these ancient Christian burial grounds. During a fascinating tour of Rome's original Catacombs learn about the role that the Catacombs played during the times of religious persecution, along with other details and information that have been discovered during recent excavations of the site.

We'll then visit the magnificent church of St. Clement's, where you'll enjoy a journey back in time as you descend down three levels and through two thousand years of history. The medieval church was built over the remains of a 4th century basilica which was built over older buildings from the time of the emperor Nero and a sanctuary dedicated to the oriental divinity Mithras. The medieval basilica houses one of the finest mosaics from that time, representing the Tree of Life: over a golden background a cross as a tree of life spreads its branches to give life and sustenance to man.

The tour finishes at San Clemente church, a few minutes away from Colosseum underground/metropolitan station and buses stops.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Catacombs of Priscilla are closed from 24th July to 20th August - during that time the itinerary will feature the Appian way, San Sebastiano or San Calisto catacombs and the San Clemente church.

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Excluded

  • Gratuities
  • entrance fees to Crypt of Capuchins EUR 8.50 per person
  • If your Hotel is located outside Rome city center, there might be a small supplement for pick up at hotel and we will advise at the time of your booking

Meeting Point

Departure point for your Private Catacombs & Underground Rome tour will be advised at the time of your booking depending on the location of your accommodation

Other Information

  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.
  • At times, Museums and Churches close without notice. No refunds are available as these events are beyond our control.
  • DRESS CODE: Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter any religious place of worship
  • Important: Catacombs of Priscilla are closed from 24th July to 20th August - during that time the itinerary will feature the Appian way, San Sebastiano or San Calisto catacombs and the San Clemente church

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  • Prices from: 102.50
  • Duration: 3 hours
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