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Rome: History of Christianity Tour with Vatican & Catacombs

Product ID: 356190
Spend a great day experiencing the history of art, culture, and Christianity in Rome. Visit the burial grounds of both ancient early Christians in Rome and Franciscan Friars before spending the afternoon exploring the art collections at the Vatican.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Skip the line through a separate entrance
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
  • Take in the elaborate bone structures of the Capuchin Crypts
  • Visit one of the world's oldest highways, the Appian Way
  • Explore the Catacombs of Domitilla, an ancient Christian burial ground
  • Discover the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Journey through the history of Rome with an English-speaking guide
Full description
Start the tour with a morning visit to the Capuchin Crypts located under the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini Church. See the macabre catacombs where 3,700 Capuchin monks are buried in elaborate bone structures. Hear about how many of these structures are built to represent Christian symbols, and as your guide will explain, it has caused some controversy.

Then, head over to the oldest network of Catacombs in Rome, the Catacombs of Domitilla. Located 50 feet below ground, this nearly 10-mile long maze of tunnels acted as the burial grounds for early Christians. Next, walk on the same road that led Roman armies millennia ago. Find out how the Appian Way was 1 of the original 7 roads into Rome and went from all the way to Brindisi in modern-day Puglia. Admire the Aurelian Walls from the climate-controlled vehicle.

After this, head over to the Vatican Museums and enter with your skip-the-line tickets. Stroll through the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Maps. Explore the Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments which are full of paintings and frescoes by Raphael and his disciples and provide an amazing overview of Renaissance art.

Finally, step inside Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel - one of the most impressive and celebrated works of art in world history. Because silence is strictly enforced, your guide will describe what to look out for before entering. Make your last stop on the tour at St. Peter's Basilica. Enter through a special door directly from the Sistine Chapel. Visit Michelangelo's Pietà statue as well as Bernini's Baldacchino.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Catacombs of Domitilla and Capuchin Crypts
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Headsets to hear the tour guide clearly
  • English-speaking storyteller guide
  • Private luxury transportation to and from the Catacombs and Appian Way
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Piazza Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy. A representative will be at the meeting point holding a sign with "The Tour Guy" on it.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Jacket
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Inappropriate clothing
Know before you go
• Both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders otherwise you may be refused entry
• Please wear comfortable shoes
• All children will need to pay full price as they take up a seat in the vehicle
• Car seats are available
• The Vatican as well Via Appia Antica, the road used to access the Catacombs, are closed on Sundays
• The Domitilla Catacombs will be closed from mid-December to mid-January; in the case that your tour falls within this time, you will visit the Catacombs of St. Callixtus instead
• It isn’t possible to return to the Vatican Museums from St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums, you must forgo the guided tour of the basilica; also, if you’d like to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don't leave with the guide