Small group catacombs and underground Rome tour
During this tour you’ll visit one of the famous Roman catacombs, you will see the Capuchin Crypt and one among the most interesting churches of Rome - San Clemente. All this in comfort as you’ll travel by minivan and in company of one of our expert guides. - LIMITED TO 7 PEOPLE PER MINIVANBOOK NOW
Highlights and what's included
- Local expert English-speaking tour guide for 3 hours
- Visit the Crypt of Capuchin
- Air-conditioned Minivan & Driver for 2 hours
- Entrance fees to the Catacombs of Priscilla and San Clemente church
- Limited to 7 people per minivan
Limited to only 7 people our small group underground Rome tour will begin 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!
One of the highlights of this tour is entering the warren-like structure of chambers and narrow passageways 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.
The tour will now continue with the magnificent church of San Clemente, 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 covers 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 Catacombs & Underground Rome tour finishes at St Clemente Church, a five-minute walk from the Colosseum and Metropoltina railway station.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Catacombs of Priscilla are closed from 24th July to 20th August - during that time we will operate an alternative itinerary featuring the Catacombs of San Sebastiano or San Calisto, the Appian way and San Clemente church
- NOT INCLUDED: entrance fees to the Crypt of Capuchin EUR 8.50 per person to be paid on the spot
Tour starts from Tritone fountain in Piazza Barberini square where you will find our guide holding a board with tour name written on it
- This tour is of a historical area and 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.
- DRESS CODE: Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter any religious place of worship
- Please wear comfortable footwear as this tour involves walking.
- The cost of the tour does not include hotel pick up and drop off
- At times, Museums and archeological sites close without notice. No refunds are available as these events are beyond our control.
- Important: Catacombs of Priscilla are closed from 24th July to 20th August - during that time we will operate an alternative itinerary featuring the Catacombs of San Sebastiano or San Calisto, the Appian way and San Clemente church
- Tour operates with a minimum of 4 participants
- Prices from: 85.00
- Duration: 3 hours
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