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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Capuchin Crypt

Rome: Private Underground Catacombs and St. Celement Tour

Product ID: 305613
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Descend into the darkness on this private tour of Rome’s underworld. Discover the strangest rituals surrounding life and in death Rome has ever seen, from pagan mystery cults to a Catholic crypt covered in skulls.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Journey 50 feet underground to the Catacombs of Domitila
  • See pagan and Christian art in this city of the dead
  • Visit the 4th-century Basilica of St. Clement
  • Discover the weird rituals of the Temple of Mithras
  • Experience the eerie Capuchin Crypt, decorated with 4,000 human remains
Full description
Join a private tour of Rome’s underground to experience pagan Rome and the Christian city colliding. Surrounding the strange, eerie rituals revolving around death, you will descend into the darkness which lurks beneath the modern city.

Follow your expert guide through the labyrinthine Catacombs of Domitila, some 50 feet underground. There you can see the necropolis where Ancient Romans, including both pagans and Christians, buried their dead.

You will then travel onwards to the Basilica of St. Clement, a beautiful medieval church with a secret beneath it. Underground you’ll find a Christian basilica from the Roman period, and lower still, the Temple of Mithras. Mithraism was a strange Roman mystery cult with unusual ritual sacrifices, and your expert guide will enlighten you to the behaviors of this bizarre sect.

Finally, you will see the Capuchin Crypt. At this location, Capuchin Friars decorated the walls with the skulls and bones of their dead brethren in an evocative and eerie "momento mori".
Includes
  • Skip-the-line admission
  • Expert guide
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people
  • Headsets for groups of 6 or more (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Italian, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Portuguese)
  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned car between sights
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at Via del Circo Massimo 5, at the crossroads between Via del Circo Massimo and Viale Aventino, and by the newsstand at the "M" Metro sign of the subway station Circo Massimo, on the B line.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• This tour involves walking, please wear comfortable shoes and clothes

From £412.32 Per group up to 12