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This unforgettable tour of the crypts and catacombs that lay under the modern city of Rome offers Exclusive After-Hours access to the Catacombs of Priscilla. This tour takes you deeper into the unusual history of Rome, far below its busy streets and towering monuments. Visit the concealed side of this ancient city with an itinerary combining two of the most uncommon, mysterious and outlandish sights the Eternal City has to offer.

We begin with the impressive Capuchin Crypt, known locally as the ‘Bone Chapel’. Here Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate the walls and ceilings in intricate designs. You’ll see a real skull and crossbones, vertebrae chandeliers and full skeletons in their robes before drawing your own conclusions on the meaning of this macabre, yet intriguing place of prayer. The museum annex is also home to Caravaggio's masterpiece 'St. Francis in Meditation'.

After a short transfer by air-conditioned bus, you begin your visit to the ancient Catacombs of Priscilla.  With an expert, English-speaking guide on hand, you’ll explore these extensive tunnels lined with tombs carved right out of the rock, and hear the fascinating history of these sacred places. Here you have the privilege of experiencing the Catacombs when their doors are closed to the general public, as this tour has exclusive access during your visit. This allows for a special, intimate experience while you discover this incredible treasure without having to share it with any other visitors. Dating back almost 2,000 years to the 2nd century AD, this extensive network of tunnels snaking underground was once both a burial ground and a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome.

Get ready to have your assumptions about Rome turned upside down on this incredibly unique journey of discovery.
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Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
City Wonders
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Overview
Visit the Capuchin Crypt, aka Rome’s bone chapel, and discover the city’s bygone secrets, tucked away beneath the streets. Entering the chapel after the doors close to the general public, you’ll then enjoy an exclusive walk around the church to see its bone decorations up close. Continue to the centuries-old Catacombs of Priscilla where Rome’s early Christians gathered to pray and bury their dead.
Highlights
  • After-hours tour of the Capuchin Crypt and Catacombs of Priscilla
  • Visit the Capuchin Crypt after the site’s official closing time
  • Learn about the bone chapel and its macabre decorations
  • See a Caravaggio painting in the chapel’s museum annex
  • Visit the underground tunnels of the Catacombs of Priscilla
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Coolest tour and guide

I'd give this 6 stars if I could. Definitely recommend this tour, especially to escape the heat. So much history and most definitely not your run of the mill tour. Mike was such a deadly tour guide and he made the experience interesting and fun....More

Thank Danielle S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing tour with knowledgable and approachable guides

Rebecca was a knowledgeable guide (and an American who spoke immaculate English). The tour was amazing in summer as the catacombs are around 15 deg C. While photos are not allowed inside any of the underground areas, the tour is worth it as viewing these...More

Thank shawn l
Reviewed June 30, 2018
Such a let down!

This was the most expensive tour we did in Rome and it was the biggest let down of the whole trip! Knowing that we were going to be doing a whole lot of historical tours, I wanted to splurge and do one I thought our...More

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CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2018

Dear amymlong, Thank you for posting your review on Trip Advisor. I am sorry to hear that you did not like your experience with us. At City Wonders, we aim to deliver top quality services in all of our tours, and we are disappointed to...More

Reviewed April 25, 2018
When in Rome: Crypts, Vatican and Colesseum skip the line

We did 3 tours with Dark Rome - City Wonders. First the lesser known tour of the crypts and underground was really, Really cool and unique. Rebecca was fantastic: ask her about the craxy American, Russel Crow and her flashlight. We also did the Vatican...More

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Reviewed April 6, 2018
Dmitri was a wonderful guide!

We would highly recommend this tour. Very interesting - walk to the crypts and view how human bones were used to decorate the resting places of important Franciscan priests; then hop on a bus for a 15 min ride to the Priscilla catacombs and learn...More

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July 6, 2018|
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Response from VWagner2013 | Reviewed this property |
Not spooky at all. It just means that you are the last group in and no one else is around. It's great! Highly recommend it.
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April 27, 2018|
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Not sure what you mean by picked up there, there is usually a meeting spot. The location to meet is set up by the tour company. The tour usually lasts, as did ours about 2 hours. To me the Capuchin portion; bodies/skeletons... More
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